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Dark Horses That Could Win the 2019 PGA Championship

David Kaestle
The Masters - Round Three
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People have their opinion as to which golfer will be at the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship come Sunday, but it's not always the favorite that wins.

If you think someone with longer odds could ultimately win the Wanamaker Trophy, then these four dark horses, with odds of +3500 or worse according to FanDuel Sportsbook, are golfers to consider when placing your bets for the second major of the year.

1. Hideki Matsuyama (+3800)

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Hideki Matsuyama has been one of the more consistent players on tour throughout his career and not too long ago he was ranked as one of the world's best. He hasn't missed a cut since the 2018 British Open and in that span has five top-10 finishes.

2. Patrick Cantlay (+3800)

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Patrick Cantlay came out of nowhere on Day 4 at Augusta to grab the lead for a short stint in the final few holes, a lead he would ultimately relinquish to Tiger Woods and finish T-9. The former UCLA standout has six top-10 finishes in 2019 and is sixth on tour in strokes gained in 2019. He could be poised for a breakout performance at Bethpage.

3. Adam Scott (+5000)

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Adam Scott is one of the few players in the field, along with Tiger and Phil Mickelson, that played in the 2002 U.S. Open at this same Bethpage course. Despite missing the cut, he has performed better on the Black Course since then, grabbing a T-36 and a T-4 at Bethpage in other tournaments. His experience will be of the highest value this week, given most of the field has so little at this difficult course.

4. Henrick Stenson (+7000)

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Henrick Stenson, who won the 2016 Open Championship, has put together a solid past 12 months. Coming into this tournament, he has made four straight cuts and was even in contention for a short while at Augusta. He had a T-9 at the WGC Match Play and notched eight top-10 finishes in 2018. Additionally, he finished in ninth place at the 2009 U.S. Open, which was also played on the Bethpage Black Course.


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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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