It’s a rough and tumble field for our fantasy golf selections.
The U.S. Open is one of the toughest golf tournaments in the world, and that means our fantasy golf selections will be fighting to stave off elimination all weekend. The weather is a major concern this week, but no so much in regards to the player’s starting times. What’s alarming is the possibly softening of the fairways, and any alteration around the greens which would greatly increase the difficulty of pitch shots and tight chips. It’s not a foregone conclusion that adverse weather will strike, but it’s certainly casting a cloud over this week’s festivities.
The U.S. Open will be played at Pinehurst No. 2, located at the historic Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst No. 2 sports a challenging course rating of 76.0, and a slope rating of 147. Designed by Donald J. Ross, the course spans a massive 7,565 yards while playing to a par 70. Whoever takes down this week’s Major will certainly have earned it.
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Fantasy Golf Selections - The U.S. Open
All salaries listed use DraftDay pricing.
Hunter Mahan $17,550 - Mahan is extremely accurate off the tee, which will be huge this weekend. The course is very long and players will be scrambling if they miss the fairway. He’s second in overall driving efficiency, and that should play a huge role in this event.
Brendon Todd $17,050 - Todd is becoming a regular play of mine very quickly. His three consecutive top-10 finishes including a win have me believing in his talent. He’s on fire right now, and I will ride the hot streak as long as I can.
Justin Rose $19,700 - Rose is the defending champion of this event, and in a great spot to mount a title defense. The season he is having is remarkable, including three top-10 finishes in his last four events. You can’t really ask for anything more than one of the world’s best golfers in the midst of a hot streak. The fact that he’s only the seventh highest priced player at Draftday means he comes at a bargain too. It will be tough for me to pass on him seeing how safe a play he’s become.
Jason Day $19,650 - He crushes the ball off the tee, and as I mentioned above, this is a course built for that type of game. The price is hefty so Day may be more in line with tournament fantasy golf selections, but I could see him coming up huge.
Graeme McDowell $16,850 - McDowell has cooled off considerably, but has still made 11 cuts in his last 12 attempts. Still seeking his first win this season, he’s a very sneaky pick to win the whole thing. The price tag makes him a great complement to higher-priced options.
Brooks Koepka $15,050 - This one is more of a gut feeling. He ranks T6 in distance off the tee, and as we’ve established that should play a huge role this weekend. This is also more of a large tournament play, and I’m confident Koepka will fly under the radar as the name recognition isn’t there.