Playing the Tips

Expert Picks: PGA Championship

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Playing the Tips! 

Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our fantasy staffers at 

Here is a quick rundown of what sites and formats we will cover each week: 

Page 1 will feature all of our selections for and Yahoo! Fantasy Golf.
Page 2 will go over One-and-Done as well as Daily Fantasy Golf picks. 
Page 3 will take a look across the pond with Fantasy Race to Dubai selections. 

Dave Tindall has you covered for all things European Tour. Check out his PGA Championship Preview (Euro Edition).

Mo Yoshimoto looks at everything you might have missed in Canada last week, check out his RBC Canadian Open Recap

Now for the picks... Fantasy Golf

Ryan O’Sullivan


2016 Earnings: $15,697,596

2016 Rank: 5,656 of 41,404

Group 1: Dustin Johnson

Group 2: Phil Mickelson

Group 3: Andy Sullivan
Group 4: Steve Stricker

ANALYSIS: A squad that is playing some great golf recently. In fact at The Open they finished T12 or better. Hot fire! 

Josh Culp


2016 Earnings:  $14,649,402

2016 Rank: 9,094 of 41,404


Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Adam Scott

Group 3: Kevin Chappell
Group 4: Tony Finau

ANALYSIS:  For this squad I leaned on distance and approach play. McIlroy may have a chip on his shoulder after receiving so many questions about being on the fringe of the big 3/4. 



Mo Yoshimoto



2016 Earnings: $15,026,001

2016 Rank: 7,764 of 41,404


Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Phil Mickelson

Group 3: Andy Sullivan
Group 4: Brendan Steele

ANALYSIS: Rory and Phil are great plays. They are recognizable on a first-name basis, after all. Sullivan arrives in great form and Steele is more talented than 90% of the pool of golfers in Group 4. 

Yahoo! Fantasy Golf

*Make sure you check our Twitter accounts for any updates before the first tee ball flies on Thursday. Change in weather, tee times, etc. can always lead to last-minute changes and we will let you know through our social media channels. 
Josh Culp

“Future of Fantasy” 

Full Season Points: 4,207
Full Season Rank: 7,599
Summer Points: 603
Summer Rank: 7,341


Group A

Jordan Spieth (3): While lots of people talk about distance, all the players seem to cite accuracy as a key this week. Spieth is not the most accurate, but he manages the course well and that often leads to misses in the right spots and not extremely off the fairway. That should put him in position to attack the greens this week. 

Sergio Garcia (8): Plenty of starts left and his track record in majors speaks for itself. There are obviously plenty of good plays in group A.

Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson

Group B

Justin Rose (4): With his health no longer a concern, he may actually have an advantage down the stretch in terms of fatigue. That should mean a top 25 is in the cards this week. 

Rory McIlroy (4): When a course plays over 7,400 yards I immediately jump to roster McIlroy. 

Henrik Stenson (3): Coming off one of the greatest major championship performances at The Open. How will he respond? That is to be determined but I'm willing to roster him and find out because of his long-term consistency. 

Kevin Chappell (7): Playing tremendous golf in 2016, I think he's flying in way under the radar. He's also been known to take it real low on any given round, which is great for Yahoo scoring. 


Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker


Group C
Emiliano Grillo (9): Despite a mediocre finish at the Canadian Open, he still arrived with top 15s in three of his last five starts. 

Danny Willett (10): Kuchar is obviously a good play here, but I have just one start remaining. While I'm not afraid to exhaust those starts if a golfer sticks out above the rest, I don't think Willett is too far behind Kuchar, so he's my man in this spot. 

Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace


Ryan O’Sullivan (O)

“The Golf Aficionado”

Full Season Points: 4,257
Full Season Ranking: 5,359
Summer Points: 553
Summer Rank: 19,502


Group A
Dustin Johnson (4) and Phil Mickelson (5)

Group B
Rory McIlroy (4), Zach Johnson (5), J.B. Holmes (7), and Henrik Stenson (3)

Group C
Charl Schwartzel (7) and Andy Sullivan (10)


Mo Yoshimoto



Full Season Points: 4,108
Full Season Ranking: 12,734
Summer Points: 485
Summer Rank: 32,830

Group A
Phil Mickelson (7) and Sergio Garcia (7)

Group B
Rory McIlroy (5), Henrik Stenson (6), Justin Rose (8), and Lee Westwood (10)

Group C
Andy Sullivan (9) and Charl Schwartzel (8)




Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]

I will be giving out selections for one team each week. 

This week I will enter the following lineup into the Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest. As the name suggests, the winner walks away with a smooth $1 Million. 

This contest has a large number of entries, with guaranteed prize payouts, which means we can't play it safe if we want to see our name at the top! 

DraftKings Picks:

Rory McIlroy ($11,400): Birdies are going to be at a premium on a tough track like Baltusrol, so I want the golfer who is best at birdie or better percentage. McIlroy is that man for me. 
Emiliano Grillo ($6,900): After spending up on McIlroy, the Agerntine is a great salary saver. His precision off the tee should keep him right in the mix and earn him a weekend tee time.  

Kevin Chappell ($6,700): He's 8-for-10 in his career at majors, and he's played too good this year to walk out without a trophy. He owns a pair of top 10s at the U.S. Open and Baltusrol is a past U.S. Open venue, so I think it should suite his style of play. 

Danny Willett ($8,200): The Englishman is out of form, but decpetively close to putting it all together again. I think his Masters' hangover is coming to an end and he's ready to put his name back in the mix again. 

Brandt Snedeker ($7,500): Likes to announce himself before a win on TOUR. He arrives with T5-T22-T21 over his last three starts. The tough betngrass greens should be right up his alley and the long par 4s are right up his alley. 

Rickie Fowler ($9,200): He finished T10 at the Bridgestone two starts ago, but outside the top 40 in five of his last six. His lack of current form puts him way off the radar for most, but he's still one of the most talented golfers in the world without a major championship to his name. I won't be sleeping on him. 

Other Picks to Consider
Phil Mickelson ($10,200): As the most recent winner at Baltusrol (2005) and runner-up at The Open, he brings in a great mix of history at the course and recent form. 

Jordan Spieth ($11,100): His current form gets a deeper criticism because of the high standards he's set for himself. Regardless of the slight decline, he still remains a tremendous birdie maker and we've seen him run away and hide from fields at times. He will not be as popular as Dustin Johnson or Jason Day, but his upside is just as high.  


Each week I think aloud to provide you with my One-and-Done selection as well as a few alternatives. Fade or Follow? You decide!

Grillo couldn't muster up a top-heavy finish last week, but luckily we get to reset the clock for a new week. 

This week at Baltusrol, we don't want to lean on course hsitory since it hasn't hosted a PGA Championship since 2005. Instead, we should start at the top and to me that is Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Jason Day. Unfortunately I've used all of them at this point in the season. 

The next tier for me includes Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott. I do have Willett available so that is my pick, Danny Willett. He's gone a bit cold since slipping on the green jacket, but looking at his performance in big events over the last two seasons, you can't help but be impressed. He posted top 20s in 5-of-6 WGC events played and also owns a T6 at 2015 Open to go along with the victory at the Masters. I think the Englishman gets back on track this week.  


Past Results:

Wins: 1
Top 10s: 
Top 20s: 
Missed Cuts: 
Total Events: 



2016 Fantasy Race to Dubai


Dave Tindall is our main man in Europe. In addition to his weekly previews of European Tour events on Mondays, he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at


Format: Pick 6 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Captain’s points are trebled and vice-captain’s doubled. Unlimited team changes can be made each week.


Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)

Last week: Had most of the main protagonists at Royal Troon but not making Stenson captain or vice-captain meant a modest gain of 207 spots.

Position: 6,003

This week:


Rory McIlroy (captain): Fantastic record in this event with two wins (2012 and 2014) and a pair of third places. Top five at Royal Troon from ‘wrong’ side of draw was decent. Driving it well so Baltusrol should suit him.

Sergio Garcia (vice-captain): T5 in last two majors and an excellent record on Tillinghast tracks so deserves VC status. Could this be Sergio’s time given that the 2016 majors have all been won by first-timers?


Justin Rose: Some decent play (T10 Masters, T22 Open) in the majors this year and has two recent top fives in this event. Baltusrol appears a good fit and he’ll be fresher than most after pegging it up just three times since mid-May due to injury.


Henrik Stenson: No-brainer although could he suffer a dip after his phenomenal Open victory? It’s a possibility and enough for me to deny him C or VC status. Others will think differently, especially as he has four top 6s in his last six starts in the PGA.


Patrick Reed: Getting better in the majors and T12 at Royal Troon was a peak. He’ll improve on that soon and it could well be here if his putter stays hot. 2-for-2 in the year’s final major.


Soren Kjeldsen: Having a career year in the majors with T7 at Augusta National and T9 at Royal Troon. Finds lots of fairways and has a T6 in this event at Hazeltine in 2009.



Matt Cooper joins Dave Tindall as a part of our European team. He contributes to player news, and he’ll share his selections and analysis for the Fantasy Race to Dubai at

Team Cooper (Team name: NormanStanleyFletcher)


Last week: Managed to have Stenson. McIlroy and Garcia (3 of the 4 top finishers) on the team, but not one of them was captain or VC so lost 800 places. Hoping the aim remains true, but with the bonus picks this time.


Position: 3,194th


Rory McIlroy (captain):  As frustrating as Troon was, he should be somewhat mollified by the fact that he performed as well as anyone from the wrong end of the draw. In some ways could be argued it was one of his best links performances, indeed. Hoping that he has the bit between his teeth this week, to make up for lost chances, rather than a niggling irritation: it's such a fine line.


Sergio Garcia (vice captain): His quality shines in major and his form (1-5-5-5) isn't going to put me off. A nice solid T23 when he played Baltusrol in 2005 and his long game – being able to move it both ways – looks a good fits for the Tillinghast test.


Martin Kaymer: Winner of the event in 2010 and has talked of the physical challenge of the fourth major. Could be a bigger factor this year so soon after the Open. If it is I like that he is fit as a fiddle and knows what to expect.


Justin Rose: Always thrived in New Jersey and is a classy performer ticking away, ready to press the accelerator. Think the classic layout will suit his game.


Henrik Stenson: Happy to keep the counters on his number. Would be an astounding double if he pulled it off, but no reason to think he won't play very well.


Patrick Reed: T10 and T12 in the Scottish and Open made for very nice returns in this competition and I like his chances up against the European Tour back home and on this track.





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