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Fantasy Golf Picks: The PGA Championship

Golf Picks: Rory McIlroy at PGA Championship

Golf Picks: Rory McIlroy at PGA Championship

The PGA Championship golf tournament is set for Aug. 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help. 

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Here's what our best PGA Championship 2018 lineup looks like:

Rory McIlroy ($11,000)

Far more mystifying than Tiger's injury-instigated major drought? The fact that a hale and hearty Rory McIlroy is now four years removed from his last major victory. That 2014 PGA win in the gloaming at Valhalla was Rory's fourth major win in four years, and it looked like the start of a Tiger-style ascendancy. Hasn't happened, but he's only 29, and it still could. He was in the final pairing at Firestone, and he has a T5 (Masters) and T2 (British) on his major ledger this year. No worries with his ball striking (9th in SG: Tee-to-Green, 1st in Driving Distance); he's a putt or two away from a drought-buster.   

Patrick Cantlay ($8,400)

Five of the last seven Wanamaker Trophies have been hoisted by first-time major winners (Rory's two wins interrupt the streak), and Cantlay looks like a viable candidate to continue the trend. He's a tee-to-green savant (8th in SG: Tee-to-Green) and is coming off a T6 in his Bridgestone debut. Had his career-best finish in a major a few weeks ago at the British (T12). Since a MC at The Masters, he's finished T23 or better in six of eight starts.

Tony Finau ($8,100)

Would it surprise you to learn that the big Utahn (or is it Utahan?) is three for three in major top 10s this year, including a solo fifth at the U.S. Open? He's also coming off a T10 at his Bridgestone debut, running his string of top-27 finishes at WGC events to a tidy four-for-four. The guy simply plays well at the big events, and a breakthrough, validating PGA win a la Justin Thomas in 2017 wouldn't surprise us a bit.  

Bryson DeChambeau ($7,900)

The game's resident oddball — part tortured artist, part mad scientist — is seeing his unconventional approach to the game pay off (sixth in FedExCup points, 10th in SG: Total, a career-best 22nd in the world). He's made the cut in his last four majors, including a T33 at the PGA last year. After an opening 75 at Firestone, he went 69-68-67. We like that trend line.         

Luke List ($7,100)

We're becoming a broken record with this guy, but he's done everything but win this year. He doesn't have much of a major resume, but the PGA is a prime spot for breakthroughs from mid-tier guys (Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker) and out-of-nowhere one-timers (Rich Been, Shaun Micheel, Y.E. Yang). You could comfortably slot List into either category. 

Si Woo Kim ($7,000)

The 2017 Players Champion hasn't lived up to the promise of that moment, but when you're rifling through the bargain bin, you could do a lot worse. He's coming off a T10 at Firestone, a sign that he's returning to the form that saw him finish T2 at the Heritage a week after a top 25 at The Masters.