Golf was in the spotlight last week with the announcement that the PGA Tour will soon welcome back the golfers who left for the LIV Tour (likely with so sort of suspension and fine of course). I am glad they got that out of the way last week, because it is time for the third major championship on the PGA Schedule. This time it is a trip to the City of Angles for the U.S. Open.
The tournament this week will be the first U.S. Open played in Los Angeles in the last 75 years. The golfers will tee it up Thursday at L.A. Country Club. This is the first time the L.A. Country Club has hosted the U.S. Open, but it is no stranger to the PGA Tour. The course hosted the L.A. Open in the past and the Walker Cup in 2017. 156 of the best golfers on the planet will tee it up Thursday on a course that we know the U.S.G.A. is going to make very difficult. There is nothing better in DFS Golf that a major tournament.
Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form
The North Course at L.A. Country Club will be used for the U.S. Open this week. L.A. Country Club is a par-70 course which will play 7,426 yards in length this week. The course will have three par fives and five par threes this week. The par fives will all be reachable in two shots, but that is only if the golfers keep their tee shots in the fairway. The coolest hole is the No. 15. It is a par-three which will play 124-yards and only 75 yards to the front edge. Pretty easy, right? Not so much… There is a big hump in the middle of the green. The U.S.G.A. will try to hide the pins around this hump, making the hole more difficult. This is just a cool course.
L.A. Country Club has a lot of hills and the fairways are wide. That does not mean that the golfers can be inaccurate off the tee. The drives will run through the fairways and into the thick rough if the golfers are too wild off the tee.
The greens at L.A. Country Club have a lot of slope too. The golfers will be required to hit the right side of the green and getting their ball to stop on the fast surfaces. It is not going to be easy.
L.A. Country Club is going to test every aspect of the golfer’s game this week. That is how it should be in the U.S. Open. Par will be the golfer’s friend, so do not expect many high scores in your DFS contest this week.
Click here to see the course: L.A. Country Club
KEY STATS FOR RBC U.S. OPEN
– Shots Gained Tee-to-Green
– Stroke Gained Approach (175-225 yards)
– Strokes Gained Putting (Bentgrass)
– Par 3 Scoring
– Bogey Avoidance %
TOP 30 GOLFERS
U.S. OPEN STRATEGY
The U.S. Open is not only tough on the golfers; it is also the toughest contest in DFS. The field is made up of 156 of the best golfers in the world. Only the top-60 and ties will play the weekend (roughly 38%). Getting 6/6 golfers through the cut will be extremely difficult, but it should be our goal this week. We will cash every contest if we simply have all of our golfers playing the week.
My strategy for Cash Contests was to build a “balanced lineup” with golfers priced in the low-$9k to mid-$7K price ranges. I like some of the golfers in the $7K range more than the $8K price range, so I will just pay up for Scottie Scheffler and pair him with golfers from the $7K range.
My strategy for the Tournament Contests will be to play all “stars and scrubs” lineups. I will have a lot of ownership of Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka. I will pair them with many of the golfers from the $7K price range and skip over most of the golfers from the $9K and $8K ranges (although I do like Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson this week).
CORE GOLFERS FOR U.S. OPEN
DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST LINEUP
SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER ($10,200): Scheffler is my pick to win and he should be. Scheffler ranks No. 1 in Shots Gain Tee-to-Green, No. 1 in Shots Gained Approach, No. 1 in Shots Gained Off-the-Tee, No. 1 in Ball-Striking… His only downside is his putter, but he typically puts well on fast greens (the greens are expected to roll at 13 in the stimp meter this week). Shceffler has not finished outside the top-five since early March. He is a great golfer to build any lineup around at the U.S. Open.
DUSTIN JOHNSON ($8,300): Getting DJ for $8,300 seems to be a bargain to me. DJ has made the cut in 11 of his last 12 U.S. Opens. He doesn’t rank highly in any of the key stats, but he does rank in the top-35 in all of them. Johnson won on the LIV Tour last month and he made the cut in both majors this year. DJ should make the cut, with top-10 upside this week.
JUSTIN ROSE ($7,700): Rose has been hit or miss in the U.S. Opens in his career, but he is in terrific form right now. Rose finished 8th last week at the Canadian Open, 12th at the Charles Schwab, 9th at the PGA Championship and 16th at The Masters. Rose ranks No. 8 in Shots Gained Tee-to-Green, No. 3 in Shots Gained Approach and No. 6 overall in the key stats. Rose just needs to keep doing what he has been doing and he should finish in the top-10 Sunday.
BRYSON DECHAMBEAU ($7,600): DeChambeau is the only golfer in this lineup that makes me a bit nervous. I was thinking about pivoting to Rickie Fowler, but the fairways are wide enough to allow DeChambeau to bomb it and gauge it to the green. That is what he did when he won the U.S. Open at Wingfoot in 2020. His fourth-place finish last month in the PGA Championship gives me more confidence to play DeChambeau in my Cash Contest lineup this week.
PATRICK REED ($7,500): It may look like I am stacking LIV Tour golfers in my Cash Contest lineup, but these players were selected because of their past performances in the U.S. Open. This tournament requires a lot of scrambling around the greens. No golfer is better than Reed. His ability to avoid bogies has allowed Reed to make the cut in six straight U.S. Opens and nine of his last 10. I am looking for golfers who can make the cut, with a bit of upside. Reed checks those boxes.
ADAM SCOTT ($7,500): The golfer in the field most likely to make the cut this week is Scott. He has made the cut in every tournament this year (13/13), including top-10 finishes in three of his last four tournaments. Scott has also made the cut in his last four U.S. Opens. He ranks No. 8 in the key stats this week so Scott is the perfect golfer to have at the bottom of my Cash Contest lineup.
* I am going to play this lineup in a Tournament Contest too this week.
DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP
BROOKS KOEPKA ($10,800): The U.S. Open is the third major on the calendar and that means it is time to get “Big Game Brooks” into our lineups. Do not look at the stats and do not look at the recent form (although it is good this year). When the big paychecks are on the line and a historic trophy, Koepka is going to show up with his best game. He finished second in The Masters and won the PGA Tournament. Koepka should have a good chance to win again Sunday.
XANDER SCHAUFFELE ($9,600): Could this be the first major win for Schueffele. I think it could be. Schauffele always plays great in his home state of California. He also plays great in the U.S. Open. Schauffele has finished five of his six U.S. Opens in the top-10 and he has NEVER finished outside the top-14. He ranks No. 2 in the key stats (behind Scottie Scheffeler). Pairing Brooks Koepka with Schauffele gives us a lot of firepower at the top of the Tournament Contest lineup this week.
JUSTIN ROSE ($7,700): I typically do not like to use the same golfers in my Cash and Tournament lineups that I post in the article, but Rose is too good to pass up. He stats, recent form and experience in the U.S. Open give him a decent chance to win Sunday. I cannot say that about any other golfer in the $7K price range.
RICKIE FOWLER ($7,500): Fowler was one of the more popular golfers at the PGA Championship. He burned a lot of people (including me) with his missed cut. I am not going to let poor performance keep me away from Fowler this week. He bounced back with a sixth-place finish at the Charles Schwab and a ninth-place finish at the Memorial. Fowler ranks 13th in the key stats and he has made the cut in four consecutive U.S. Opens. I will roll the dice with Fowler this week.
HARRIS ENGLISH ($7,200): There are some golfers who are simply made for U.S. Open golf. English is one of those golfers. He is accurate off the tee, he hits greens in regulations and he rolls in enough putts to make the cut. English has never missed the cut in the U.S. Open (I hope I did not just jinx him). That includes eight in a row, with finishes of third in 2021 (Torrey Pines) and fourth in 2020 (Wingfoot). English is a good golfer for Cash and Tournament Contests this week.
MITO PEREIRA ($7,200): Pereira would likely be priced a lot higher if he was playing on the PGA Tour. He finished top-five in two of his last three LIV Tour events. Pereira also finished 18th at the PGA Championship and 43rd at The Masters (at least he made the cut). I doubt his ownership will be too high and he has the upside to finish in the top-20 Sunday. Pereira should be a good golfer to have at the bottom of the Tournament Contest lineup.
Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (FantasyRacintTIps)
FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP
FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP
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* This is the second tournament of Segment 4. This is the toughest Segment to navigate because there are two majors (U.S. Open and the Open Championship), one elevated event (Travelers Championship) and four FedEx Playoff Tournaments). Use your golfers wisely.
** I am going to take a bit of a risk this week and use a lot of the LIV Tour golfers. We cannot use them in the PGA Tour Playoffs or the elevated event at the Travelers Championship, so I will save the PGA Tour studs for those tournaments.
FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK: BROOKS KOEPKA (U.S. OPEN)
Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Justin Rose (8th), Patrick Cantlay (30TH) (Memorial), Tommy Fleetwood (MC), Jon Rahm (50th), Adam Scott (8th), Viktor Hovland (43rd), Tony Finau (Win), Sungjae Im (7TH), Jordan Spieth (4th), Si Woo Kim (39th), Tyrrell Hatton (60th), Adam Hadwin (MC), Rory McIlroy (MC), Will Zalatoris (53rd), Matt Kuchar (MC), Tony Finau (20), Xander Schauffele (10th), Seamus Power (15th), Max Homa (1st), Brian Harman (MC), and Corey Conners (12th)
SEASON LONG ONE & DONE PICK: DUSTIN JOHNSON (U.S. OPEN)
Players Used This Season in One & Done: Justin Rose (8TH), Patrick Cantlay (30TH), Tommy Fleetwood (MC), Brooks Koepka (Win), K-H Lee (50th), Cameron Young (59th), Tony Finau (Win), Keith Mitchell (6th), Tom Kim (MC), Brooks Koepka (2nd), Matt Kuchar (3rd), Wyndham Clark (6th), Adam Hadwin (MC), Rory McIlroy (MC), Will Zallatoris (53rd), Sungjae Im (42nd), Max Homa (2), Xander Schauffele (10th), Jordan Spieth (63rd), Jon Rahm (7th), Taylor Montgomery (5th), Russell Henley (32nd), Seamus Power (25th), Brian Harman (2nd), Maverick McNealy (27th), Emiliano Grillo (42nd), Nick Hardy (28th), Terrell Hatton (13TH) Christian Bezuidenhout (29th), Cameron Davis (37th), Denny McCarthy (39th), Brendon Steele (CUT)
BEST BETS FOR U.S. OPEN
JON RAHM (60-1)
XANDER SCHAUFFELE (18-1)
VIKTOR HOVLAND (18-1)
JUSTIN ROSE (40-1)
CAMERON SMITH (25-1)
* Jon Rahm won The Masters and Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship. I doubt we will see a long-shot holding the trophy Sunday, so I am betting the golfers at the top of the board this week. Rickie Fowler (45-1), Patrick Reed (70-1) and Adam Scott (70-1) are some long-shots I like, but I do not think they have the firepower to win. They are more likely to finish in the top-10, but the odds are not great for that type of bet. I would rather bet Scottie Scheffler to win at 7-1 odds, then to bet Rickie Fowler for a top-10 finish at 3-1 odds.
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