We finally get our second major of the golf season with the US Open taking place at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, this week. Opens tend to be tough, but Winged Foot amps up the difficulty, making par quite the challenge for even the world’s best golfers. For our DFS lineups this week, we need to find the players who can best overcome these difficult conditions.
Dustin Johnson ($11,500 on DraftKings, $12,100 on FanDuel)
Until Johnson fails us, it will continue to be difficult to pick against him. He’s won three of the past seven tournaments he’s played, including the Tour Championship two weeks ago. He leads the US Open field in shots gained tee-to-green over the past 24 rounds. He enjoys the type of swing that can reach the greens from the treacherous rough at Winged Foot. Plus, he’s won a US Open before.
Patrick Reed ($8,500 on DK, $10,000 on FD)
Reed capped off a nice 2019-20 season with a tie for eighth at the Tour Championship. He captured his eighth career victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship while notching eight top 10s, and making 17 of 21 cuts. In short, he proved a steady presence throughout the season. His lack of a big driver could hurt him at Winged Foot, but he’s been driving it straight and has gained strokes off the tee in 10 of his past 11 starts. Reed tends to rise to the occasion in difficult circumstances, hence his nickname “Captain America” for his Ryder Cup success.
Tyrrell Hatton ($8,100 on DK, $9,800 on FD)
Hatton finished one spot ahead of Reed in that Tour Championship, tying for seventh. Like Reed, he doesn’t hit it extremely far, but his iron game is strong and he’s gained strokes off the tee in his past four starts. Hatton’s past two US Open finishes include a tie for sixth and a tie for 21st, so he should be capable of handling the tough conditions at Winged Foot.
Matthew Wolff ($7,700 on DK, $9,600 on FD)
The rookie from Oklahoma State enjoyed a successful start to his career with a victory at the 3M Open, a 16th at the Tour Championship, and a 36th-place Official World Golf Ranking. His long drive will help him find precious birdie opportunities at Winged Foot. Wolff ranked 12th on the tour in strokes gained off the tee during the just-completed season.
Andy Sullivan ($6,300 on DK, $7,800 on FD)
The Englishman, like many of his European brethren who qualified for the US Open, will be a wild card this week. Sullivan enjoyed a successful season on the European Tour with a win and four top 10s as he made 10 of 12 cuts. He should be comfortable with the tough conditions he’ll face at Winged Foot.