156 players will gather in University Place, Washington this week for the 115th playing of the US Open. This major proves to be one of the toughest tests of golf year after year as the venues it’s held upon are ever-changing. With a monstrous premium on driving accuracy due to the tremendously long rough, precision ball striking to place the ball on the proper section of the green and masterful work with the flatstick this tournament is fascinating every single year. This year we’re being treated to a brand new venue in Chambers Bay. This course is likely to set the record for the longest US Open course ever this year as it has the ability to be stretched out to over 7,900 yards in length. That’s absolutely absurd as it will play as only a par 70. An interesting factor this week will be the layout of the course. Chambers Bay is set up as a links style course, resembling it’s sister-ship of the British Open. Players will be hindered by severely heavy winds, constantly rolling hills and extremely baked out conditions. This is 100% a second shot golf course. Players can pipe their driver all week and not make the cut. Accuracy on approach shots will be at such a premium it will be one our of main focuses for picking the optimal lineup this week. Without further a due, let’s get it started.
High End Targets
• Rory McIlroy
Rory is a rather obvious choice here. The absolute odds on favourite from Vegas, the salary favourite from DK as well, how do we not include this guy in our lineup. His ownership will obviously be through the roof but we can’t afford to miss out on the points he’ll produce and how far ahead the masses of people that roster him will be if he pulls it out. It’s not as though any of us need any convincing to choose Rory it’s just a matter of whether or not you build your lineup properly and fit others in round him. Fresh off a runaway victory in his last PGA start at the Wells Fargo Championship, he’s sure to be ready to go. One last thing that has me pulling the trigger on Rory; his performance at links courses. Most notably: 2012 Kiawah Island & 2014 Hoylake.
Mid Range Targets
• Brooks Koepka
Koepka is my guy for this tournament. I absolutely love his game for this course. Koepka is a big hitter who ranks 10th on the tour. He has done well with the putter as well, and any golfer who can combine long distance with accurate putting has a chance to compete. Koepka leads the tour with 14 eagles thus far this season, and if he can pick up one or two of those at key moments, it may help him work his way into contention as well as bag us some BIG points to jump up the leaderboard.
• Kevin Chappell
Chappell is my ‘sneak of the week’. I’m really not sure what to expect in terms of his ownership but it will likely be in the <12% range I’d say which is key to taking down monster tournament such as this. The reason I like Chappell so much this week is his history. Chappell owns a home an hour away from Chamber’s Bay in Kirkland, Washington and plays the course regularly. He’s also been stringing together consistent scores on the PGA Tour of late finishing no higher than T49 in his last 4 starts.