PGA Picks: The US Open

It’s time for the second major of the year, the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.  As always, the narratives abound, with Phil, DJ, and of course Tiger.

To me, majors are a different animal than, say, the Waste Management Open, where plenty of top golfers are under par and the winner has shot a couple 63s.  Statistics you might not value during a regular week, like driving accuracy or bogey avoidance, are ones that are critical, because the name of this game isn’t necessarily packing your team with U70 bonus guys – it’s all about getting your guys through the cut.

Shinnecock Hills, with its punishing rough and crazy fast greens, was renovated to remove most of its trees, making it a links-style course that I see as similar to The Open.  My mind thought about the 2017

[British] Open a lot, as well as the 2013 US Open in Merion, as I picked this week.

Hot Shots

Dustin Johnson ($11,700 – DraftKings, $12,400 – FanDuel)

I can’t get away from DJ.  After weeks of not looking like the No. 1 golfer in the world, he flexed his muscles last week at the St. Jude’s classic and showed the world exactly how good he is with a resounding victory.  He shouldn’t go -19 like he did last week, but he seems so likely to contend, I can’t fade him.

Rickie Fowler ($10,200 – DraftKings, $11,400 – FanDuel)

Fowler is the sort of golfer that seems to really pick things up during majors – witness his Sunday run at this year’s Masters for an example.  Fowler also hits a lot of buttons for me in terms of ball striking and bogey avoidance, which I think will serve him well.

Mid Tier

Bryson DeChambeau ($8,300 – DraftKings, $10,100 – FanDuel)

Bryson seems to really be agonizingly close to taking his first major and has 3 T5s in his last seven events, not including the Masters, where he finished T38.  His game is so on-form right now and he also checks that bogey avoidance box for me as well.

Marc Leishman ($7,800 – DraftKings, $10,100 – FanDuel)

Something to pay attention to closely, in fantasy sports, I think, are any discrepancies between DK and FD.  Occasionally there is a bigger gap than there should be, a fact that is well illustrated by Leishman, a great links-style golfer that happens to also be in terrific form right now.  I think Leishman is a tremendous value in DK.

Low Tier

Ian Poulter ($7,300 – DraftKings, $9,500 – FanDuel)

The feisty 42 year old Englishman has been playing tremendous golf the last few months, winning the Houston Open and taking things down with what could be the best approach game in the world at the moment.  He’s no long hitter, but I think he’s a great value at this low price and could contend well into Sunday.

Steve Stricker ($6,900 – DraftKings, $9,300 – FanDuel)

The guy I like to call “Strick Daddy” has an unbelievable stretch of made cuts at majors, and who am I to go against that trend?  The 51 year old knows what to do to get around in the US Open in majors and like Poulter, his approach game should do the trick to allow him to make the cut, which is what I’m looking for.

Other Notables I Like:

Jon Rahm ($9,500 DK, $11,800 FD) – Looked tremendous in the Masters and it seems a matter of time before he’ll take down a major.  Could it be this week?

Webb Simpson ($7,700 DK, $10,700 FD) – Ignore the MC at the Ft. Worth Invitational tune-up and focus more on Webb’s unbelievably dominant performance where he won the Players championship going away.  If we get 85% of that this week, he should be playing through Sunday

Matthew Southgate ($6,400 DK, $7,300 FD) –  Not a regular name in America, this Englishman did very well in the Open last year and is a strong links player on the EURO Tour.  You’ll need a salary-saver to do well this week, and Southgate will be used by me quite a bit

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