The final major of the year is upon us. The PGA Championship this year will be hosted by Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. What’s interesting about Valhalla is it’s a bombers course and it’s a little bit of a combination of Pinehurst No 2 and Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Valhalla is very long a bit like Pinehurst No 2 and Valhalla is a bit like a links course, kind of like Royal Liverpool.
The golfers to watch this week is the high, long hitters. The low shot, short golfers are going to have a tough time the likes of Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, etc. Pretty much the exact opposite of last year’s PGA Championship which was held at Oak Hill Golf Club.
With that said, let’s get into my 2014 PGA Championship Fantasy Sleeper Picks.
Victor Dubuisson- Victor Dubuisson was my sleeper pick at the U.S. Open and The Open and he didn’t disappoint. Dubuisson finished T-28 at the U.S. Open and T-9 at The Open. With Valhalla hosting the PGA Championship this year I feel it fits Dubuisson’s game really well. Dubuisson bombs it off the tee a good 300 yards and while he’s not the most accurate the fairways are very forgiving.
Dubuisson has had a great year and with hoe Valhalla plays, look for Dubuisson to be in thick of things at the PGA Championship.
J.B. Holmes- I’ve been licking my chops for a good month now because I had written in pen that J.B. Holmes was going to be one of my sleeper picks. Holmes hits it long and high off the tee and being from Kentucky I’m sure he’s played Valhalla many, many times.
Holmes was on the 2008 Ryder Cup team and he was very productive winning his singles match and finishing 2-0-1. Holmes has the game for Valhalla, he hits it high and very long. Not only that, but Holmes is having a great year and when he has played the majors he has done really well.
At the 2006 PGA Championship, Holmes finished T-37, in 2008 he was T-2 after 54 holes, but a terrible final round dropped him to a T-29 finish and in 2010 he finished T-24. Holmes can most definitely play on the big stage and given that he is from the area, his game fits Valhalla, I think Holmes is a great pick and a fantastic value pick. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on one of the top couple of pages heading into the weekend.
Gary Woodland- Sticking with the theme, Gary Woodland is one of the longer hitters on Tour. Woodland is 12th on Tour averaging 303.5 yards off the tee. He’s not that accurate, but again, at Valhalla the rough won’t be as severe as a typical U.S. Open and the fairways are wide and very forgiving.
Woodland is in great form and has made the cut at all three majors this year. He finished T-26 at The Masters, T-52 at the U.S. Open, and T-39 at The Open.
Chris Kirk- When looking over the salary cap for all the golfers I was totally shocked that Chris Kirk was so low. In terms of value, Kirk is by far the best value pick. Kirk is a Bulldog from Georgia and has had a fantastic year so far.
At the majors, Kirk finished T-20 at The Masters, at the U.S. Open at the T-28, at The Open Kirk finished T-19. Kirk has a solid game overall, he isn’t really a standout in one particular area, but he just gets the job done.