2015 Fantasy GolfChris Garosi

Daily Fantasy Golf Strategy: U.S. Open

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Tour Stop

We return to the site of the 2007 U.S. Open (and many other U.S. Opens and USGA Championships), Oakmont Country Club and the dastardly rough, tight fairways and ice-like greens. The greens are seeded with poa annua which is usually found on the West Coast courses. But, don’t go crazy looking for poa specialists as this poa is a bit different than what we usually see on Tour. The course runs 7,254 yards and is a par 70 on the scorecard.  And, as last year, there is but a single tree on the course after the removal of over 14,000 trees in the last decade.

The cut rule is also a bit different as it’s just the top 60 (instead of 70) and ties so the ability to make the cut is worth a bit more this week.

The weather looks it will be an issue early on with rain Wednesday night into Thursday. After Thursday, the weather should be clear with very little wind and temperatures in the mid to upper-80s.

As always, continue to check up until lineup lock on Thursday.

Scorecard breakdown: Four (4) par threes, ten 10) par fours and two (2) par fives. It’s a par 70 course, so this is the usual breakdown, but we have some interesting hole lengths we’ll cover below.


It’s a major. It’s a great field though the bottom part of the field is full of guys only their mothers have heard of.

The full field can be found here.

Also, thanks to GolfOdds.com for the odds this week. If you’d like to see a second set of odds, check out the Betting Zone’s odds here – just click on this week’s tournament on the left hand pane.

Past Tournament Results

Oakmont most recently hosted a U.S. Open in 2007, however we’ll look at recent U.S. Open results as the USGA generally has the same setup for each course. There is value in seeing who can play well at that type of setup.

So, here is the top 20 for the last three years and the results from Oakmont in 2007.



Statistical Review

Let’s take a look at the statistical angles in for this week’s tournament.

As for the key stats I’ll focus on this week, I’ll provide a short list below.

Par 4 Efficiency 450-500 yards (P4E450-500):  Of the 12 par 4s on the course, six are between 462 and 499 yards.

The rest of the par 4s are short with five of the remaining six par 4s shorter than 400 yards. Three of the six are between 350 and 400 yards and two are even shorter at less than 350 yards.

So, we will also look at Par 4 Efficiency 350-400 yards (P4E350-400).

The two par 5s on the course are 609 and 667 yards respectively so we will also check in on Par 5 Efficiency 600-650 yards (P5600-650) as a tiebreaker.

Driving Accuracy: It’s a tight course and the fairways won’t offer a lot of safe landing areas. So, we’re going to want to see accurate drives from the tee.  The second cut of rough is where balls will go to die.

Scrambling: If you are in the first cut of rough, you will be able to get out and we’d like golfers who can do that.

Bogey Avoidance (BA): This goes hand in hand to some degree with scrambling. The scores are going to be high; the winner may not break par for the four days. We want to minimize the damage as much as possible.

I’m focused on 2016 stats now, but still check on 2015 stats to get a larger sample size on players.

And each week, we’ll look at Strokes Gained: Putting (SG:P) and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (SG:T2G) with SG:T2G being more important this week.

DraftKings Expert Picks

Jason Day | $12,100 – Day has four top 10s in the last five U.S. Opens and sits eighth in my statistical model (though he is 163rd in driving accuracy on Tour this year). The Aussie has won three times this year (including the Match Play) and has three top 10 finishes in his last five PGA Tour events. I don’t have concerns over Day’s wayward driver as I imagine he’ll be smart enough to club down frequently. He’s my favorite option if you must roster one of the Big Three.

Rory McIlroy | $12,000 – Rory is second in my Big Three ranking and fifth in my statistical model. If you are concerned about DA and Scrambling 82nd in DA and 65th in Scrambling, then perhaps you have some concerns. He’s made the weekend in five of his seven U.S. Open starts with a win in 2011 at Congressional where the conditions were softer due to weather. Rory’s been in the top 15 in his last five stroke-play events worldwide.

Jordan Spieth | $11,900 – Spieth is the third of the Big Three for me this week even if he is the defending champ. And even if he has finished in the top 5 in his last five majors including a T2 at the Masters this year. His record since the Masters has been uneven (MC, T18, WIN (DEAN & DELUCA) and T57).  He’s made three cuts overall in four starts at the Open missing only at Merion in 2013. He is third in my statistical model for the week, but his current form makes me push him below Day & McIlroy at the top of the list.

Dustin Johnson | $11,000 – DJ is going to be popular this week as many view him as safe as the big three and he’s about $1,000 cheaper. He’s tenth in my stats model even though he’s 162nd in DA and 123rd in Scrambling. He has four top five finishes in his last six events and finished in the top 5 in the last two U.S. Opens. In fact, Johnson hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour since he withdrew from the St. Jude two years ago.

Rickie Fowler | $10,700 – Fowler is turning into that high-end player who I can’t figure out from week to week so with that knowledge I’ll be off him this week even though he rates highly through the statistical lens this week (second overall in my model). He’s just four for seven in cuts made at previous Opens with two top 10s. He’s missed the cut in three of his last five events.

Justin Rose | $10,500 – Rose has been battling a back injury over the last few weeks and has withdrawn from BMW PGA Championship and the Memorial to get fully healthy for the Open. He won the Open in 2013 and finished T10 at the 2007 Open at Oakmont. The profile works (second in SG:T2G, 120th in SG:P, 70th in P4E450-500, 89th in DA, 107th in Scrambling, 42nd in BA, and 63rd in P4E350-400) and I think he’ll be the lowest owned player from $10,000 and above.

Adam Scott | $10,100 – The Aussie has posted three top 15s in his last four starts at the U.S. Open. He missed the cut in 2007 at Oakmont. Since his back to back wins at the Honda and Cadillac Championship this year he’s finished T12, T28, T42, T17, T12 and T55 (DEAN & DELUCA). His profile has some attractive pieces for this week (first in SG:T2G, 111th in SG:P, 49th in P4E450-500, 152nd in DA, 104th in Scrambling, 43rd in BA, and fifth in P4E350-400). 

Hideki Matsuyama | $9,800 – What to do with the rising Japanese youngster? His profile is good with much of that value tied to his tee to green game (sixth in SG:T2G, 112th in SG:P, 79th in P4E450-500k, 96th in DA, 80th in Scrambling, 35th in BA, 117th in P4E350-400). He missed the cut in his last PGA event the Memorial after finishing in the top 15 in his four prior events.

Danny Willett | $9,600 – I’m not going to chase the Masters man at the U.S. Open. It’s all picking nits with the top end in the field for a major, so I’ll focus on Willet’s poor accuracy off the tee (127th on the European Tour in Driving Accuracy) and be off him this week.

Bubba Watson | $9,500 – Bubba’s history at Opens is poor, but his one shining moment at the Open happened in 2007 at Oakmont where he put up his only top 10 in nine starts. Do you trust that he can recapture that nine year old magic? For Bubba, it’s about what’s between his ears and not his physical talent. The Open is a test of mental fortitude as much as anything in the golf bag.  His profile doesn’t fit outside of his excellent par 4 scoring numbers (22nd in P4E450-500 and first in P4E350-400). My guess is he is the lowest owned player between $9,000 and $10,000 and could be the lowest owned from $9,000 upward.

Phil Mickelson | $9,300 – The quintessential GPP option, Mickelson’s last five PGA events have ended MC, T4, MC, T20, T2. He missed the cut at Oakmont in 2007 which was his second missed cut at a U.S. Open in 25 attempts. He has finished in the top 10 in 10 of those 25 starts. The profile fits the course except for his 174th place in DA.

Henrik Stenson | $9,100 – DFSers rail against Stenson as he always seems to disappoint and never “seems to win.” However, the Swede has made six cuts in a row at U.S. Opens and is also sixth in my statistical model. He missed his last two cuts on U.S. soil, but did bounce back with a T4 at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. This is the kind of course where Stenson SHOULD succeed as you need to be accurate off the tee and have an excellent second shot. He’s got both of those and looks like a steal at $9,100.

Sergio Garcia | $8,900 – Do you want the lowest owned player between $8,000 and $9,000? Well, Sergio is probably your man. His profile is a mixed bag (11th in SG:T2G, 114th in SG:P, third in P4E450-500, 104th in DA, 168th in Scrambling, 49th in BA, and 94th in P4E350-400), but he certainly has the creativity (ala Phil) to make shots from anywhere. He also has the creativity to make boneheaded mistakes from anywhere (ala Phil). He’s made 14 cuts in 16 U.S. Open starts with one of those two missed cuts coming at Oakmont in 2007.

Branden Grace | $8,700 – As I noted with Willett, it’s about picking nits and I’m going do it again with Grace. He’s struggled this year on par 4s from the key distance we are focused on this week (177th in P4E450-500) even if he’s excellent on the shorter par 4s (10th in P4E350-400). He’s played three U.S. Opens and finished MC, T51 and T4 (last year at Chambers Bay). He has five top 10s overall in 2016 including two wins. Perhaps I’m crazy to fade him this week, but I won’t be on him heavily and I generally like Grace.

Matt Kuchar | $8,500 – Do you want the highest owned player in the field? Well, it’s probably going to be Kuchar (he’ll be in the top three at worst). Kuchar ranks first in my statistical model and has four straight top six finishes on Tour with top 10s in five of his last six. So, he checks the stats box and the current form box. He has back to back T12s at the U.S. Open so “course history” box checked.

Patrick Reed | $8,400 – Reed has won a tourney each of the last three years. He hasn’t won yet in 2016. So, does he win this week? He has six top 10 finishes in 2016 so he’s been on the leaderboard more often than not. He’s played the U.S. Open each of the last two years finishing T35 and T14 (last year). The profile gives me pause as he’ll need to scramble at this elite level this year to make it work (12th in SG:T2G, 107th in SG:P, 155th in P4E450-500, 111th in DA, second in scrambling, fourth in BA, and 42nd in P4E350-400).

Louis Oosthuizen | $8,200 – Did Oosthuizen get his bed this week? Can we set up a Twitter account to tweet out confirmation that his bed made the trip to the current event? Someone make that happen. The South African is three for six in cuts made at the U.S. Open with two top 10s in those three weekends. The profile is not elite so I’d like him in GPPs only (17th in SG:T2G, 197th in SG:P, 49th in P4E450-500, 62nd in DA, 191st in Scrambling, 147th in BA, and 197th in P4E350-400).

Brooks Koepka | $8,100 – We getting towards the end of the list of players who can reasonably expected to win this week. Koepka’s profile is excellent (21st in SG:T2G, 37th in SG:P, 18th in 4E450-500, 127th in DA, 89th in Scrambling, 67th in BA, and 11th in P4E350-400) and his current form is fantastic (back to back second place finishes). He’s two for three at Opens with each finish in the top 20 (T4 and T18).

Brandt Snedeker | $8,000 – Snedeker has a top 20 in each of his last five U.S. Opens. He also finished T23 at Oakmont so he looks to check the “course history” box. The profile is good even if his accuracy off the tee isn’t great (45th in SG:T2G, 79th in SG:P, 41st in P4E450-500, 103rd in DA, 10th in Scrambling, 15th in BA, and 37th in P4E350-400). His form from the Masters onward has been T10, MC, T25, MC, MC, T17.

Paul Casey | $7,900 – Casey’s profile gives some hope for success this week (25th in SG:T2G, 127th in SG:P, 150th in P4E450-500, 52nd in DA, 98th in Scrambling, 50th in BA, and 171st in P4E350-400). He has three top 10 finishes this year including a T4 at the first major of the year. He’s made seven of 12 cuts at the U.S. Open with three in a row. He has only one top 10 at an Open, but it was at Oakmont in 2007.

Zach Johnson | $7,800 – Seems strange to see a two-time major winner below $8,000, but that’s where we are with ZJ. His work at the U.S. Open is likely why he’s down so low in salary as he’s just seven of 12 in cuts made with just one top inside the top 30 (T30 in 2011). Finished T45 in 2007 at Oakmont. He has a solid enough profile (58th in SG:T2G, 61st in SG:P, 39th in P4E450-500, 45th in DA, 71st in Scrambling, 80th in BA, and 76th in P4E350-400). His current form isn’t great as he has just one top 20 in his last five Tour starts. He also missed the cut at the Masters this year.

Lee Westwood | $7,700 – Westwood has five top 20s in his last nine U.S. Opens and finished T36 at Oakmont in 2007. His current form is classified as NBA Jam On Fire as he has four straight top 20 finishes including T2 at the Masters.

Jim Furyk | $7,700 – He will be low-owned, but I’m not going to risk it with a veteran recovering from a wrist injury.

Russell Knox | $7,600 – Knox missed the cut at the Masters and has since finished T2, T19, T2, MC, 64th. He’s played the U.S. Open once in 2013 and finished T45. Accuracy and scrambling will lead Knox if he’s successful this week (48th in SG:T2G, 123rd in SG:P, 159th in P4E450-500, eighth in DA, 12th in Scrambling, second in BA, and 132nd in P4E350-400.

Martin Kaymer | $7,600 – Kaymer is another “course horse” with six for eight cuts made at the U.S. Open and a win in 2014 at Pinehurst. He missed the cut at Chambers Bay last year after making five in a row at Opens. His form is excellent with three top 10s in his last five starts including top 10s in back to back events.

Charl Schwartzel | $7,500 – Charl is another one of “my guys” who I’m usually heavier on than most. The concern with Schwartzel is his accuracy off the tee even if the rest of the  profile is more than good enough (ninth in SG:T2G, 85th in SG:P, 70th in P4E450-500, 154th in DA, 26th in Scrambling, 19th in BA, and 18th in P4E350-400). His current form from the Masters onward has been MC, T58, T25, and T11.

Tiger Woods | $7,500 – Withdrew.

J.B. Holmes | $7,400 – Holmes finished T4 at the Masters and has made three of four cuts since including another T4 at the Memorial in his last start on Tour. He’s started six U.S. Opens and made four cuts including the last two years where he’s finished T17 and T27. The profile looks great outside of that scary accuracy stat (39th in SG:T2G, 71st in SG:P, 86th in P4E450-500, 185th in DA, 48th in scrambling, 81st in BA, and 17th in P4E350-400).

Marc Leishman | $7,300 – Form and stats are on Leishman’s side while success at Opens is not. Which do you favor this week will lead you on the Aussie.

Matthew Fitzpatrick | $7,300 – Could Fitz be the U.S. Open’s Danny Willett? Perhaps, though he’s certainly not the player Willett is…yet. He’s played at the U.S. Open once in 2014 and finished T48. In the Masters this year he finished T7 and won his last event (the Nordea Masters).

Billy Horschel | $7,300 – Horschel is three for four in cuts made at the U.S. Open with his only missed cut way back in 2006. He’s made the cut the last three years and has been in the top 25 in each year. He’s made 11 cuts in a row on Tour and has four top 20s in that streak. His profile isn’t the best, but he’s succeeded at Open setups previously (35th in SG:T2G, 71st in SG:P, 118th in P4E450-500, 88th in DA, 167th in Scrambling, 139th in BA, and 27th in P4E350-400).

Daniel Berger | $7,200 – I wish Berger hadn’t won last week (no I don’t really) as I think his ownership level would still be manageable this week. He’s started a U.S. Open once in 2014 and finished T28. The profile works outside of his shakiness off the tee (31st in SG:T2G, 43rd in SG:P, 42nd in P4E450-500, 159th in DA, 80th in Scrambling, 27th in BA, 50th inP4E350-400). He has seven top 20 finishes in his last eight PGA Tour events.

Jason Dufner | $7,200 – Dufner has had a solid run of form at Opens lately as he’s made three of his last four cuts with two top five finishes and another top 20. He missed the cut at the Masters, but has made five straight cuts since with a T6 at the DEAN & DELUCA as his top finish.

Kevin Chappell | $7,100 – Chappell’s profile fits except for his putting (10th in SG:T2G, 178th in SG:P, 43rd in P4E450-500, 85th in DA, 45th in Scrambling, 56th in BA, and 55th in P4E350-400). He’s four for four in cuts made at U.S. Opens with back to back top 10s in 2011 and 2012 to start his Open career. He’s had four top 10s in his last eight PGA Tour events.

Shane Lowry | $7,100 – Lowry is an accurate driver of the ball who happens to also be from Europe. However, the rest of his profile doesn’t look favorable for the week. He’ll be low-owned based on his poor results in the U.S. this year. However, if it rains he can handle poorer weather conditions.

Graeme McDowell | $7,100 – His last four results have been T9, 65th, T27, MC. The form is a bit too bumpy for me to recommend G-Mac.

Ryan Moore | $7,000 – Moore rates just ahead of Russell Knox in my stats model (90th in SG:T2G, 25th in SG:P, 37th in P4E450-500, 30th in DA, 92nd in Scrambling, 57th in BA, and 165th in P4E350-400). He’s had a poor record at Opens with only four cuts made in nine starts with one top 20 (T10 in 2009). He missed the cut at Oakmont in 2007. He broke a streak of three missed cuts with a T48 his last time out.

Webb Simpson | $7,000 – Simpson is a past U.S. Open winner (2012 at Olympic) and has a profile that works (20th in SG:T2G, 170th in SG:P, 11th in P4E450-500, 63rd in DA, 56th in Scrambling, 95th in BA, and 144th in P4E350-400). He’s not missed a cut in five attempts at U.S. Opens and comes in off back to back top 15s on Tour. He looks to be a safe cash game play.

Smylie Kaufman | $7,000 – Is the wrist better? Does his T20 at the Memorial show you he’s OK after missing three cuts in a row? Is this the tournament to try to figure out if your wrist is fine with the rough like it is? I’ll look elsewhere this week as Smylie makes his second U.S. Open start.

Emiliano Grillo | $6,900  – Accurate off the tee, so you have to give Grillo some consideration. He has a profile that is led by his work on par 4s (97th in P4E450-500 and 49th in P4E350-400). It’s his first U.S. Open, but he looks to be in good form with a T11 at the Memorial in his last event.

David Lingmerth | $6,900 –Lingmerth is in the Knox/Moore neighborhood in terms of statistical ranking. He finished T17 in his only Open start in 2013. He’s made back to back cuts on Tour.

Danny Lee | $6,800 – Lee has made six cuts in a row on Tour with two top 20s. he’s also top 20 in my stats model with this profile (33rd in SG:T2G, 124th in SG:P, fourth in P4E450-500, 24th in DA, 68th in Scrambling, 104th in BA, and 99th in P4E350-400). He debuted at the Open last year at Chambers Bay and didn’t see the weekend. He’s a reasonable option this week.

Jamie Donaldson | $6,700 – Donaldson’s profile is poor except for his putter (fourth in SG:P) and scrambling (58th). However, he’s 198th in DA which is a bit frightening for this week. This is his fourth U.S. Open and hasn’t finished inside the top 30 yet. He’s alternated made and missed cuts over his last five events.

William McGirt | $6,700 – I’ve been riding McGirt for the last few weeks and I don’t see a reason to stop this week. The profile fits as he’s fourth in my model (38th in SG:T2G, 29th in SG:P, 26th in P4E450-500, 27th in DA, 32nd in Scrambling, 21st in BA, and 129th in P4E350-400). He makes his U.S. Open debut this week having made six cuts in a row with a win in his last start and a T9 at the RBC Heritage in that run.

Alexander Noren | $6,600 – Noren has only made one cut (T51 in 2011) in three attempts at the U.S. Open. However, he’s put up some excellent results lately with three top 15s all in his last five events. He’s one of the better scramblers on the European Tour.

Chris Kirk | $6,600 –Kirk is a high upside play who has a pretty low floor. He missed the cut at the Masters, but has finished T23, T13, T5, WD, T15, MC in his last few events. He’s never had success at the U.S. Open, but he’s got the pedigree to contend.

Chris Wood | $6,600 – Wood’s last two starts in Europe have ended with a win and a T6 so that’s some nice form. He makes his first start at the U.S. Open this year.  He will probably be low-owned as folks just don’t know who he is and that’s a mistake.

Kevin Na | $6,600 – Na is seventh in my statistical model which means he’s an excellent value when looking only at stats. Na didn’t play at Oakmont in 2007, but he’s played five Opens since and made three cuts (all in a row) with one top 20 (T12 in 2013). His last four events have resulted in T4 (RBC), MC, T42 and T74.

Angel Cabrera | $6,500 – Won here in 2007. Has finished in the top 25 only once since then in eight U.S. Open starts.

Ernie Els | $6,400 – Els has a great history at the Open with three top 10s in his last six U.S. Opens.  He won in 1994 (at Oakmont) and 1997 and finished T51 at Oakmont. He’s missed the cut in four of his last six events and has no finish in the top 60 in that run of six events.

Soren Kjeldsen | $6,400 – Kjeldsen’s current form has me on him this week. He has four top 20s in his last six worldwide events – T7 at the Masters, T4 at the Open de Espana, T19 at the Irish Open and T20 at the Memorial. Kjeldsen isn’t the most accurate off the tee, but he’s generally in the 70s on the European Tour. He’s started four U.S. and missed the cut twice including the 2007 edition at Oakmont.

Gregory Bourdy | $6,300 – The Frechman’s current form is choice as he has three straight top 15 finishes including a T6 last week at the Lyoness Open. He’s only played one U.S. Open and missed the cut in 2012. He’s 28th in DA on the European Tour and above average in scrambling (56th).

Retief Goosen | $6,300 – If Kuchar isn’t the highest owned player then Goosen likely will be. He’s a two-time winner of the Open in 2001 and 2004 and has made the cut in six of the last seven Opens. He’s finished in the top 15 in his last three PGA Tour events and has made 11 straight cuts on Tour. His profile is good enough (83rd in SG:T2G, 16th in SG:P, 92nd in P4E450-500, 175th in DA, 51st in Scrambling, 47th in BA, and 34th in P4E350-400). If you want a nit to pick, he did miss the cut at the Open in 2007 at Oakmont.

David Toms | $6,300 – If you don’t like Retief in the old man value category, then perhaps I can interest in you Toms? Toms finished T5 at Oakmont in 2007 and has a profile that’s better than Goosen’s (51st in SG:T2G, 51st in SG:P, 102nd in P4E450-500, 21st in DA, 12th in Scrambling, 36th in BA, and third in P4E350-400). His current form isn’t quite as good (made seven of his last eight cuts on Tour with back to back top 30s). He hasn’t made a cut at the Open since this T4 in 2012.

Lucas Glover | $6,200 – Glover’s profile fits the course well except for his putting. But, his putting doesn’t fit any course. He’s in the top 50 in all of the categories we’re looking at this week except scrambling where he’s 73rd.  He’s made just three of 10 cuts overall at U.S. Opens, missed the cut at Oakmont in 2007, won in 2009 at Bethpage and hasn’t made a cut since 2011. So, that’s a lot of confusing pieces to put together.

Andrew Johnston | $6,100 – Andrew “Beef” Johnston is more than just a funny nickname. He’s in good form on the European Tour with three top 15 finishes in his last five European events with a win at the Real Club Valderrama Open de España. He’s also been accurate off the tee as he’s 29th in DA in Europe.

Thomas Aiken | $6,100 – Aiken’s accuracy off the tee (second on the PGA Tour this year, seventh on the Euro Tour last year) makes him an attractive option this week. He finished T25 last year in his debut at the U.S. Open. He’s missed four of his last five cuts worldwide with his only weekend ending in a T4 at the BMW PGA Championship.

Jon Rahm | $6,100 –The number 1 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings for the 2015-16 season, Rahm is teeing it for the final time as an amateur before turning pro next week. He played on Tour four times in 2015 and had two top 10 finishes. Perhaps Rahm will get some tips from his college coach’s brother.

Anirban Lahiri | $6,100 –Lahiri missed the cut in his U.S. Open debut last year. However, his work on par 4s this year (13th in P4E450-500 and 11th in P4E350-400). He has one top 10 in his last six events and finished T42 at the Masters.

Cameron Smith | $6,100 – Par 70 course? Check. U.S. Open? Check. Current form? Ewwww….I like Smith, but he’s only a deep GPP option this week.

Maximilian Kieffer | $6,000 – Who? Exactly. Kieffer finished T5 at the Irish Open a cuple of weeks ago in a field that includes many of the Euros here this week. He’s accurate off the tee (59th this year and 46th last year) which gives him a chance this week.

Wes Short | $5,800 – Playing well on the Champions Tour currently as his last six results have been T56, T48, T49, T17 and fifth so he’s trending in the right direction. He hasn’t missed a cut since the end of June 2015. They have cuts on the Champions Tour, right? It’s his first U.S. Open.

Tim Wilkinson | $5,800 – Wilkinson’s fits the course fairly well for a player below $6,000 (67th in SG:T2G, 19th in SG:P, 174th in P4E450-500, 60th in DA, fifth in Scrambling, 10th in BA, and 14th in P4E350-400). He makes his debut at the U.S. Open this week off his first missed cut in his last seven PGA events. It’s odd to see Wilkinson down here among the amateurs and never-weres.

Denny McCarthy | $5,700 – The Maryland native played his collegiate golf at Virginia, but his impressive amateur success in Maryland is what we like this week. He’s a back to back winner of the Maryland Men’s Amateur Championship and has been the winner or runner-up in five of the last six Maryland Open Championships. Oh, he qualified the Open last year and finished T42 at Chambers Bay.

Mike Van Sickle | $5,500 – Local guy worth a flier as he’s played here previously which is more than can be said for most down here near the bottom of the salary pool.

Chris Crawford | $5,400 – Caddy broke his ankle in a bunker on Tuesday. Doesn’t seem like a good omen. The recent Drexel grad sunk a 40-foot putt on 18 to secure a berth in the tournament.

Richie Schembechler | $5,400 – Yes, he’s related to Bo. Distantly. However, if you want a narrative to follow, his caddy for the week is Mike Emery who qualified for the U.S. Open in 1994 and made the cut. Oh, I almost forgot. One more thing. That Open was played at Oakmont.

Good luck this week! Head over to DraftKings to choose your squad for this week.

DraftKings Scoring

Roster size: 6 Golfers


Golfers on each team will accumulate points as follows:

  • Per Hole Scoring
    • Double Eagle (DBL EAG): +20 PTs
    • Eagle (EAG): +8 PTs
    • Birdie (BIR): +3 PTs
    • Par (PAR): +0.5 PTs
    • Bogey (BOG): -0.5 PTs
    • Double Bogey (DBL BOG): -1 PT
    • Worse than Double Bogey (WORSE DBL BOG): -1 PT
  • Tournament Finish Scoring
    • 1st: 30 PTs
    • 2nd: 20 PTs
    • 3rd: 18 PTs
    • 4th: 16 PTs
    • 5th: 14 PTs
    • 6th: 12 PTs
    • 7th: 10 PTs
    • 8th: 9 PTs
    • 9th: 8 PTs
    • 10th: 7 PTs
    • 11th–15th: 6 PTs
    • 16th–20th: 5 PTs
    • 21st–25th: 4 PTs
    • 26th–30th: 3 PTs
    • 31st–40th: 2 PTs
    • 41st-50th: 1 PTs
  • Streaks and Bonuses
    • Streak of 3 Birdies of Better (MAX 1 Per Round) (3+ BIR STRK): +3 PTs
    • Bogey Free Round (BOG FREE RD): +3 PTs
    • All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes (ALL 4 RDS UND 70): +5 PTs
    • Hole in One (HOLE IN ONE): +10 PTs

Scoring Notes: Ties for a finishing position will not reduce or average down points. For example, if 2 golfers tie for 3rd place, each will receive the 18 fantasy points for the 3rd place finish result. Playoff Holes will not count towards final scoring, with the exception of the “finishing position” scoring. For example, the golfer who wins the tournament will receive the sole award of 1st place points, but will not accrue points for their scoring result in the individual playoff holes.

Player Lock Notes: All golfers lock at the time the first golfer tees off on day 1 of an event.

Full rules are located here for DraftKings Daily Fantasy golf.

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