The second major tournament of the year is fast approaching with the start of the 2022 PGA Championship on Thursday, May 19. The Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., will host the event for the fifth time, and Tiger Woods last won the PGA. The championship made its way to Southern Hills (2007). Phil Mickelson is the defending champion and is in the 2022 PGA Championship field, while world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler will seek his second major after winning the Masters. Scheffler is an 11-1 co-favorite alongside Jon Rahm in the latest 2022 PGA Championship odds at Caesars Sportsbook. Who should you prioritize in your 2022 PGA Championship fantasy golf ranking?
A number of pros are looking to add to their PGA Championship tally, including Rory McIlroy (12-1), Justin Thomas (14-1) and Collin Morikawa (14-1). Can McIlroy become the sixth golfer to win the PGA Championship three times in his career? Could a rising star like Cameron Smith (16-1) find his name near the top of the leaderboard and be among the top fantasy golf picks for the 2022 PGA Championship? Before making any rankings or fantasy golf bets on the 2022 PGA Championship, be sure to check out the fantasy golf projections and lineup tips from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.
Gates is a staff writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for almost five years. He has been following golf closely for much longer and has an in-depth knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.
In last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Gates was on fire, with four of his top six players finishing in the top five. That included winner Max Homa, a 40-1 long shot, and runners-up Keegan Bradley (35-1) and Matt Fitzpatrick (22-1).
The week before at the Mexican Open, he claimed the winner, backing Rahm as his first choice despite the Spaniard’s recent meltdown. And at the Masters, eight of his 20 picks finished in the top eight, including winner Scheffler and runner-up McIlroy. In fact, the top four players in the final standings were among his picks.
I’ve been on a roll all season. He was successful in his predictions at the Sentry, with four of his top seven picks posting top-five finishes, and he duplicated that at the Hero World Challenge. Anyone who followed Gates is upstairs.
Now Gates has ranked his top golfers for the 2022 PGA Championship. You can only see his fantasy golf rankings and picks for the 2022 PGA Championship on SportsLine.
2022 PGA Championship Golf Experts’ Choice
One player Gates isn’t shy about returning to this week is Scottie Scheffler, who has been nearly unbeatable since winning at Phoenix in February. This event launched a streak of four wins over six tournaments. Scheffler grabbed the world No. 1 ranking after winning the WGC-Dell event in March and won the Masters in his next start. He tops the FedEx Cup standings, ranking third in birdies per round (4.93), fourth in greens in regulation percentage (71.26%) and fifth in average putts (1.697). He also enters the 2022 PGA Championship with top 10 finishes in his last four major appearances.
On the other hand, Gates is not high on two-time PGA champion Brooks Koepka. He recently retired from AT&T Byron Nelson, but hasn’t been in his typical form. Across 13 official PGA Tour events this season, Koepka has just two top-10 finishes and almost as many cuts missed (six) as cuts made (seven). His iron game and short game are his biggest problems, as he ranks outside the top 100 in strokes won near the green (-.004) and outside the top 150 in strokes won around the green ( -.161). Koepka is renowned for raising his game for major championships, but his last outing at the Masters saw him miss the cup for the second year in a row.
How to Set Your PGA Championship 2022 Fantasy Golf Ranking
For next week’s event at Southern Hills Country Club, Gates sustains a long shot that comes in at around 30-1. This player has won shots off the tee and lurked near the top of the leaderboard in his last three outings. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Gates’ top 2022 PGA Championship fantasy golf picks, on SportsLine.
Who wins the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club? Who are the best PGA Tour players to target for your Fantasy picks? And which underdogs can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 PGA Championship, all from the fantasy expert who’s been on fire with his picks, and find out.