The second major of 2020 is finally here
The 2020 U.S. Open is set for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. 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:
Dustin Johnson ($11,500)
It's risky to go chalk at a major like the U.S. Open, where conditions, set up and crushing Open pressure combine to wilt favorites like a summer heatwave. But for the last six weeks, DJ has absolutely crushed it on every kind of setup, under every conceivable condition. In his last four appearances, against the best fields golf has to offer (a major and three playoff events), Johnson has gone T2-1-2-T3 (the last being his stroke-play finish at the Tour Championship, where he took the trophy thanks to his initial cushion). It's a little counterintuitive for a bomb-and-gouge kind of guy, but the U.S. Open is actually DJ's best major — he has a win and three other top-5 finishes at golf's toughest tournament. He's the best player on the planet playing at the major he loves the most.
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,900)
A front-loaded lineup forces us to go bargain-hunting, but with a stacked field, there are many bargains to be had. Fleetwood's greatest successes have come across the pond — he has yet to post a win stateside — but he's become a fixture on major leaderboards early in his career, including a pair of U.S. Open top 5s. He's coming off a productive week of Open prep, a third at the Portugal Masters, and he specializes in the tough par saves that are the most valuable currency at an Open.
Tiger Woods ($8,600)
Tiger has been putting in some Winged Foot reps, arriving Sunday to re-familiarize himself with a venue where he missed the cut in 2006 in his first start after the death of his father. He hasn't posted a top 10 at the U.S. Open since 2010, and his 2020 performance has been relatively lackluster. So what's he doing on this list? Well, for one thing, when you can get history's greatest player at a mid-level price only a year and a half removed from his most recent major title, you take him. Then there's the notion that Winged Foot owes him one; that MC, despite the extenuating circumstances, left him "pissed," in his own words. The switch could flip at any time, and we don't want to be on the sidelines when it does.
Phil Mickelson ($7,300)
The second half of our aging legends daily double, Lefty is the sentimental favorite this week at a tournament where his star-crossed ledger has become the stuff of legend — never more acute than at the 2006 Open at Winged Foot, where his 72nd-hole double bogey cost him the tournament and gave him the most painful of his record six runner-up finishes at the Open. But Phil has more to recommend him this week than sentimentality. He finished 10-under at the Safeway, shooting four rounds under par and at one point going 48 holes without a bogey. Things would have to click for Phil to contend, including fixing a left miss that was his undoing in '06. Here's hoping.
Martin Kaymer ($7,100)
Kaymer's most recent win? A dominant eight-shot U.S. Open win in 2014 that followed a Players Championship win earlier that year and seemed to herald Kaymer's golf ascendancy. Since then? Nothing. But there are recent signs of life — back-to-back top-3 finishes on the European Tour that could just as easily been wins. He may have forgotten how to close, but contention at a major once again may not be far off.
Brian Harman ($6,400)
Harman has quietly played some excellent golf of late, with two playoff top-12 finishes to close the 2019-20 season. His game is seemingly built for an Open — he's accurate, he's deft around the green (15th in SG: Around the Green in 2019-20), and he's a solid putter. Plus, this week, he's cheap. So there's that.
(Top photo courtesy of @TigerWoods)