It’s time for the second Major Championship of the year as the golf world turns its attention to a soggy Merion Golf Club. Merion is a short course that has the typical U.S. Open rough that will force golf balls to disappear. No player has played a competitive round at Merion so fantasy picks are based on general form and history at other U.S. Opens. This Open will be unique to be sure with drivable par-4’s, drying out greens, and the unique flagless poles that have wicker baskets on the top not flags (read why here).
Last week, Harris English got the surprise victory at the St. Jude Classic, and even though no one in our group had the first-time champion it was a high-scoring week overall. My entry finished with an even 200 which was good enough four fourth in our group with the win for the week going to Above Par. Foot-Wedge stayed atop the Spring segment standings with a good week and was able to pass Eagle’s Nest to take the top overall spot by two points.
This week I’ll give you my picks for both the Yahoo format and the ESPN Best Ball which they fire up for the Majors. Each night I’ll give my picks for Best Ball on twitter @FantasyCPR so give us a follow to see who we’re playing each round. For the picks that lock for the whole tournament, this is the way I’m going:
Tiger Woods- Tiger lives for these Majors but hasn’t won in five years. He’s coming off a rough week at the Memorial which may scare some fantasy owners away, but even if he doesn’t win I expect him to be in contention like he has in most of the recent Majors. He’s won four times this year already and definitely has the ability to win at Merion. Whether he will or not is the top story going into the weekend.
Graeme McDowell- McDowell won in the U.S. Open in 2010 and finished co-runner up last year. He’s also won in two of his last four events which both took place in Europe. There are many good A-list options, but McDowell is always a top option at the Majors.
Jim Furyk- The veteran Furyk finished fourth last year at Olympic coming just short as Webb Simpson got the win. It was his sixth career top-5 a the US Open and has solid all year with just one missed cut and six top 25’s in 12 tournaments.
Scott Stallings- Stallings has three top 5’s in his last three tournaments and made his way here to his first US Open through sectional qualifying. He did well for me last week so I’ll keep him for another start and hope his momentum continues. He has the shot-making ability to attack the course but lack of experience is a bit of a concern.
Matt Kuchar- Kuchar is one of the best picks to win the tournament, but I’ll start with him on my bench since I’ve already used so many of his starts. He won his last tournament at the Memorial after finished runner-up at Colonial.
Keegan Bradley- Bradley finished second at the Byron Nelson a month ago for his sixth top-ten of the season. He has Majors experience and if he gets his putter dialed in could be a major threat this week.
Charl Schwartzel- The South African continues his steady play with top ten’s in 11 of his last 16 tournaments around the world. He doesn’t rely solely on length meaning his game could be the right fit for Merion.
Jason Day- Day always brings his A-game to Majors. He’s been around the leaderboard at the Masters and has a solo second at the US Open from 2011. He’s a bit of a flier pick, but he’s made the cut in every tournament he’s entered and I think he’ll be solid again this week.
Best Ball Lineup-Day One
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