It’s time for the second major of the year, the US Open. Along with it, a whole slew of people trying to get a piece of the million dollar prize! For those people who just searched for picks and stumbled across this page, we know what’s up. All the other sites just talk about good picks and bad picks, we give you actual lineups to use (if you want to).
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Time for another major in Draftkings world! Considering the strength of the field, you’re going to be picking from all good players. The US Open is a little bit harder than the Masters in that you can’t go on course history and just pick Phil. That being said, based on the course, I’m leaning a little towards Euro guys, and those with more experience.
Luke Donald ($7,400) — Hasn’t been playing well recently, but the fact that the former number 1 in the world had to qualify for the event means that he’s go at least some confidence.
Billy Horschel ($8,000) — Also starting to get back into form. FedEx cup champ has finished 17, 13, 11 and 8 in his last four events. So logic says he’s finishing better than 8th here.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,900) — Big game type of player. Though I am a little worried about his possible lack of experience in US Opens. Because of that…
Jim Fuyrk ($8,700) — I might like Fuyrk a little better. His experience in almost winning US Opens, as well as playing in so many over the course of his career (winning in 2003 as well), might give him the edge here. Check back on Wednesday to see who I go with for sure.
Ian Poulter ($7,400) — More Euro power on a links style course. But Poulter is also the type of player who comes out when it matters. Hasn’t missed a cut, or played that poorly for that matter in a while.
Justin Rose ($11,500) — On a roll, won in the past. Of the top guys, I think he’s got the best chance. Sure Spieth has been fantastic as of late, but my gut is still going with Rose to finish better.
Danny Willett ($6,800) — Stretch time with the rest of my lineup. Again, going with Euro talent. I also feel like he’s got a semi low salary here because he plays in Europe and isn’t that well known here.
Honestly, I really don’t know what to expect this week. Chambers Bay doesn’t really fit the typical US Open bill in that it basically plays like a links course. Combined with this being its first time hosting a Tour event it’s kind of a crap shoot as to who will play well and who will wilt under the pressure of the event. That being said, I’m going to try and pick a variety of styles of play with the major emphasis on recent performance and British Open history (in my opinion looking at past US Open performances is futile due to huge course disparities).
Jordan Spieth ($12,600) — His form continues to be stellar and he’s made the cut in his first to British Opens. Hard to pass up as long as you feel like you can stomach the salary.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,900) — Well, not too much experience with link-style, but he made the cut in his first appearance last year at the British. He’s also been crazy consistent and good this year so far.
Keegan Bradley ($7,700) — He’s been kind of all over the place this year, but I think things may be starting to click a bit with his game. Solid performances the last few years over at the Open so I think he’ll be fine if the winds kick up.
Kevin Na ($7,100) — Going mostly on recent play here as his links results have been mixed. Only Spieth and Na can make claims to have played better over the last 3 months.
Charlie Hoffman ($7,000) — Another guy playing very well as of late – he’s notched top 20’s six of his last eight events. Sketchy history with this type of course, but I think his form and ability to play in wind makes up for that.
Andy Sullivan ($6,200) — Even for major-adjusted pricing this seems like a good deal. Sullivan has two wins on the Euro Tour this season and was t13 at the Memorial in his first stroke-play event on the PGA Tour. While this will be his first major, the Englishman will come in having seen his share of links golf.