Dark Horse Picks to Win the 2020 PGA Championship

David Kaestle
Jason Day at The Memorial Tournament.
Jason Day at The Memorial Tournament. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
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This week marks the first major of golf's year with the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. We have already gone over the odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and some players to target when putting together your fantasy lineup. Now we can take a look at some dark horse picks to win the PGA Championship this year.

PGA Championship Dark Horses

1. Tiger Woods (+3700)

Tiger Woods at The Memorial Tournament.
Tiger Woods at The Memorial Tournament. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

It's not often you can consider Tiger Woods a dark horse to win, but with only one competitive tournament under his belt in the last five months, in which he looked good at times, but finished an unimpressive T-40, you can here. However, Woods has had success at Harding Park before, albeit a while ago. Woods has never lost at Harding Park as a professional. In his two previous appearances, he won the 2005 WGC American Express Championship and in 2009 lead the USA to a dominating 5-0 victory in the Presidents Cup. So while he might not have the recent success or rounds to point to heading into a major as he normally does, Woods' success at Harding Park and in the PGA Championship (four-time winner) cannot be ignored.

2. Jason Day (+3900)

Jason Day World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
Jason Day World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Jason Day had a slow start to his season, but he is surely coming into this tournament on the rise. In his last three tournaments, Day has finished T-6, T-4 and T-7. A former winner of this event, in his last seven starts at majors he has never missed a cut and has four top-10 finishes. Day ranks No. 2 on tour in Strokes Gained (SG): Around-the-Green, No. 21 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 16 in SG: Total. While his poor play to begin the year has skewed may of his numbers, if he had been playing like he has of late all season, Day would be coming into this event probably as one of the favorites.

3. Tyrrell Hatton (+5000)

Tyrrell Hatton World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
Tyrrell Hatton World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Tyrrell Hatton might not be a big name, but his stats are certainly enticing considering his odds, especially for Harding Park. He ranks No. 14 on tour in fairway proximity, which is great for the narrow fairways on this course. He's 15th in greens in regulation (GIR), and is No. 11 in SG: Approach The Green, No. 35 in SG: Around-The-Green, No. 8 in SG: Putting, No. 14 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 3 in SG: Total. If he can bring the game that he has so far this season to the PGA Championship, Hatton could be a real value play.

4. Brendan Todd (+11000)

Brendan Todd Barbasol Championship.
Brendan Todd Barbasol Championship. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Brendan Todd already has two victories this season and three top-10 finishes. His game is also a great match for Harding Park. With these narrow fairways, his No. 3 ranking in driving accuracy percentage should be crucial. He also ranks No. 4 on tour in distance from the edge of the fairway. He's also a great putter and it shows with his No. 38 ranking in SG: Putting. Additionally, he leads the tour in scrambling, so if he does get into trouble (something to surely happen in a major), he's proven to be the best at working his way out of it. Despite turning the 54-hole lead into a T-15 at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Todd seems to be on the cusp of making a real play for a trophy.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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