Jun 6, 2015; Dublin, OH, USA; Brendon Todd and Francesco Molinari look on at the eighteenth fairway during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
$6,900 to $6,000
Brendon Todd ($6,900) really broke through last season and he has carried that over to this year.
Todd is just a good player all-around. Todd is 22nd in Strokes Gained: Putting, 39th Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, 12th in scrambling, 1st in sand saves, and is 9th in hitting the fairways.
The only downside to Todd’s game is that he isn’t the longest off the tee. He only drives it about 275 yards, but if he’s hitting fairways and sinking putts like he has done for the season that might not matter much.
Danny Willett ($6,800) is having a breakout season of his own. Willett won earlier this season at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and he has acquitted himself very well in two of the biggest tournaments of the season.
At the BMW PGA Championship, Willett finished T-38, and at The Masters he finished T-38. Willett is also coming off a fantastic T-6 finish at the Irish Open.
I’m really liking Willett this week, I’ll be having some exposure to him to give me some salary relief.
Alexander Noren ($6,800), his form has been on point of late. He’s coming off a win at the Nordea Masters along with a T-21 at the Irish Open and T-8 at the BMW PGA Championship.
Tommy Fleetwood ($6,600) ended up burning some folks with his missed cut at The Memorial. So, many folks might not own him or even consider him. However, I do think that’s the wrong way of going about it.
While Fleetwood does pose a bit of a risk considering he has yet to make a cut at a major in his very young career, he is playing well this season on the European Tour.
Fleetwood finished T-6 at the BMW PGA Championship and T-21 at the Irish Open. The BMW PGA Championship featured a strong field and the Irish Open featured some strong winds. Fleetwood might be ready to, at the very least, make the cut at the U.S. Open.
May 2, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tommy Fleetwood tees off on the fourth hole during day four of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac March Play at TPC Harding Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Gallacher ($6,400) is primarily a links golfer. Gallacher has a rock solid history at The Open Championship. Everywhere else he is pretty much a miss. But, the U.S. Open is unique this year as we’ve gone on about throughout this discussion.
Chambers Bay has the potential to really suit Gallacher’s game and he’s another that could sneak up on people that just brush him aside when they look at his history in U.S. Open’s.
Those are the golfers I really like and will strongly consider in this range. You have Tony Finau, Cameron Tringale, Daniel Summerhays, all quality golfers, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Finau though is really intriguing. I may not pick him on any of my teams, but I’ll be keeping an eye on him.
It’s tough, but I think I’m going to give the slight edge to Willett. I like his game, he’s young and he has the potential to do some great things.
$5,900 to $5,100
I’m going to try and stay away from here as much as possible. There really isn’t a whole lot here. Marcel Siem ($5,900), Anirban Lahiri ($5,800), Sam Saunders ($5,500), Shiv Kapur ($5,300) are interesting, but eh, I think I’m going to stay away.
Since we do have to make a pick I think I’ll take Ollie Schniederjans ($5,400).
Schniederjans may be someone to take for the 2018 U.S. Open, but it’s tough to expect a whole lot from the amateur this go around.
Schniederjans is a Georgia Tech product – and you know how well those turn out – he dominated on the collegiate circuit and I think it’s only a matter of time before he’s another one of these young golfers to watch out for.
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Seeing him compete this year is probably a bit of a stretch though. However, it definitely isn’t uncommon for an amateur to make the cut or even compete for a little bit for a U.S. Open title, however it is unrealistic. If he makes the cut, then that’s a great finish for the young Schniederjans.
So, there we go, that’s the lineup for our little game we are playing. I don’t know, looking at it as a whole, it does look pretty solid. Fowler, Garcia, Matsuyama as my top golfers. Then we have Moore in the middle tier and some contrarian picks with Willett and Schniederjans.
I’m not confident in Schiederjans and will probably replace him with someone safer, but I think I’ll take a shot and throw this lineup together just for skittles and giggles to see how it actually does officially over on DraftKings.