The U.S. Open is set for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best U.S. Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Justin Thomas ($10,900)
We're tempted to go with Canadian Open winner and current conscience of the game Rory McIlroy — and we have little doubt that Rory's good for at least a patented back-door top 10 — but we can't overlook the consistently spectacular golf that JT has played this season. Our most recent major championship winner, Thomas has nine top 10s in 15 starts this season, highlighted by his stunning comeback win at the PGA Championship. He leads the Tour in birdie average and ranks second in scoring and third in SG: Total and SG: Tee-to-Green. His U.S. Open record is a little spotty — two top 10s in seven starts — but his current form is anything but.
Brooks Koepka ($8,700)
Koepka's been a far more effective Twitter troll-slash-rock star than an actual professional golfer so far this season. Right after a beach wedding to longtime girlfriend Jena Sims that featured a performance by rapper Ludacris, Koepka caused a temporary social media firestorm with a mysterious eye emoji tweet at the height of the LIV frenzy last week before a follow-up "gotcha." That's a lot of social media bandwidth dedicated to a guy who's missed six cuts in 14 starts this season, including an MC at The Masters. But until proven otherwise, Koepka's a U.S. Open ringer. He has two wins and five top-5 finishes in eight U.S. Open starts and hasn't finished outside the top 4 at our national championship since 2016.
Tony Finau ($8,200)
Finau's last four U.S. Open finishes look like this: 5-MC-T8-MC. Judging from that pattern, he's due for another top-10 finish. Many thought Finau's playoff win at the Northern Trust in August would open the trophy floodgates; that hasn't happened, but he looks like he's on the cusp of something special. He finished solo 2nd in front of a rowdy Canadian crowd this weekend, and he has top-4 finishes in three of his last five starts. His ball striking has been solid — he's top 20 in SG: Off-the-Tee, SG: Tee-to-Green and SG: Approach the Green — and his putting, a season-long shortcoming, was spectacular north of the border.
Louis Oosthuizen ($7,600)
The reigning Heartbreak Kid at majors, Oostie has finished T7-3-2 in his last three U.S. Opens, posting his second career Open runner-up last season. His form this season hasn't been anything special, although he hasn't missed a cut in 10 starts (he does have two W/D). And now that he's taken the Saudi money, he could encounter some hostility in Brookline. But the guy seems pretty unflappable to us, and his majors record speaks for itself.
Sungjae Im ($7,600)
Im looks like this week's biggest bargain. He's made 16 of 18 cuts this season, with a win and 12 top-25 finishes. He finished T8 at The Masters (he missed the PGA with COVID-19) and has displayed impeccable ball striking, ranking 8th in GIR and 9th in SG: Tee-to-Green. His short game, so important at a tournament where missed greens are the norm, is equally deft — he ranks 5th in SG: Around-the-Green.
Phil Mickelson ($6,900)
This might look like a wasted pick, but the curiosity factor compels a roll of the dice on golf's ramblin', gamblin' man at the event where he's famously finished second a record six times. Phil's been at the eye of the LIV storm and the subject of an unflattering biography, resulting in a self-imposed exile that saw him skip his PGA Championship defense and a tarnished reputation. He's never been backed into a corner quite like this, and we're fascinated to see how he responds, and how the U.S. Open gallery, for so long the home of four-day Lefty lovefests, treats him.