Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson among the contenders at Pebble Beach
The 2019 U.S. Open is set to start tomorrow, running June 13-16, at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. 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 2019 U.S. Open lineup looks like:
Dustin Johnson ($11,300)
I'll be honest: I almost resorted to a coin flip to decide between the twin bros at the top of the board. DJ nudges Brooks Koepka mainly because of his phenomenal record at Pebble — two wins and seven top 5s at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, plus a three-stroke 54-hole lead at the 2010 Open at Pebble before a final-round meltdown, back when he was more prone to such things. Despite the fact that it feels like he's still searching for his best stuff, DJ has been dynamite of late: Since his last missed cut (at the 2018 British Open), Johnson has three worldwide wins, runner-ups at The Masters and PGA, and 13 top 10s in 22 events.
Paul Casey ($8,300)
Casey was the runner-up to Phil at the 2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, part of a stellar season that also includes a successful title defense at the Valspar and a T3 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. His ball striking has been flawless — he's sixth in SG: Tee-to-Green and 10th in SG: Off-the-Tee — but his putting has held him back on occasion. Still, a 16-under showing at Pebble in February showed a high level of comfort on the Poa Annua greens. Casey is too good not to win a major at some point, maybe this week.
Phil Mickelson ($8,200)
Do I think Lefty will finally break through at the tournament he wants most, a tournament where he's finished second a record six times? Not really, but I'd hate for it to happen with him on my bench and not in my lineup. The storyline is almost too delicious to contemplate: Phil completing a career slam on his 49th birthday at a place he loves, a place where he's won four times (including this past February) and where he finished T4 at the 2010 Open. Phil's greatest obstacle might be his own self-imposed pressure: "When you’re turning 49, you’re like, ‘I’ve got two more chances, this year and maybe [in 2020 at] Winged Foot [where he finished runner-up in 2006] and that’s about it," he said. "With that being the only one in the four that I haven’t won, and what it would offer me and how I look at my career, I put more pressure on it. That’s the difficult thing."
Kevin Na ($7,700)
Na was No. 233 in the world at the end of 2013, with on-course yips that made it tough for him to draw back the club. Today, he's No. 31 in the world and coming off a win at the Charles Schwab in his most recent outing. His demons seemingly conquered, he looks poised to contend in a major. He finished solo seventh at the U.S. Open in 2016.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,500)
Sneds is another Pebble thoroughbred, with wins at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2013 and 2015 and a T8 at the 2010 Open. He's been sneaky-solid of late, with top 25s in five of his last seven outings, including a T4 at the Canadian Open this past weekend. He has an underrated U.S. Open record with five top 10s, his most at any major. He's streaky, but when he gets hot, he's extremely dangerous, with a round of 59 at the Wyndham last August and a 60 in Canada last Friday. He loves putting the Poa Annua greens.
Lucas Glover ($7,000)
The 2009 U.S. Open champ has missed the cut at the last seven Opens. So what is he doing here? Well, he's cheap, and he's enjoying a resurgence at age 39, with four top 10s and 11 top-20 finishes in 16 events this season. He's 17th on Tour in scoring, 28th in GIR and 21st in SG: Tee-to-Green. He's shown no real weaknesses this season.
Did you know?
There are four four-time U.S. Open winners: Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), amateur Bob Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), and Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980). Only six players have won the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year: Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tiger Woods (2002) and Jordan Spieth (2015).