The U.S. Open golf tournament is set for June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. That means it’s time to pick your optimal fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best U.S. Open 2018 lineup looks like for DraftKings:
Dustin Johnson ($11,700)
DJ was last seen jarring a 9-iron for a walk-off eagle and six-shot win at the St. Jude before going home to Paulina Gretzky. The man’s swag level is stratospheric. The U.S. Open is his best major; before last year’s MC coming off his pre-Masters fall down some stairs, he had posted finishes of T4, T2 and 1 in his previous three Opens. Barring a suspicious sock-footed slide down a slippery staircase, he’s the man to beat this week.
Phil Mickelson ($8,600)
Leading with my heart here; I think I want this as much as Lefty does. Shinnecock actually owes him one after he was denied in 2004 by Retief Goosen’s supernatural putting performance on concrete greens. Not to mention the fact that the golf gods owe him about four of these things. The shaved greensides at Shinnecock suit Mickelson’s short-game wizardry, and he’s playing at an elite level right now, with a win and four other top 10s in 2018. The stars are aligning to deliver Lefty a memorable 48th birthday present.
Patrick Reed ($8,500)
Masters-U.S. Open doubles are about as rare as Reed’s friends on Tour, although Jordan Spieth turned the trick three years ago to join Tiger, Nicklaus, Palmer, Hogan and Craig Wood in the exclusive fraternity. Reed actually has a decent U.S. Open record, with top-14 finishes two of the last three years. The Masters win won’t dislodge the sizable chip on his shoulder, which might just be his best weapon.
Webb Simpson ($7,700)
Webb’s having a gem of a season — a dominant win at The Players, five top 10s and rankings of fourth in scoring average (69.51) and fifth in SG: Putting. Simpson’s 2012 U.S. Open win remains his only major top 10, but that just means he’s overdue for another one. He’s playing too well to ignore.
Bill Haas ($7,100)
Last year’s T5 at Erin Hills was Haas’ best-ever finish in a major. He doesn’t have much to show for a season marred by his involvement in a fatal car crash in February, but his short-game mastery (8th in SG: Around-the-Green) should serve him well this week.
Sam Burns ($6,400)
Hat tip to my friend, golf blogger Geoff Shackelfordfor alerting us to this sleeper and rising star, who crushed it in sectional qualifying (15-under for two rounds, Memphis medalist by six shots) and was once the top-ranked college player in the country.