Believe it or not, it is the month of September with the NFL just kicking off and we are about to have our first golf Major for the PGA Tour’s 2020/2021 season. As crazy as it sounds it is certainly intriguing to get to witness the US Open at this time of the year as it is normally held in June during a “normal” PGA season. This will bring weather into the picture a bit more as it’s sure to be a little more chilly then a typical US Open golf major and it could make the already difficult tournament resemble The Open which also tends to be played in cold, windy conditions.
The 2020 US Open is back at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. What should we expect to see from this course? Miserable scores to be honest, this is one of the toughest tests in golf. The last time the US Open was played at Winged Foot was in 2006 where Geoff Ogilvy won with a +5 score. That’s right, +5! The rough at this course is deadly and you simply don’t stand a chance if you consistently miss the fairways here.
DFS Strategy for 2020 US Open
This is one of those courses where a Par is actually as good as a Birdie. Mistakes are going to have to be held to the absolute minimum on this course if you want any chance at hoisting the US Open Trophy. While it may be an advantage to be a long driver in most US Open’s, the risk of missing the fairways at Winged Foot is just too high and I’m sticking with consistently off the tee for my lineups.
I’m going to go with a balanced lineup construction as opposed to Stars and Scrubs. I will be targetting 1 guy from the top range of $9000 or above and then doing my best to fill the rest of the lineup with midrange golfers like Fitzpatrick, Hovland and English for example. All these guys are $8500 or below on DraftKings and I think you can construct solid lineups of safe plays with high upside in this salary range.
2020 U.S. Open Championship DFS Picks
Berger is coming off a successful season with 3 victories and 27 Top Tens. He had an amazing stretch from January to June where he had 5 straight Top Ten finishes. He struggled a bit in the last two legs of the FedEx playoffs never really making a run to the top of the leaderboards at all but he still managed to average 87 DK points in his last 3. Overall he is just a solid player in all stat categories and most importantly ranked 48th in Accuracy Off The Tee at 63%. I think he can keep it straight and compete this year and should be lower owned among the top tier.
He has had the distance all season long and most recently in his last few rounds has he added the accuracy making him a sneaky pick this week. He made a run at the PGA Championship finishing 4th where his putter let him down. Actually, his putter has been issue for a while now as he can’t seem to put together those clutch putts when needed. That being said with the course being as difficult as it looks to be we don’t need him to find many birdies this week. If he can play “Par” golf we may see another march up the leaderboard like he did at the PGA Championship.
It feels like I have picked Hatton every week this year but for good reason, he is such a consistent safe play. Outside of two bad tournaments since the Covid re-start, Hatton has finished no worse then 25th. It should be noted that one of those tournaments was the other major this year, the PGA Championship where he missed the cut. Since then though he looks to have regained his form finishing 25th, 16th and 7th leading into this tournament. Out of all the mid-range golfers I’m going with him as my safest bet to make the cut stay out of trouble at Winged Foot.