2018 U.S. Open PGA DFS Cash Game Plays
Dustin Johnson walks away, literally, with another trophy and the No.1 ranking in the world after a win at the last installment of the FedEx St. Jude Classic during in Memphis. His 9-iron on the 18th two hopped, fell into the cup and captured a six shot victory over the only challenger in Andrew Putnam. DJ’s win takes back the No.1 ranking from Justin Thomas as we head up to Long Island and Shinnecock for the second major of the year.
A return to the site of the 2004 Retief Goosen U.S. Open win, Shinnecock will host a ton of talent all seemingly in good form. Coming off the Masters which saw a great Sunday between Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, and Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Open looks to return to form after Brooks Koepka’s birdie barrage at Erin Hills. The course is going to play fast and firm, the perfect test for players. All reports say that the course has been setup very well and great week is going to be needed to even think of winning this major. Cash tourneys look great for the major so let’s take a look at a few guys that should help make some green screens.
Brooks Koepka, $9000 – The defending champ comes into the event 10th in DK pricing, and looks every bit of form that he had before his wrist injury. Koepka’s length is a certain advantage and he can get out to a hot start and post a positive round one score. Koepka has lost strokes via approach in his last two tournaments, but his long iron play is where he can make hay against his competitors. He’s sixth in proximity from 200+ and third in Par 4 scoring in his last 24 and 36 rounds. He gets the early AM/PM tee time as well to help with any thought that he might not be getting a good draw. His birdie making ability makes him a threat, even on the difficult holes.
Tony Finau, $7500 – Finau’s missed cut last week will hopefully push folks off him, but his talent alone should get him a higher value. He ranks 2nd in proximity from 175-200 yards for the field and 27th from 200+. Finau is third in driving distance and sits 21st off the tee with his monster length. He’s still young, but has U.S. Open experience including a t14 at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Henrik Stenson, $8800 – It’s pretty simple. Stenson is a legend when it comes to his approach play, sitting 1st in the field from 200+ in proximity and 9th from 175-200 yards. It’s his putter that might be the issue here. However, you can see it get hot and Poa is his best green surface. A fifth at the Masters in April, he’s placed outside of the top 26 one time and that was a missed cut at the Valspar. He’s got the recent form to be atop the leaderboard come Sunday.
Patrick Cantlay, $7700 – The young gun also has been hot lately and has the stats to boot. He sits 4th from 200+ in proximity and eighth in my model for recent form. He doesn’t have a ton of major history, missing the cut at the Masters this year. However, his fourth place finish at the Memorial, another big time course where he has performed well, makes him a very interesting option in a loaded $7k pool.
Welp, not too many words here. Four days of good, solid golf hopefully being rewarded and not left up to chance. The winner is going to have to have the whole game going and Shinnecock should be ready to crown a true champion Sunday night. Enjoy the golf everyone!