The PGA Championship is upon us, and today we’ll look at the leading European contenders to take down Golf’s second major of 2022. Incredibly only 6 Europeans have ever won the tournament in its 100+ year history. This includes a 78 year wait between Tommy Armour’s victory in 1930, and Padraig Harrington lifting the trophy in 2008! The good news – both Harrington and twice champ Rory Mcilroy are in the field this week. Let’s take a look at the leading protagonists, and some lesser lights who could be Underdog candidates this week….

JON RAHM (22.8M)

A slightly bizarre season for the fiery Spaniard so far. The good – five top 10s from ten starts, including a win last time out in Mexico. Albeit against one of the worst fields of the year. The bad – his short game has been nothing short of abysmal at times.

Rahm’s long game has been immaculate as always though, and with Southern Hills demanding both fairway finding and laser-like irons, Rahm has all the tricks of the trade to triumph this week. The course has huge run-off areas, meaning it’ll be imperative to find the fairway, allowing you to then hold the green on approach.

Rahm has this game maybe better than anyone else on the planet, but he will need the short game to return to pre-2022 magic to overcome this stunning player pool.


The enigmatic Irishman’s game has looked good all year, in patches. Backers have been frustrated with event after event seeing three rounds of greatness, one round of head-shaking mediocrity. On his day Rory is still the superstar he was born to be. But on other days his wedge play can resemble an 18 handicapper at your local club.

In our opinion he’s expensive. The upside still remains, but you’re gambling on him putting it all together at the right time.


The mercurial young Norwegian should always be a favourite for fantasy lineups, with his birdie streaks becoming legendary even at the tender age of 24. If anyone’s going to rack up the scoring points this week, it’ll be Viktor.

His game suits the course, with long, straight driving and immaculate irons. One word of warning though, if his approach play is ‘off’ then beware his chipping. With run-off areas of up to 60 yards on some holes, any missed greens could be a real problem for Hovland.

Decent form this year and can certainly win this one, but missed approaches could lead to more than a few chips returning to his feet. He did go to college here, and still resides locally though.


One man who won’t be scared of the run-off areas at Southern Hills, is the burly Irishman with magic hands. Lowry is a wizard around the green, and this year has added a level of consistency to his game never before seen.

His last two outings? Third at the Masters, third at the Heritage. Two massively different tracks, one set of massively impressive results. The 2022 version of Shane Lowry has it all, and is certainly one to consider this week.


This one’s a pure stay-away for me, when you consider the players around him in the pricing; Oosty, Conners, Fitzpatrick, Finau etc.

The hot-headed Englishman has been in middling form this year, not something you want from a 16m+ golfer. Can his explosive demeanor cope with a course where being slightly off could mean a 60 yard chip? Not for me…..



The uber-aggressive Dane has been in fine fettle this year, with an early season win under his belt in Abu Dhabi. He has the kind of game that when clicking can rack up serious scoring points.

The main concern would be his temperament, similar to Hatton above he can be FIERY! However, with huge upside and a 6th placed PGA Championship finish back in 2018, he’s definitely one to consider…..


A bit of a left-field choice, but the former world number one has serious pedigree. A PGA Championship winner in 2010, he also has a top ten finish in the event as recently as 2016.

He’s not been seen much this year and has been touted as a future LIV Golf player, but at only 14m the potential experience-based upside is certainly there.


Mini-Rahm Adri Arnaus may not be a name you’re familiar with, but he’s been making hay on the DP World Tour for a few years now. A long hitter with fantastic irons, Arnaus is up to world number 55 after his recent maiden victory. Made the cut in his first US Open last year, and as an underdog candidate that may be all we need here.


You want a straight hitter? 19th on the DP World Tour in driving accuracy. You want someone to hit the middle of a green and avoid run-off areas? 3rd on the DP World Tour in greens in regulation.

Time to get a taste of Bernd Weisberger at the bargain price of just 13.4m. This guy can get scorching hot with the irons.


Time to get deep, 12m deep. I’m reaching all the way down to the minimum price here at 12m. We find the aged German at the bottom of the pricing barrel, with just one reason to fish him out.

The last Pro tournament played at Southern Hills? The 2021 Senior PGA Championship. The winner? You guessed it….. A four stroke victory, reported as follows:

“accurate and powerful ball-striking and deft touch around the demanding greens at Southern Hills”

Two top 10s in April on the Champions Tour, two senior majors last year, and over 50 years of German precision. Time to check out Cejka for your lineups.


The PGA tour rolls on and to Southern Hill’s for golf’s second major, the PGA Championship. This week’s contest has a €20 buy-in with a €20,000 prize pool.

€20 entry – PGA Championship Monster – €20,000 GTD – 19th May – 22nd May

€2 entry – PGA Championship – €1,500 GTD – 19th May – 22nd May

€2 entry –PGA Championship Round 2 – €600 GTD – 20th May

€2 entry – PGA Championship Round  3 – €600 GTD – 21st May

€2 entry –PGA Championship Round 4 – €1,000 GTD – 22nd May


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