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So this week, starts our Staff’s Weekly Fantasy Golf picks. Starting with US Open Week is tough enough, but throw in the fact that the venue is Shinnecock hills makes this week even more difficult. Moving forward we will be adding audio to the post but for this week we will just be producing the article version.
The ground rules are these. Pick three favorites and 1 long shot. That’s it, so go ahead and pick against us. See how you fare!!!!
Before I make my U.S. Open picks, I will make this prediction which may or may not be a bold one. Someone will miss their tee time. The traffic this week is no joke and all of the players are talking about it. Some have taken 2.5-3 hours just to get to the course, so really no lead is safe.
- Justin Rose- This is my winner for the week. Rose comes into the week well rested and in good form. It seems as though the flat stick is behaving right now and his win at the Fort Worth Invitational was coupled with a T6 at Memorial. Rose shines under the U.S. Open pressure and is a past winner.
- Dustin Johnson- Any other occasion I would not consider the winner of a tournament immediately prior to a major, but this is that one-time exception. Johnson has so much game and the return to his old putter has done volumes.
- Rickie Fowler- This could finally be the breakthrough. Fowler has experienced enough heartache in the majors to where it has shaped him. Fowler has plenty of games and for him to have as good odds of winning as Tiger Woods is insulting to the former who has all of his game identified.
LONG SHOT Steve Stricker- Stricker gets the nod here because he still can compete on the PGA TOUR, but winning in your 50’s is just not something seen every day. Kenny Perry stated at the Memorial Tournament that it could be done and Stricker is more than capable. His win would be a popular one.
This is a course where many of the favorites can do well so the weekend could be very interesting
Here we go!
- Justin Thomas – the now No.2 golfer in the OWGR is prime to win another major and take back the No.1 world ranking from Dustin Johnson. He has the length and the moxie to handle the highs and lows that a US Open set up brings. Shinnecock will be no exception this week in providing that drama.
- Jon Rahm – I am a HUGE fan of this young Spaniard and how he approaches the game. If he is driving the ball straight this week he could run away from the field by Saturday afternoon. He has the guts and nerve to pull off tough shots when needed and we all know that is 100% necessary at a US Open venue. His short game is great and will save him many strokes this week.
- Dustin Johnson – I know that no player has ever won the US Open after winning the week before. That is why DJ is only 3rd on the list and not 1st. He obviously is playing extremely well coming into the week and if his putting is working this week it will be hard to find another player that will be able to keep up with him.
Longshot – Xander Schauffele – The winner of the TOUR Championship at East Lake C.C. has shown that although he only has 2 career wins he can win on a big stage. So why not this week at Shinnecock?
- Henrik Stenson: Starting with a bolder pick I actually think Stenson possesses all the tools necessary to take home the trophy at Shinnecock. He fits the bill with his experience, previous major wins and solid finishes in majors the past couple years. He’s also ranked in the top 20, which bodes well for his chances as the average US Open champion usually isn’t any lower than the 20 spot in the World Golf Rankings.
- Justin Thomas: Thomas is poised for another great performance heading into the Open. He’s been on fire as of late and is motivated to steal away the #1 spot from Dustin Johnson. A win at Shinnecock all but guarantees that.
- Dustin Johnson: It’d be foolish not to consider DJ in this spot. He’s the #1 golfer in the world and already has a US Open win to his name. But, history prevents me from placing him #1.
Longshot: Bryson DeChambeau: The prospect has performed admirably at other majors before, usually finding himself on the good side of the cut line. But more importantly, he’s just playing damn well. And with young prospects like DeChambeau, it’s only a matter of time before they breakout. This could be that time and he’s got momentum on his side with a win in the Memorial Tournament a couple weeks ago.
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Last but not least it’s my turn.
- Dustin Johnson:I don’t think there is anyone on the planet playing better golf than he is. Nor do I think there is anyone better set up to compete on this style of course. If he plays as he has recently, he will win.
- Phil Mickelson: So I am not sure he will win, nor am I sure he will compete after watching him last week. But in all honesty, he really only has a couple more chances to do this so I think that could be enough for him to put together 4 quality rounds.
- Patrck Reed: This was tough, I believe Ricki Fowler was probably a better choice but I think Reed has a game that could play this week. He has been working on his game trying to clean it up and preparing for this week. He also likes coming in as the underdog, knowing he is noone’s favorite but mine. Maybe I’ll send him a Pajamagram.
LongShot: This was difficult because I do not think any of the older players other than Phil have a shot. And I am not sure a first time winner with one of the younger players is possible either. But then there is Aaron Wise, who won recently. He is someone I believe could win this week. So that Is my choice.