Leading up to and including the PGA Championship, Jason Day started to look like his former elite self. Unfortunately, the magic has left just as quickly as it came. Day has struggled mightily since his T4 at Harding Park, only recording one sub-70 round in his six post-PGA Championship rounds. Despite his recent funk, the Aussie is an intriguing option at Winged Foot this week, as he's historically thrived on tough golf courses and has recorded three top-five finishes in the U.S. Open in his career. Day is a high-risk, high-reward DFS play.
Paul Casey will attempt to follow up his blazing runner-up performance in the PGA Championship this week at Winged Foot Golf Club. Casey has been an extremely consistent performer in the U.S. Open, recording top-25 finishes in each of the last three years. The Englishman finished the season ranked 21st on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee to green, but his balky putting stroke has kept him out of the winner's circle in major championships. His ball-striking consistency makes him a nice DFS option this week.
Perhaps the most consistent performer of the season, Daniel Berger has missed just one cut this calendar year and has gained strokes tee-to-green in all but one start of 2020. Berger picked up a win in the first tournament back after the restart at the Charles Schwab and has added three more top-three finishes to his post-layoff resume. He's yet to have a true breakthrough in major championships, but did post a T6 in the 2018 U.S. Open on a difficult Shinnecock Hills layout. Berger is a rock-solid fantasy option this week.
Louis Oosthuizen will make his first start of the 2020-2021 season this week at Winged Foot. Oosthuizen has found success at the U.S. Open in the past, with top-25 finishes in each of his last five starts. He did not have a great 2019-2020 season, however, with just two top-10 finishes in 13 starts. An encouraging statistic for Oosthuizen coming into this week is that he ranked 23rd in proximity to the hole last season. Oosthuizen's consistency is past U.S. Open tournaments suggests he has the opportunity to compete this week. He has a pretty low DFS price of $7,600.
For many years an auto play in major championships, Justin Rose has been anything but consistent as of late. True to recent form, the Englishman logged a T9 at the PGA Championship on the heels of three straight missed cuts, and then proceeded to log a missed cut against a weak field at the Wyndham the following week. The pattern of inconsistency has been the same for Rose in the U.S. Open, as over the last four years he has two missed cuts, a top-10 finish and a T3 in America's national championship. This volatility makes him a boom/bust DFS option this week.
It's been a year marked by injury and disappointment for Tiger Woods. The legend has failed to capitalize on his promising play during the fall of 2019 and hasn't cracked the top-25 in a tournament since January. Woods has continued to strike his irons well, but has lost strokes putting in five-straight starts. It is tempting to take a chance with him on a difficult course like Winged Foot due to his ability to grind out pars, but his short-game issues as of late make him nothing more than a speculative DFS play.
Abraham Ancer played in his first U.S. Open last year at Pebble Beach, finishing T49. Ancer had a solid 2019-2020 season, qualifying for the Tour Championship and finishing 18th in the FedEx Cup standings. Ancer is above-average in driving accuracy, ranking 49th on the tour. Finding fairways will be key this week. Ancer also ranked 20th in total strokes gained. He does not have much history in majors, and the U.S. Open is historically one of the most difficult tournaments of the year. He rides some momentum coming into this season, though, and he has a DFS price of $7,800. He may be a good value pick if he can build on his 2019-2020 season.
Much is made of Tony Finau's inability to win golf tournaments, but despite being winless in major championships, the 31-year-old has been remarkably consistent in the year's biggest events. Finau has recorded four top-five finishes in his last nine major-championship starts and heads to this week's U.S. Open on the heels of a T4 in the PGA Championship. His length allows him to handle long Par-4s well and his once-questionable short game has been rock-solid as of late. He's a player to target in DFS formats.
Gary Woodland won his first major championship at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and will look to defend this year at Winged Foot. Woodland has struggled to find his game a bit over the past couple months, with zero top-20 finishes over his last five starts of the 2019-2020 season. He was fairly average in most key metrics but ranked 10th in strokes gained approaching the green and 38th in strokes gained putting. Those two metrics will be key this week at a very difficult Winged Foot course. He comes into the week with a DFS price of $7,800, which is a bit of a bargain for a defending champion.
Bryson DeChambeau has gained lots of publicity for his bulked-up physique and distance off the tee. However, it's DeChambeau's iron play that is the real story as he heads to Winged Foot Golf Club for this week's U.S. Open. The 26-year-old has been ice cold with the irons recently and ranks just 117th in this field in strokes gained on approach over his last 12 rounds. DeChambeau's distance is a huge advantage on any layout, but he will be in for a long week if he continues to miss greens. He's a risky DFS proposition in his current form.
Collin Morikawa emerged victorious from the year's first major, capturing the PGA Championship in dramatic fashion at TPC Harding Park. The young star will try to make it two majors in a row this week at the U.S. Open. Morikawa is perhaps the best young iron player that we've seen since Tiger Woods, but it's his short game that will be put to the test on this brutal Winged Foot layout. He ranks just 62nd in the field in strokes gained around the greens over recent rounds and will need to improve dramatically on that average if he hopes to contend this week. Despite the short game concerns, Morikawa still profiles as a high-upside DFS option due to his otherworldly ball-striking ability.
Rory McIlroy heads to Winged Foot Golf Club in search of the second U.S. Open title of his career. McIlroy started the season in white-hot form, but his game has floundered since the PGA Tour's restart. The four-time major champion does appear to be trending in the right direction and has gained strokes tee to green in each of his last two starts. His DFS price tag is high, but he's an interesting pivot from his more-popular counterparts at the top of the board in GPPs.
Jon Rahm heads to Winged Foot Golf Club this week in search of his first major championship victory. Rahm has continually gained steam since the restart and has notched marquee wins at both the Memorial and the BMW Championship. The Spaniard has plenty of power off the tee, but perhaps the most impressive area of his game has been his dazzling work around the greens. Rahm will need all the short game magic he can muster in this week's U.S. Open, as conditions are expected to be brutal. He's an elite DFS option and one of the odds-on favorites at sportsbooks.
Marc Leishman had a rough showing during the PGA restart, missing three cuts and finishing 29th of the 30 qualifiers for the Tour Championship. Leishman struggled to find fairways and didn't putt well during the 2019-2020 season, which suggests he will have a difficult week at Winged Foot. Leishman has historically not performed well at the U.S. Open, with just one top-20 finish in seven starts. Based on recent play and past performances at the U.S. Open, there is nothing to suggest that Leishman is worthy of being in a lineup this week. His DFS price is $7,100, but he does not offer much value at Winged Foot.
Tyrrell Hatton had a strong 2019-2020 season, finishing seventh in the FedEx Cup standings. He was particularly good in strokes gained approaching the green, ranking fourth on the tour. He also ranked third on the tour in putting average. As we know, you have to putt well to win tournaments, especially majors. Winged Foot will be very difficult this week, and there will not be a lot of birdies out there. Hatton's strong putting suggests he has a good chance to compete this week. Hatton has a bargain DFS price of $8,100.