99th PGA Championship
TPC Quail Hollow / Charlotte, NC
7,600 yards par 71
Many players in the field have won at TPC Quail Hollow in the years past but when they tee off on Thursday the course will have a very different feel than what they have been used to. Every green on the golf course was reseeded and many have added contours that will make pins on Sunday very difficult to stay close to. Talks or rumblings have spread that caddies have attempted to figure out the firmness in the greens and are not able to press a golf tee down into the greens more than an inch. That’s firm my friends, I was going to put a tasteless joke in right there but I’ll spare you all. The finishing three holes at Quail Hollow have one of the best nicknames “the green mile.” Holes 16, 17 and 18 all play above par for average, many will feel relieved to complete with a one over through these holes as a success. Plenty of water and narrow fairways along with bunkers that are ready to beach hitters of all lengths surround the Green Mile finish. Good luck to the field as I am expecting the winner this week to be less than -9 when they hoist the Wannamaker trophy up Sunday on the 18th.
Rory looks to lock up his 5th Major Championship this week and I really like his chances. Do you want to know why? Glad you answered yes. Since 2010 Rory McIlroy ranks first in the PGA in score to par -66, scoring average 69.5, birdies/eagle 144 and top 10 finishes 6 out of 7 years. I can hear my brother yelling at me right now, “Not So Fast!” He won’t shut up about Speith winning this week. Where’s the eyes rolling emoji face when I need it? Jordan Speith would be the youngest ever in the history of golf to win the allusive career Grand Slam. Yes, you read that correctly Speith would complete this crazy accomplishment at age 24. Some of you may not be 24 yet, others have seen those days come and go long ago. I’m just happy to survive some of the dumb things I did back then but that’s for another article (one I won’t tell my parents about, lol.) Only 5 other golfers have completed the career Grand Slam in Men’s Golf.
Yes this is a golf DFS article…If you have followed lil bro and myself through this short journey so far though you would know that we like to do things a little differently than you may be used to when reading DFS articles. Not everything in this world should be so serious and complicated. We both like to have a lot of fun when we write these and talk a lot about what we want this article to look and feel like. I hope that translates and everyone enjoys, if you are looking for straight-forward information about who to play in the PGA tournament this weekend then slide on down to Tim2Fresh lineups down below and skip my “nonsense” about the course and anything else I ramble on about. Haha, is it mean I find it funny that I was going to move this paragraph to the top and then said screw it? Probably. Wait, was I doing an IG? Yes. The PGA tour just finalized the move of the PGA Championship to move to May starting in 2019, thus pushing the Players Championship (Played at TPC Sawgrass just south of Jacksonville, FL almost always ending on Sunday Mother’s day) to March. Many reasons surround the move from August to May for the PGA Championship but one of the most interesting was not wanting to compete with Football. The PGA wanted to get through their playoffs before regular season football starts. Football makes the world go round if you didn’t know. Alright, time for what most of ya’ll really tuned in for: Tim2fresh about to make some money for anyone that pays attention to him. Good luck everyone and Cheers!
Tim2Fresh’ Top DFS Players this week
I love the value that comes in store with major championships. Finding value in majors can seem easy, but we can’t just look for value, we have to find the sleepers that will finish in the top 20. Hidden amongst this huge field are a few unknown names that have a chance to be heard this week. But how do we really do this? What do we need to do to actually hit big? We need to pick the winner, and then all the others will need to be top 20 finishers. Yes I know it is really tough, but this week I can feel something different…Can we finally put it together and celebrate like the Clock Dodgers we are? It’s time to increase our pocket green!
Jordan Spieth Salary- $12,000
Chasing the career grand slam, can the #2 ranked Golfer in the world do it again? I say why not? Spieth is a young gunning machine that has simply taken over the sport of golf and he should continue his dominance this week. Spieth won the Travelers Championship in June, and then The Open championship in July before finishing 13th last weekend in a “warm-up” at the Bridgestone Championship. Although his salary is extremely expensive, you better lock and load him as he prepares himself for a shot at his 2nd Major title this year and the Career Grand Slam!
Rory Mcllroy Salary- $11,800
All time earnings leader at Quail Hollow and starting to come alive again. Rory has turned his game back around with 2 top 5 finishes in his last 2 outings. Rory has shown himself as a red hot player to stick with until he cools down, and the history at this course makes him a must play. Plus it helps that he is paired with 2 other studs in Ricky Fowler and Jon Rahm to open the week. Look for these big 3 to push each other up the leaderboard right away.
Ricky Fowler Salary- $10,700
- Ricky has finished in the top 10 in 5 of his last 7 outings
- Ricky won at Quail Hollow in 2012
- Ricky is the FRESHEST dresser on tour
Down the middle
Brooks Koepka Salary- $9,200
This will be Brooks first appearance at Quail Hollow but after the course changes I guess we could say that for everyone. Fading Koepka is tough this week as he is down right smoking hot. After winning the U.S Open, he finished T6 at the Open Championship and then last weekend finished T17 at WGC-Bridgestone. Great ball striker and very enjoyable to watch. Has all the skills to win this thing if he can keep his head right.
Matt Kuchar Salary- $8,800
Kuchar has finished inside the top five 3 different times in his last 6 outings. He isn’t just hot as of late, he is consistently hot! Kuchar does a great job at staying calm when things go bad. One the best gentlemen of the game and always a pleasure to watch tee it up. Has all the skills to get up and down at Quail Hollow. Very accurate approaching the green so should be able to stay away from the feared bunkers and waters of Quail Hollow. Plus that nickname is too good. KOOOOOCH!
Marc Leishman Salary- $8,100
Great value play here. 5 top 20’s in his last 8 outings has Leishman a favorite to win this week. Has really been impressive this season from tee 2 green! Big bomber off the tee and very solid around the green. He will have to be extra gentle on these firm greens this week if he wants a shot at lifting the Wannamaker trophy on Sunday.
Charley Hoffman Salary– $7,600
At age 40, Hoffman is playing some of his best golf ever. I can’t believe how cheap he is this week. He’s currently Riding a hot streak of 4 top 10’s in his last 6 outings including a 2nd place finish last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He ranks 13th this season in shots gained off the tee and this will be key at Quail Hollow this week. I don’t see too many birdies coming from Hoffman with his cautious play, but far less bogeys as well. Look for Hoffman to ease his way into the weekend and give himself a chance on Sunday.
Patrick Reed Salary- $7,300
Perfecting his greenside game is why Reed has 7 top 20’s this season. Extremely consistent and for this price makes for an excellent value play. Another great gentlemen of the game, Reed makes marvelous shots around the green and just gives a tip of the hat. Expect some long putts and maybe a chip in or two this week.
Tony Finau Salary– $7,000
I’ve been saying “not so fast” with Tony now for about 5 months. I was just never sure he really had what it takes to finish strong in events and give value to my DFS teams. Well now when I think of passing him up I must say “not so fast!” Finau is one of the most proficient golfers from tee to green. What really gets me is how great he is from the rough. He ranks 4th in green in regulation from off the fairway. Seems like whenever he has a bad drive he always finds a way to still par the hole. He better dig deep this week because if he drives off the fairway too much he will be playing in the sand instead of grass.
Brian Harman Salary- $6,900
Had to squeeze Harman in. One of my favorite players on tour, Harman sends rockets of the tee and the lefty hitter is as cool as the other side of the pillow. Always laughing and joking it up with his pairings and his caddie, Brian is one of the most likeable guys on tour. Has 5 top 10’s this season and shows all the characteristics of a champion. Many Golfers will be looking for that bright shining moment and this weekend could be Harmon’s.
I play multiple lineups each week to better the odds at winning and I strongly advise you to do the same. Here is my Big tournament lineup. Let’s fill our pockets!
2drinkminimum really wanted Rory, Fowler, and Rahm in the lineup…but he was well beyond his minimum so I couldn’t trust him!
Live coverage starts at 7 A.M on the PGA Tour Live App and Golf Central.
Don’t miss these pairings tee off
8:25 A.M. – Jordan Speith, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia
8:35 A.M. – Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson
1:35 P.M. – Rory Mcllroy, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm
GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND HIT ‘EM STRAIGHT!