2018 PGA Championship PGA DFS Cash Game Preview
Justin Thomas won the WGC Bridgestone in its swan song at Firestone Country Club, walking away with a multi-stroke win leading into this week’s PGA Championship. Thomas was able to get ahead of the field on Saturday and carried his three-stroke lead all-day Sunday, only really getting a charge from Jason Day mid-round. He looks to defend his title at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis this week. For Thomas, it was win number three on the year at a nice 30/1 clip at Vegas books. He sits second in the world and second in FedEx Cup points.
The final major of the season has the pros heading down to Missouri as the PGA Championship will be hosted in August for the final time. Next year, it will move to May and be held at Bethpage Black up in Long Island. With some wet weather currently hitting the course and the Country Club expect to hold back on fast greens, there are many angles to attack this week in hopes of cashing. Let’s take a look at some cash plays to hopefully put you in the green with DraftKings’ major pricing.
Jon Rahm, $9100 – Temperament aside, Rahm’s talent at low $9ks is plenty to help go towards playing in cash games. At birdiefests, Rahm shines. He ranks 2nd in par 4 scoring, sixth off the tee and 18th in approach. Sure, he’s missed his last two major cuts, but was also leaking oil before, losing strokes in his approach in 5-of-6 tournaments. He gained 4.2 last week at the Bridgestone, but continues to be solid off the tee. The stats for the French and Irish Open don’t show, but he finished 4th and 5th respectively. He’s too good to be this low as the seventh ranked player in the world.
Charles Howell III, $7200 – This price is obnoxious. All CH3 has done this year was make every cut outside of the British and Honda, finish inside the top 30 in four straight, and gain strokes off the tee and approach in the last three measurable tournaments. He knows how to scramble and should be an auto play here. He’s eighth in scrambling and 13th in DK points. Throw in 16th in Par 4 scoring and at $7.2k, it seems like a mistake to leave Chucky off your squad.
Zach Johnson, $7500 – The plotter seems to find a way to be in most majors even later in his career. Despite losing almost five strokes off the tee last week, Johnson put together a 17th place finish, gaining almost six strokes around the green. At an event like this with closely mown greens, short game will be a premium. He has already finished 36th, 12th and 17th at this year’s majors and is currently 80/1 here. With softer greens, his iron play will need to be dialed in, but I wouldn’t expect that to disappear since he’s missed one cut this year.
Bryson DeChambeau, $7900 – Another one that doesn’t make sense here is Bryson sub $8k. Had a dismal first round at the WGC, he bounced back to a 30th place finish even though he lost 2.5 stokes putting. He’s made the cut at all three majors this year and has gained strokes in all but one tournament off the tee since February, where he still finished ninth at the Travelers. He was in contention across the sea, but his game has been in good shape for a while. He’s sitting at 50/1 and should be another cash viable option.
The end of major season brings us to the FedEx Cup playoffs, but this week should have plenty of excitement. With the major moving to May, it should get more attention and be less overshadowed by its close neighbor, the Open Championship. Bethpage should also add a spark, but we will see what St. Louis has to offer this year. Enjoy the weekend, folks!