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PGA Championship Power Rankings and Draft Kings Preview

It major time again. I always love the release of the Daily Fantasy pricing and making my picks. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I suppose for some fans and course history will play less of a factor. There just really isn’t any relevant course history most years outside of the Masters where courses rotate. This year’s version of the PGA champ will be held on May 18?21 at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York.

The last time Oak Hill hosted a PGA Championship was 2013 and another ten years prior in 2003. It also hosted the 1989 US Open. Jason Dufner won in 2013 and Shaun Micheel in 2003. The course is 7449 yards for this edition playing roughly 300 yards longer than in 2013. Unfortunately Jason Dufner has withdrawn from this year’s field. Here is the layout of the East Course and the top 10 finishers in 2013.

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Adam Scott will be playing this year. While it’s nice to know they can have success on this course I wouldn’t put to much stock in a finish from 10 years ago. Shorter hitters like Dufner and Furyk were more successful, but the course will play 300 yards longer in this version. That’s also important to remember.

The PGA Championship has a section of club professionals that will play alongside the tour pros but they never factor much. The field itself is the strongest tournament field overall even with that section of players included. Other Majors also have oldster former winners, qualifiers etc. The top 100 players in the world are invited. That’s more strength of field than any other tournament even as it’s perhaps the Major with the least prestige. Winning it to me is probably the hardest to accomplish with so many world class players.

With course history and many styles of players having been successful in the past at Oak Hill I will lean much more on the quality of golfer and those players that have top 20 talent and pedigree. For me I believe when on Brooks Koepka is in a tier with Jon Rahm as the two most talent golfers in the world. It’s harder to guage on the LIV tour but his form since just before the Masters has really trended back in the right direction. I’ll be playing lots of stock of Koepka this tournament. My core on Draftkings will be Dustin Johnson, Brooks, and Justin Thomas. Beware that Jordan Spieth is “50-50” to play in next week’s PGA Championship due to an injured tendon in his left wrist, George Savaricas of Golf Channel reports.

1Jon Rahm11400104.92
2Scottie Scheffler1120099
3Brooks Koepka1010080
4Justin Thomas940076.35
5Dustin Johnson880062.42
6Rory McIlroy1070079.89
7Collin Morikawa1030075.46
8Xander Schauffele990089.38
9Patrick Cantlay970091.7
10Cameron Smith930075.22
11Viktor Hovland910088.89
12Jason Day890073.18
13Jordan Spieth960073.5
14Tony Finau950087
15Hideki Matsuyama860068.86
16Tommy Fleetwood800072.64
17Adam Scott780076.2
18Cameron Young920079.46
19Sungjae Im900081.29
20Max Homa870086.46
21Joaquin Niemann790065.71
22Tyrrell Hatton850079
23Matt Fitzpatrick840066.96
24Keegan Bradley770068.92
25Justin Rose770071.75
26Patrick Reed760074.72
27Sam Burns820066.57
28Harris English720059.92
29Tom Kim800075.43
30Rickie Fowler760078.58
31Abraham Ancer750055.81
32Paul Casey730066.08
33Billy Horschel720052.21
34Webb Simpson710048.79
35Bryson DeChambeau740051.58
36Shane Lowry830060.77
37Sahith Theegala810077.91
38Chris Kirk700069.78
39Phil Mickelson700069.17
40Brian Harman680065.07
41Corey Conners790069.2
42Taylor Moore780063.19
43Talor Gooch760081.58
44Si Woo Kim710068.31
45Gary Woodland710058.5
46Francesco Molinari680046.27
47Wyndham Clark750078.5
48Mito Pereira700079
49Christiaan Bezuidenhout720064.35
50Alex Noren670056.07
51Matt Kuchar690064.88
52Danny Willett670054.82
53Adam Hadwin690063.54
54Thomas Pieters680063.06
55Anirban Lahiri680066
56Harold Varner III660063.42
57Cameron Davis740056.41
58Thomas Detry740070.67
59Denny McCarthy740069.03
60Brendon Todd730066.56
61Emiliano Grillo730064.69
62Victor Perez730087.3
63Russell Henley730063.42
64Taylor Montgomery720074.94
65Nicolai Hojgaard720084.54
66Min Woo Lee720070.72
67Kurt Kitayama710053.81
68Keith Mitchell710067.43
69Davis Riley710053.36
70Seamus Power700074.47
71J.J. Spaun700061.56
72Ben Taylor700058.03
73Lucas Herbert700063.46
74Aaron Wise690065.45
75Dean Burmester690070.69
76Robert Macintyre690065.39
77Tom Hoge690069.47
78Beau Hossler690060.39
79Maverick McNealy690061.64
80Ben Griffin680068.25
81Mackenzie Hughes680055.83
82Yannik Paul680073.72
83Taylor Pendrith680055.59
84Jordan L. Smith680073.61
85Adrian Meronk670067.88
86Sepp Straka670054.55
87Brandon Wu670064.26
88Padraig Harrington670071.6
89Kyoung-Hoon Lee670069.8
90Patrick Rodgers670061.75
91Scott Stallings670060.77
92Matt Wallace660053.5
93Callum Shinkwin660058.1
94Brendan Steele660057.82
95Jimmy Walker630050.4
96Adam Svensson660063.53
97Hayden Buckley660065.25
98Joel Dahmen660061.19
99Nick Hardy660056.36
100Mark Hubbard660054.65
101Adri Arnaus650058.82
102Ryan Fox650059.79
103Rasmus Hojgaard650061.94
104Kevin Kisner650035.64
105Thorbjorn Olesen650097.79
106Adam Schenk650056.72
107Justin Suh650059.75
108Nick Taylor650066.06
109Zach Johnson650049.82
110Thriston Lawrence640059.08
111Adrian Otaegui640069.71
112Kazuki Higa640050.25
113Trey Mullinax640046.88
114Andrew Putnam640063.55
115Luke Donald640046.54
116Rikuya Hoshino640061.29
117Sadom Kaewkanjana640044.5
118Martin Kaymer640046.25
119J.T. Poston630057.25
120Alex Smalley630057.97
121Matthew NeSmith630052.34
122Sam Ryder630060.14
123Davis Thompson630060.82
124Lee Hodges630051.15
125Chez Reavie630042.72
126John Somers63000
127Pablo Larrazabal620073.93
128Ockie Strydom620063.5
129Y.E. Yang620055.44
130Alex Beach62000
131Michael Block620037.5
132Matt Cahill62000
133Chris French62000
134Russell Grove62000
135Anthony Cordes61000
136Jesse Droemer61000
137Nicolas Echavarria610046.74
138Steve Holmes61000
139Colin Inglis61000
140Ben Kern610018
141J.J. Killeen61000
142Sihwan Kim610032.4
143Kenny Pigman61000
144Gabe Reynolds61000
145Greg Koch600028.5
146David Micheluzzi600081
147Chris Sanger60000
148Braden Shattuck60000
149Josh Speight60000
150Jeremy Wells60000
151Wyatt Worthington60000
152Steven Alker600089.7
153John Daly600032.9
154Shaun Micheel60000

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