Fantasy Picks from PGA Championship Insiders
Join in the fun with the PGA Championship fantasy game, where participants select four different players from four distinctly different groups for a chance to win a Grand Prize.
Click here to register and make your picks from a group that includes past PGA Champions, those over age 30, those under age 30 and a member of the Corebridge Financial PGA Team. A modified stableford scoring system will be used to assign points based on each players’ score.
Here is a look at who the PGA Championship editorial team selected, which has combined to work in the golf industry for 57 years:
PAST PGA CHAMPIONS
Jay Coffin: Justin Thomas. Sure, he hasn’t won since last year’s PGA Championship, but that’s precisely the reason why he’s been selected. He’s hungry. He knows it’s important for him to contend this week.
Kent Paisley: Brooks Koepka. The two-time past winner has shown his past dominant major form in April’s Masters. He’s consistently played well at the PGA Championship, with six top 15 finishes, four top 5s, and two victories (2018, 2019).
Amy Rogers: Brooks Koepka. It’s tough not to choose the two-time PGA Champion who went back-to-back in 2018 and 2019, especially given his recent return to form at the Masters in April. He will no doubt be eager to make up for the miss at Augusta by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy this week.
Adam Stanley: Rory McIlroy. Best-case scenario for McIlroy is that he’ll come into the week mentally refreshed and will have a bit of local support. Despite missing the cut at both The Players Championship and the Masters, McIlroy still has three top-3 finishes to his credit this season on the PGA TOUR and is 12th in strokes gained total.
OVER AGE 30
Jay Coffin: Patrick Cantlay. He’s ranked fourth in the world and hasn’t won a tournament this year. In fact, he’s collected four top-10 finishes in his last seven events. Cantlay is obviously still looking for his first major title and, until he wins one, will remain on the list of best players in the world without a major victory.
Kent Paisley: Patrick Cantlay. The eight-time PGA Tour winner marches into Oak Hill with a sturdily consistent season. The 31-year-old has finished in the top 21 over his last eight starts, including four top-5 finishes. With Joe LaCava now on the bag, Cantlay’s in a prime position to capitalize.
Amy Rogers: Max Homa. Already a two-time winner this season and at No. 6 in the OWGR is one of the highest ranked players yet to win a major title, it’s only a matter of time before Homa gets his hands on a major championship trophy.
Adam Stanley: Jason Day. Day seemed to have done everything but win so far on the PGA TOUR this season until last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson – and what a way to do it. He has seven top-10 finishes in 16 events this season and has six top-10s at the PGA.
UNDER AGE 30
Jay Coffin: Matthew Fitzpatrick. If the reigning U.S. Open champion is in the category, you have to take him. At least, that should be a rule. And he won at The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.) in difficult conditions like the ones players are expected to face this week.
Kent Paisley: Jon Rahm. Dear reader, do I need to explain this one? OK, fine, my editor says I have to. The Spaniard has lit the PGA TOUR world aflame with his out-right dominance. A new green jacket in his wardrobe punctuates his six wins over his last 15 starts.
Amy Rogers: Min Woo Lee. A young, up and coming Aussie, Lee is making just his second PGA Championship appearance this year and will be playing with limited scar tissue in the majors as compared to the veterans who may be fighting to keep the memory of prior finishes at bay.
Adam Stanley: Jon Rahm. It’s never been easier to heap praise on the world No. 1. Rahm, who has won four times already this season on the PGA TOUR. This could shape up to be another special week for Rahm if he can keep doing what he’s been doing so far this year.
COREBRIDGE FINANCIAL PGA TEAM
Jay Coffin: Braden Shattuck. It seems a little risky to select a man who just became a PGA Professional last year and played in his first PGA Professional Championship two weeks ago. But he won that tournament and topped all other PGA Professionals for the right to advance to Oak Hill this week.
Kent Paisley: Michael Block. On the one hand, there’s a sentimental value to this selection. My college golf teammate caddied for Block at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open. On the other, Block brings 25 PGA TOUR starts of experience to Oak Hill, along with a T-2 finish at the PGA Professional Championship.
Amy Rogers: Alex Beach. One of the few veteran PGA Professionals to advance to this year’s PGA Championship, Beach is making his sixth appearance in the major, which is more than some of the touring professionals in the field.
Adam Stanley: JJ Killeen. Texas’ JJ Killeen has plenty of pedigree as a two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour (2011). This will, however, be his first ever major championship start although he knows what it takes to perform on big stages in golf and with nothing to lose this week, expect him to swing free and easy.