2020 U.S. Open – PGA DFS – 9/17 Top Plays

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Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with the PGA Tour U.S. Open Championship this weekend! DPA Staff, Colin Lynch, here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this event!

The tournament is the third of the four major championships in golf and includes 144 players from both the PGA Tour and European Tour. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 6:50am ET at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The course will play as a brutal par 70 measuring over 7,500 yards, with thick rough, narrow fairways and fast contoured greens. The top 60 and tied make the cut after the completion of 36 holes.

The last U.S. Open to be played here was in 2006 when we saw the winning score finish 5 over par (+5) and the cut line at 9 over par (+9). I’m looking to target solid all around golfers who excel off the tee and are accurate at hitting fairways. I’ll also be looking for golfers with a great approach game who are elite with their long irons and at limiting bogeys.

TOP TIER TARGETS

Jon Rahm ($11,000)

Rahm led the PGA tour in overall strokes gained this past season and he is one of my favorite spends this week. He’s the type of golfer who just contends week in and week out, no matter the event or course he is playing at. In the past two months, he has five starts, with two wins (Memorial, BMW), a 6th (Northern Trust), 13th (PGA Championship, and a 52th (FedEX St. Jude). Rahm had a 3rd place finish at last years U.S. Open (Pebble Beach) and he enters this year more hungry than ever to win and hoist his first major championship trophy.

Xander Schauffele ($10,100)

Xander wrapped up his 2020 season with a 3rd place finish at the Tour Championship (FedEx), and he actually led the field by shooting the lowest four round score overall at the event. Xander also finished third in overall strokes gained for the 2020 season. He is a world class golfer, who at the young age of 26, has already played in twelve majors. Xander has six top ten finishes in his twelve majors, including three U.S. Open starts with finishes of 3rd, 5th, and 6th. Xander has no clear weakness in his golf game evident by eight straight top 25 finishes on tour. He is my other favorite spend this week who looks to capture his first major championship.

Webb Simpson ($9,700)

Webb is another world class golfer who grades out well this week. Simpson led the PGA tour in scoring average, birdie average and bogey avoidance this past season. He is top five in this field in both accuracy and fairway percentage. He is very good on approach with his long irons and is the best putter in this field. In other words, there are no glaring holes in his golf game. Webb won the 2012 U.S. Open Championship with a victory at Olympic Golf Club and he finished 16th last year at Pebble Beach.

MID TIER TARGETS

Hideki Matsuyama ($9,000)

Tough golf courses reward good ball strikers like Deki. He’s one of the best tee to green players in the field and on tour, ranking second. Matsuyama has played in thirty career majors and has seventeen top 25’s, which also includes four top 5’s. His last three U.S. Opens have all been top 25 finishes (21st, 16th, 2nd). Deki is in solid form coming off a recent 3rd place finish at the BMW Championship. His last seven starts on tour include six top 30 finishes.

Patrick Reed ($8,500)

Reed capped off the 2020 season with a 8th place finish at the Tour Championship and he surprisingly led the field in strokes gained off the tee. Reed has made eight straight cuts and his ball striking has been coming around nicely as he’s gained strokes off the tee in ten of his last eleven events. Reed has an elite short game and he tends to excel at putting on fast greens, and playing well on tough courses. He heads into this years event super confident and has a good track record of success in U.S. Open major championship events.

Tyrrell Hatton ($8,100)

Hatton heads into the U.S. Open fresh off the heels of a 7th place finish at the Tour Championship. He finished the 2020 season with eight top 25’s in only ten starts, and was ranked 8th in overall strokes gained on tour. He won the Arnold Palmer invitational which many considered to be one of the top three hardest courses on tour. Hatton has two top 25 finishes in his last two U.S. Open starts (6th and 21st).

Matthew Fitzpatrick ($8,000)

Fitz is a world class golfer who loves USGA set-ups and tough courses (tough course specialist). He has three top 10 finishes at three of the toughest courses on tour (BMW 9th, Memorial 3rd, Arnold Palmer 9th). He’s a golfer who limits his mistakes and hits a ton of airways and greens. Fitz has three top 10’s in his last 5 starts on tour and two 12th place finishes in his last two U.S. Opens.

VALUE TIER

Harris English ($7,900)

English had a great 2020 season and quietly came into his own this past year. He ended the year with ten top 25 finishes highlighted by six top 10’s and only two missed cuts. English has solid history at performing well on tough courses. He finished 9th at Arnold Palmer invitational and 13th at the Memorial. English ranks top 5 in the field in both greens in regulation and bogey avoidance. He’s a well rounded golfer in solid form who has made the cut in his last four U.S. Opens.

Louis Oosthuizen ($7,600)

Louis is a stud golfer who plays his best golf in majors. He is significantly underpriced and is my favorite value play of the week. Louis has made seven cuts in a row on tour and has three top 25 finishes in his last four events (25th, 13th, 33rd, 6th). He’s in great form having gained strokes off the tee and on approach in his last two events. Louis has made ten U.S. Open starts and has six top 25 finishes including five straight top 25’s (7th, 16th, 23rd, 23rd, 2nd). Oosthy finished in 7th last year at Pebble Beach and he hasn’t missed a cut at the U.S. Open since 2013.

Brendon Todd ($7,200)

Todd is coming off his best season on tour which included two back to back wins early in the season. Todd is first in the field in fairway percentage, accuracy percentage, and top 5 in scrambling (based off 2020 season). He isn’t long off the tee by any means but he is a good bet to make the cut. Todd has performed well on difficult courses in the past year (BMW 8th, PGA Championship 17th, Memorial 22nd, Arnold Palmer 18th) but he has only two U.S. Open starts and missed the cut in both.

PUNTS

Si Woo Kim ($7,200)

Kim has been in fantastic form as of late with ten consecutive made cuts. He was the favorite to win last week at the Safeway Open and was the highest priced golfer ($10,800) in a weak field. $7,200 this week seems like a significant decrease considering how he’s been playing as of late.

Chez Reavie ($6,900)

Reavie is coming off a 3rd place finish last week at the Safeway Open. Reavie ranked first in the field at Safeway in strokes gained tee to green and third in strokes gained on approach. He ranks above the field in almost every major category statistic this week which is all you can ask for at his price point. The only negative is that he does project to carry a decent amount of ownership.

Mackenzie Hughes ($6,900)

Hughes has been in great form since the restart highlighted by 9 straight made cuts and a huge playoff surge which saw him make the tour championship. He finished 13th at the Northern Trust followed by a 10th place finish at the BMW Championship. Hughes also had a 6th place finish at the Memorial which many considered to be a USGA set up. That makes two top 10 finishes at two of the toughest courses on tour.

Kevin Streelman ($6,700)

Streelman finished 3rd at the Safeway Open last week and comes into the U.S. Open in great form with eight consecutive made cuts. He ranks right inside the top 10 of the field in driving and accuracy percentage.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Justin Thomas ($10,700)

Collin Morikawa ($10,000)

Patrick Cantlay ($9,400)

Tony Finau ($9,100)

Tommy Fleetwood ($8,900)

Adam Scott ($8,700)

Matthew Wolff ($7,700)

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