An in-depth preview and key DFS choices for the U.S. OpenCourse: Shinnecock Hills (Shinnecock Hills, New York)Yardage: 7,445 - Par 70Purse : $12 MField: 156 Players*Past U.S Open Champions More DFS Golf: Wells Fargo Championship Advance
Key Stats:Strokes gained: Off-the-teeStrokes gained: approachStrokes gained: around-the-greenBogey avoidance
U.S, Open DraftKings PicksDustin Johnson ($11,700) Fresh off a six shot win at the FedEx St. Jude it’s hard to make a case against Dustin Johnson, so I won’t. He’s finished inside the Top 10 in eight of his 12 starts this year, and has no finishes worse than T17. Now that he’s gotten the monkey off his back by winning at Oakmont in 2016, he should more comfortable in U.S Open conditions than at any other major. Johnson is first on Tour in strokes gained: off-the-tee, second in bogey avoidance, and 12th in strokes gained: approach. His one “weakness” which is around the green play, he’s still in the top quarter of the field. There’s simply no downside to his game right now.Justin Rose ($9,900) With Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, they give me the two hottest golfers on the PGA Tour right now. Rose has shot in the 60s in seven of his last nine competitive rounds, picking up a win and a T6 during that span. Rose is another former U.S open winner and he certainly has the game to win another one. He’s fifth in bogey avoidance this season, and ranks inside the Top 20 in all strokes gained categories. His game is simply set up to perform well at majors, as he has no real weaknesses and a ton of experience.Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($7,200) Rafa Cabrera-Bello is coming off of back-to-back Top 10 finishes on the European Tour and a T17 at the PLAYERS Championship before that just to show he can hang with our boys over here. Cabrera-Bello ranks inside the Top 10 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach, and is above average everywhere else. For this price range he has a good amount of experience at majors. In his 20th major start he’s made seven of his last nine cuts at majors tournaments including his last two U.S Opens. If you’re going to go with the stars and scrubs method like I am, players like Rafa are a fairly safe bet to make the cut, and possibly give you more.Zach Johnson ($7,100) Going with the same theory as Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Zach Johnson is another heavily experienced player to go with. I wouldn’t bet on him to win, but I can definitely see him finishing inside the Top 15 or 20. Johnson won’t get embarrassed by the U.S. open greens like some other players will, his short game is and has always been phenomenal. As a result, he hardly makes any bogeys ranking 21st in bogey avoidance. He’s also having a terrific season with his irons ranking 20th in strokes gained: approach. To put that in perspective he’s gaining shots on players who you’d think of to be better ball strikers like Justin Rose, Tony Finau, and Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler to name a few. Emiliano Grillo ($7,100) Emiliano Grillo is the one outlier here. He doesn’t have nearly as much experience as the rest of my lineup, but I just love this kids game. He’s been pretty much an automatic Top 25 finish in every tournament he’s played since mid-march. Grillo has figured out what it takes to be a professional on the PGA Tour and is on his way to superstardom, mark my words. At only 25 he is playing in his 10th major, and while he had a rough year last year in the majors, he did have three Top 20 finishes 2016. Grillo strikes the ball beautifully, ranking inside the Top 25 in strokes gained: approach, off-the-tee, and bogey avoidance. He’s fairly average in his around-the-green, but can putt with the best of them ranking 13th in strokes gained: putting.Steve Stricker ($6,900) Old man Strick is the most experienced of them all. At age 51 Steve Stricker is still competing every time he takes a hiatus from the Champions Tour. Somehow, never winning a major Stricker has logged ten Top 10s in his career at majors, and hasn’t missed a cut in a major since 2009. That’s an incredible streak of 26 straight majors where he hasn’t missed a cut that includes making all four cuts last season. Stricker’s career peaked in when he was in his 40s, so it’s not surprising that he’s still out there showing up the younger guys when he comes to play. His accuracy should prevail against some of the younger, wilder players, on a golf course where big mistakes can mean double and triple bogeys.Balanced Lineup: Jason Day, Branden Grace, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman
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