US Open fantasy golf picks
Who should you pick in your fantasy teams for this week’s US Open?
The weather forecast is set fair which will help bring some of the shorter hitters into the mix this week and should be something you consider when choosing your 2019 US Open fantasy golf picks.
Form isn’t a major factor when looking at picks with Brooks Koepka only registering one top five finish in the run-up to both his US Open victories.
Despite this, Koepka did make five straight cuts leading up to his back-to-back victories and these were his first starts of the season after a wrist injury.
Playing a US Open is mentally demanding and therefore some players take the week off prior to the tournament to prepare themselves. Interestingly, seven of the last 10 winners lifting the US Open trophy did not play the week before their victory.
2019 US Open fantasy golf picks
Tommy Fleetwood proved he is capable of performing on the world stage in 2018 and proved that your chances of winning a US Open crown aren’t over until you walk off the 18th green on Sunday.
The Englishman’s unforgettable closing round of 63, which was a matter of inches away from being a 62 and forcing a play-off, showed that if you get your eye in on the fast and firm US Open greens then you can give yourself a chance.
Fleetwood made his debut at Pebble Beach in February and finished in a tie for 45th.
Francesco Molinari’s quality at an event like the US Open, especially at a relatively short venue like Pebble Beach, means he must be worthy of consideration.
The Italian proved that he can win on the biggest stage on a tough course like Carnoustie last year where he stayed patient and capitalised on Tiger Woods’ back-nine mistakes.
When the 36-year-old’s game is in shape he is a machine but he’s currently going through a tough run, missing the cut at the PGA, and will be looking to significantly improve his recent form.
A significant upturn in Adam Scott’s putting has seen the Australian rediscover the sort of form that saw him reach the summit of the Official World Golf Rankings and become a major champion.
Scott ranked outside the top 150 for Strokes Gained: Putting but finds himself inside the top 25 on the PGA Tour in 2019. Whether he attributes it to the new flagstick rule or to his strange looking putter it has made the 2013 Masters champion a serious contender at a course where good putting is vital.
He hasn’t played a great deal of golf in the last couple of weeks but it looks like his game is right where he wants it to be with six top-20 finishes in 2019, two of those being top-10 finishes in his most recent starts.
Former US Open champion Webb Simpson has continued his fine form from 2018 into the current season.
His only missed cut came at the Valspar Championship in March and he has four top 10s to his name. He arrives at Pebble off the back of a good week at the Canadian Open.
The American has a solid record at the US Open and has only missed one cut since 2011 and he made it inside the top 10 last year.
Statistically Gary Woodland is a player to keep your eye on this week and ranks well for Stokes Gained: Off the tee on the PGA Tour.
He started like a house on fire at the Memorial Tournament but a triple bogey on one of the par fives rocked him and he struggled for the rest of the week.
He finished T8 in the last major thanks to a final round of 68 at a tough Bethpage layout so he is capable of putting scores together when the going gets tough.
Rafa Cabrera Bello has claimed in the past that Pebble Beach is his favourite course to play and has registered in his last two starts here finishes of T22 and T26.
The Spaniard’s last missed cut in a major came at the 2017 PGA Championship but he has only recorded one top 10 in that period. Is this the week Rafa can contend amongst the biggest names in golf at one of his favourite courses?