The 2021 U.S. Open is set for June 17-20 at Torrey Pines (South) in San Diego. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup as the third major of the season is set to take place at the iconic course out on the West Coast.
Here's what our best U.S. Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Brooks Koepka ($10,100)
Rather than go with defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, we'll give this week's top spot to the other member of the Koepka-DeChambeau mutual admiration society. The ongoing Brooks-Bryson slap-fight is golf's most entertaining sideshow, but let's not lose sight of the fact that there's a major championship this week, and no player has built his game around the four majors as effectively as Brooks, at least since Tiger's heyday. Koepka has finished in the top two in one-fourth of his major championship appearances, a stunning stat that speaks volumes of his ability to rise to the occasion. One caveat — he's missed the cut in three of his last four stops, but that one made cut was a T2 at the PGA. He'll be ready.
Webb Simpson ($8,700)
The 2012 U.S. Open champ has added two more top 10s in the event since then, including a T8 last year. Simpson has played the weekend in 16 straight majors, a run of consistency that has few rivals. His overall game — he's eighth in driving accuracy, 13th in GIR, and 13th in SG: Putting — is absolutely built for U.S. Opens. He's a threat to win this week.
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,100)
Oostie's syrupy swing travels as well as anyone's, but it's his mastery with the putter that has him on our radar this week — he's first on Tour in SG: Putting. He's won an Open Championship, but the U.S. Open is arguably his best major; he has four top 10s at U.S. Opens, including a solo third in 2020. He was last seen playing second fiddle to the Phil Show at Kiawah, but that week just proved that his game is in major shape.
Tommy Fleetwood ($7,800)
Fleetwood is something of a U.S. Open ringer, posting back-to-back top 5s in 2017 and 2018. Like Oosthuizen, he's still searching for his maiden win on U.S. soil, but like Oostie, it wouldn't be a shock to see that win come in our national championship. Fleetwood is a master at erasing mistakes greenside — he's 4th in SG: Around-the-Green — and that's an invaluable skill at U.S. Opens.
Phil Mickelson ($7,700)
Do we really think that Phil the Thrill has another major in him, especially the one that has eluded him so cruelly throughout his career? Not really, but we'd never forgive ourselves if he finally completed the career slam when we had him sidelined. Golf's most entertaining half-centenarian is capable of just about anything, and the guy who knows his game better than anyone thinks he'll arrive in the mood to contend. "I don't care if they're playing on the moon next week, he's going to come in feeling very bulletproof, in my opinion," said Lefty's former caddie Bones Mackay. Good enough for us.
Gary Woodland ($7,500)
Woodland has already stared down major maven Brooks Koepka at a U.S. Open, winning in 2019 up the Cali coast at Pebble Beach, so we know he's capable. His recent form — he missed the cut at the Memorial but posted top 10s at the Wells Fargo and the Valero — has been mixed, but how often can you get a recent major champion at this price?
Top photo courtesy of @BKoepka