Defending champ Brooks Koepka headlines the strongest field of the year
The 2019 PGA Championship is set to start tomorrow, May 16, and run through May 19 at the Bethpage State Park Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best PGA Championship lineup looks like:
Brooks Koepka ($10,400)
The PGA presents an embarrassment of riches — 99 of the world's top 100 players are on hand, with only Justin Thomas missing (injury). You really can't go wrong with any of the top tier — Tiger, Dustin, Rory — but we're going with the defending champion, who treats majors like his own personal playground. He's won three of his last seven, and he was a short 72nd-hole miss at The Masters away from possibly joining Tiger in a playoff. He's coming off a solo fourth at the Nelson (65-66-68-65), so his current form is pretty impeccable. It's bombs away for Brooks this week.
Tony Finau ($8,800)
The PGA has been the scene of a lot of first-time major winners — Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, et al — and we wouldn't be at all surprised to see Finau join their number. His experience in the final group at the 2019 Masters, where he birdied three of the last six holes to climb back into the top 5, will serve him well the next time he's in that position. Maybe on Sunday.
Patrick Cantlay ($8,200)
It's easy to forget amid the Tiger frenzy, but Cantlay briefly grabbed a piece of the lead on the back 9 on Masters Sunday. His T9 at Augusta was his first major top 10, but he's 8-for-9 in cuts at the big four, and his game has no holes — he's sixth in SG: Total and has six top 10s this season.
Sergio Garcia ($7,900)
It's rare to identify a course horse at a non-Masters major, but Sergio's record at Bethpage Black — he's the only player in the world with three top 10s on the track — is impossible to ignore. He was fourth at the 2002 U.S. Open, even while Phil and Tiger partisans chanted "U-S-A" at the combustible Spaniard, and he went on to post a T10 at the 2009 U.S. Open and a T3 at the 2012 Barclays. Fans at the Black have gradually softened to him, although he's at a point of using hostility as fuel. Has 11 worldwide top 10s since September.
Webb Simpson ($7,600)
You might be surprised to learn (as I was) that Simpson is the only player on Tour to finish in the top 20 in each of the last five majors. That kind of consistency will get you a spot on our list. Joined the Sunday frenzy at Augusta after a third-round 64. The Black has the feel of a U.S. Open course (it's hosted one, after all), and Simpson has a U.S. Open win on his resume.
Jorge Campillo ($6,900)
He labors in the relative obscurity of Europe and Asia, but get a load of Campillo's last six worldwide finishes: T2, T2, T20, 3, 1, 3. I don't care where you play; that's amazing. He's jumped 53 spots in the world ranking over that span to No. 59, but he's playing better than many of the guys ranked ahead of him. Definitely worth a flyer.