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2018 PGA Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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We're at our final major of the year, and for the final time (at least for now), the PGA Championship ends majors season. Bellerive Country Club hosts the 100th PGA Championship, and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. course in St. Louis is a new course for most players in the field as it hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since 2008 and a major since 1992.

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2018 PGA Championship rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Dustin Johnson -- Feels like DJ can do the opposite of his Carnoustie strategy and crush it at Bellerive. Less driver, more birdies.

2. Justin Thomas -- JT would've been around 11th or 12th on my list last week, and he won. No reason to believe his high ball isn't a big asset on another RTJ Sr. jam, but do have to look out for his driving.

3. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy should've done better for himself on Sunday at Firestone, but maybe he makes up for it this week. This should suit his eye.

4. Tommy Fleetwood -- Tommy Fleetwood can play well anywhere, and he gains a lot of strokes off the tee. His approach play is sublime. What's not to like?

5. Brooks Koepka -- Brooks gathered himself after a dud Canadian Open to play really well -- by his account, some of his best-ever golf -- at Firestone. That could be scary for Bellerive. He likes PGA setups.

6. Jon Rahm -- Rahm has been fading on Sundays, and it's a little disconcerting. However, his driving game is such an asset he should post a high finish.

7. Paul Casey -- Casey is just too solid to have these skunky results in the last two majors. Outside of those duds, he's been remarkably strong since May.

8. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler has been pretty good pretty much every week this year. He doesn't everything above average. But, like Rahm, he almost always has a letdown round.

9. Justin Rose -- Rose would be higher were it not for his WD last week. We'll just have to see where his back is going into this week.

10. Tiger Woods -- Woods disappointed on the weekend at Firestone, going in with a pair of 73s. My biggest fear with him is he's exhausted and can't handle this much golf in short order.

11. Jason Day -- Post US Open, Day has played solid golf. He hasn't really been a threat to win anything, but the golf has been very good. Concerned these greens kind of mitigate his Tour-leading putting skills.

12. Alex Noren -- I have a sneaky feeling about the Swede this week. He seems to most love tight golf courses. Bellerive is going to feel tight.

13. Francesco Molinari -- Honestly, Molinari seems kind of gassed after winning The Open, and rightfully so. But he is still one of the hottest players in the world.

14. Tony Finau -- Finau has been in the top 10 of all three majors this year, and he's continues to get more comfortable being an elite player. Playing alongside Jim Furyk, can he secure a Ryder Cup spot (or a pick)?

15. Zach Johnson -- I'm gonna stand up for Zach Johnson here, as he continues to play really strong golf. The results speak for themselves.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Brooks Koepka - $9,600
  2. Jason Day - $9,000
  3. Tony Finau - $8,100
  4. Paul Casey - $8,000
  5. Webb Simpson - $7,700
  6. Joaquin Niemann - $7,600

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