PGA Championship at Bethpage Black DraftKings Preview
The PGA Championship makes its way to Bethpage State Park this weekend. The popular public course will flex its muscles as the playing conditions will be fairly difficult. Rain and mud will be a factor in the tournament. According to the weather forecast, it looks to be rain-free and in the mid-60’s for the highs. Bethpage Black will be the course and it will mark the third time it has hosted a PGA Tour major event. Driving distance and accuracy will be crucial as the course is watershed and the fairways are narrow. The best golfers of the world will truly shine in Farmingdale.
Dustin Johnson ($11,100):
My choice to win the PGA Championship will be the former Coastal Carolina golfer. He has been in great form this season with 2 wins and 8 top-10’s. His game consists of a great mix driving distance and his greens in regulation percentage make him a solid bet for Bethpage Black. Not to mention his average score on 18 holes in 69.564.
Jason Day ($9,000):
I understand that Day is playing with a major back injury, but that hasn’t slowed him down in PGA Tour play. He finished 5th at The Masters and 8th at The Players Championship. I love the price and his driving abilities swayed me to go in his direction. Bryson DeChambeau at $8,900 was tempting as well.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,500):
A well-rounded golfer who will get you points with plenty of birdies, Matsuyama is a threat for the PGA Championship. He has made all 13 cuts and garnished 3 top-10’s. Hideki is another great driver, who also lands in the green 70% of the time.
Louis Oostuzien ($7,800):
The South African professional is one of the most reliable golfers in the field. With 1 win this season at the Valspar Championship, Louis looks to make some noise this weekend. He has a textbook swing and there are virtually zero flaws in his game, he does everything well…maybe not great…but well. This makes for a great play at the challenging course at Bethpage Black.
Eddie Pepperell ($6,900):
One of my lower priced options will be the Englishmen Pepperell. Coming off of a 2nd place finish at the British Masters, Eddie has the ability to steal the show in New York. He also placed 3rd at The Players Championship.
Erik Van Rooyen ($6,700):
Another South African has made the cut for my lineup. Van Rooyen has been a mainstay in the European circuit, and I see him continuing the solid play at Bethpage. Once you get in these lower price ranges it is tough to analyze who are the better bargains, but Van Rooyen is a diamond in the rough. He is truly my sleeper choice at 250/1 to win the tournament.
References: pgatour.com, Sports Illustrated, oddsshark.com, DraftKings