Breaking down PGA Championship DraftKings picks for the week at Augusta National with top plays, top fades and building a PGA DFS golf lineup.
As we come to the 2023 PGA Championship, we know that the field at Oak Hill Country Club is obviously going to be loaded. However, as we make our PGA Championship DraftKings picks, we have to find the right players and right PGA DFS lineup build to really cash in on the right value plays.
There are some pretty clear spots to stay away from on DraftKings due to injuries or obvious misprices in the wrong direction for the PGA Championship. However, fading players is only part of the game. We have to find the players who are worth their price and perhaps have more upside than what their price would tell you.
Subsequently, let’s take a look at our full 2023 PGA Championship DraftKings picks as we break down our top plays and fades for each pricing range before building our winning PGA DFS lineup for Oak Hill this week.
PGA Championship DraftKings picks for PGA DFS lineups: Top Plays
$10,000: Jon Rahm ($11,400) – Yes, he’s the most expensive guy on the slate, but how can you not love Jon Rahm this week when he checks every box? He’s an elite ball striker who has been in great form, is long off of the tee, and can be a wizard with his short game. I favor him over Scheffler at the top of the board due to his putting prowess of late, but I’d be willing to pay up for Rahm in this tournament, even if it is indeed costly. Also Consider: Scottie Scheffler ($11,200), Rory McIlroy ($10,700), Brooks Koepka ($10,100)
$9,000: Viktor Hovland ($9,100) – At the risk of becoming a parody of myself, this feels like a great fit for Viktor Hovland if he can continue to prove that he’s improved his short game. His length and precision off the tee combined with elite ability on approach are perfect for what you’re looking for at Oak Hill. He’s been in the mix at the last two majors and I think we see it again this week as well. Also Consider: Xander Schauffele ($9,900), Tony Finau ($9,500), Justin Thomas ($9,400), Cameron Smith ($9,300), Sungjae Im ($9,000)
$8,000: Tommy Fleetwood ($8,000) – There are a lot of great values in the $8K range but the value at the very bottom of the tier with Tommy Fleetwood is impossible to ignore. His last two starts were the last two designated events and he finished T15 and T5, showing his form. He has the all-around game to contend here and, after being T5 at the PGA Championship last year too, this value is extremely enticing. Also Consider: Dustin Johnson ($8,800), Max Homa ($8,700), Tyrrell Hatton ($8,500), Matt Fitzpatrick ($8,400), Shane Lowry ($8,300)
$7,000: Adam Scott ($7,800) – Somehow, my two favorite plays in the $7K range are both at $7,800 with Adam Scott and Taylor Moore. But I slightly favor Scott in this spot. He’s a been a Top 10 player on the PGA Tour in proximity on long approaches this season, has been crushing it with the short game, and has the requisite length and accuracy off of the tee. After a Top 10 the last time the PGA was at Oak Hill, I love him to show up again in his form. Also Consider: Corey Conners ($7,900), Taylor Moore ($7,800), Rickie Fowler ($7,600), Wyndham Clark ($7,500), Nicolai Hojgaard ($7,200), Si Woo Kim ($7,100)
$6,000: Hayden Buckley ($6,600) – If we’re digging for value, you aren’t going to find a better overall fit than Hayden Buckley. At just $6,600, he has been gaining 1.97 weighted strokes with ball striking over his last 20 rounds and has been just barely above average with the putter. Around the green play does concern me but, overall, he has real upside in this form. Also Consider: Beau Hossler ($6,900), Jordan Smith ($6,800), Ryan Fox ($6,500)
PGA Championship DraftKings picks for PGA DFS lineups: Top Fades
$10,000: Collin Morikawa ($10,300) – Some people are going to say that Morikawa’s lack of length is the biggest issue with this. That’s not it for me. Instead, it all comes down to the pricing. Even with his approach play being sneakily at one of the highs of his career, the fact of the matter is the finishes haven’t been following in line for Morikawa overall. I’m not sure why he’s part of this $10K range but I won’t be putting stock into him this week.
$9,000: Jordan Spieth ($9,600) – Based on the play we’ve seen this season and with Spieth seemingly having figured out the driver, I would love to play him. However, he withdrew last week from the Byron Nelson due to a wrist injury. That’s enough in a deep $9K range to scare me away as I’m just not sure how healthy he is at this point.
$8,000: Sahith Theegala ($8,100) – The upside with Sahith Theegala is always there, but his style of play scares me to death at Oak Hill. He has a tendency to be erratic off of the tee and, while he could be successfully wild in some capacity, the fact of the matter is that he could also find himself in a lot of bad positions on a golf course where that’s extremely penal. Even at this price, I can’t condone that in PGA DFS contests.
$7,000: Bryson DeChambeau ($7,400) – We’ve started to see some nice things from DeChambeau on LIV recently and he clearly, when you look at him, has his weight and fitness under more control right now. The truth is, however, that he just hasn’t been playing at an elite level. With so many guys in the $7K range that could pop, don’t fall into the Bryson-at-Winged-Foot Part Two trap.
PGA Championship: Best DraftKings golf PGA DFS lineup
- Jon Rahm ($11,400)
- Viktor Hovland ($9,100)
- Tommy Fleetwood ($8,000)
- Adam Scott ($7,800)
- Si Woo Kim ($7,100)
- Hayden Buckley ($6,600)
We have all of our top plays in this lineup, so there’s not a whole lot of belaboring the point. I love the upside and what I believe are high floors for all of those, which leaves us with the wildcard of wildcards, Si Woo Kim.
Fresh off of finishing T2 last week at the Byron Nelson, though, I love where Kim is. He’s immensely talented and streaky and his ball striking appears to be peaking right now while his putting has improved of late. He is a real dark horse at all times and I love him this week at the PGA Championship.