Shinnecock is a Par-70 structure that checks in at 7,445 yards. The general problem of the course will rely closely on the wind circumstances, as there isn’t a single tree on the property, leaving the course fully uncovered to the weather. Gamers ought to count on agency and quick circumstances, as is the case with nearly all U.S. Opens. Shinnecock has performed host to 4 earlier U.S. Opens, with the final being in 2004 the place Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to take residence the title. The 2004 version turned infamous for a way the USGA fully misplaced the seventh inexperienced and was compelled to water the placing floor between teams in the course of the last spherical on Sunday. Since then, the course has been considerably lengthened by nearly 500 yards, and most of the touchdown zones across the fairway have been redone, being each widened and narrowed in numerous locations.
Off the tee, gamers will face brutally agency fairways with devastatingly thick fescue tough lingering simply off the quick stuff. A ball within the fescue will nearly drive anybody who’s wayward off the tee right into a chip out and make par a troublesome, if not not possible, job. Whereas distance will definitely be a bonus given the size of the course, accuracy off the tee can be paramount. The firmness of the green ought to present ample quantities of runout on tee photographs, so even quick tits have an opportunity at approaching the inexperienced from an inexpensive distance.
Method is the place this match can be gained and misplaced this week. The inexperienced complexes at Shinnecock are legendary, with practically each strategy coming right into a raised inexperienced with shaved areas off the placing surfaces, a la Pinehurst No. 2. Getting up and down from off the inexperienced can be a troublesome job this week; nonetheless, gamers who put the ball on the correct areas of the placing surfaces can be rewarded with birdie alternatives. We might even see gamers who wrestle with chipping choose to putt from off the inexperienced, however the slopes at Shinnecock are way more extreme than at a course like Pinehurs,t so there may be way more problem and danger with implementing that technique. Shinnecock can be distinctive in that it options poa greens, one thing that we hardly ever see outdoors of programs on the West Coast.
Being a Par-70 structure with two troublesome Par 5s, I’ll be taking a look at Par-Four and Par-Three scoring. All 4 of the Par 3s are extremely troublesome and can possible all play effectively over par. Gamers who’re in a position to grind pars on the Par 3s after which make the most of the scoring alternatives on the few quick Par 4s may have an enormous benefit over the remainder of the sphere.
As with every U.S. Open, in addition to final yr at Erin Hills, we should always count on to see an entire grind. Scoring can be at a premium, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see only a few, if any, gamers below par this week if the wind will get blowing. In DFS we usually need to goal birdie makers, however at an occasion like this the place ending place can be essential to general scoring, discovering guys who can grind out pars and never implode with large numbers takes on an added significance.
With there being no related course historical past to talk of this week, listed here are just a few programs that I’m taking a look at as corollary programs to Shinnecock Hills:
Oakmont CC – Lengthy Par-70 structure with agency and quick circumstances.
Royal Birkdale – Hyperlinks-style course that requires gamers to fly the ball into the inexperienced fairly than play bump and runs like different links-style layouts.
Erin Hills – American links-style course with extensive touchdown zone the place size will assist however accuracy off the tee was most necessary.
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Strokes Gained: Method
Good Drive Proportion
Par Four Scoring
U.S. Open picks (Every day Fantasy Golf)
High-Tier Targets ($9,000-$11,700)
I used to be going to push all my chips to the center of the desk with DJ this week no matter what occurred final week in Memphis on the St. Jude Basic. Nicely, DJ being DJ, he needed to exit and lap the sphere and regain his No. 1 spot within the World Golf Rankings, nearly assuring that he’ll be one among, if not the, hottest play within the subject this week at Shinnecock. Johnson is constructed for the U.S. Open along with his size off the tee and wonderful strategy recreation. The agency and quick circumstances will go well with his recreation effectively, and he can be left with only a wedge or quick iron in his palms on many holes, so long as he can preserve it within the fairway, one thing he couldn’t do final yr at Erin Hills. For my part, Shinnecock most intently resembles Oakmont CC, which can be the positioning of DJ’s main championship breakthrough in 2016. Pricing is smooth sufficient this week to roster DJ and nonetheless construct a lineup that you simply really feel very assured in, which makes him the apparent play for money video games. It will likely be a daring stand to fade him in tournaments.
Former U.S. Open champion Rose is in a few of the greatest type of his whole profession and is among the high general performs this week at Shinnecock. Rose’s ball putting has been on one other degree this season and he excels on programs the place circumstances are troublesome. Rose is an ideal 15-for-15 in cuts made this season and he has racked up an unbelievable 10 top-10 finishess in addition. Whereas I completely love Johnson this week and even pivoting to the decrease owned Justin Thomas, I additionally really feel completely snug constructing just a few balanced rosters with Rose because the high-priced anchor. This strategy means that you can not need to stoop down into the low-$7,000 vary, which is all the time technique at a U.S. Open the place solely the highest 60 and ties will play the weekend. Rose’s greatest asset has been his iron play, which is by far the highest statistic you need to be on the lookout for this week.
I actually struggled over who to place for the ultimate top-tier decide between Koepka and Tiger Woods. Whereas I’ll actually have shares of each, if I needed to decide only one, it could be defending U.S. Open champion Koepka. Much like Dustin Johnson, Koepka is completely constructed for U.S. Open set ups along with his mixture of elite size off the tee and strong wedge recreation. Nevertheless, Brooks is significantly better putter and has the marginally higher contact across the greens than DJ, which ought to assist him grind out pars if his iron play waivers. Koepka’s efficiency in main championships speaks for itself, as he hasn’t missed a reduce in a significant because the 2013 Open Championship and has completed throughout the high 25 in 10 straight appearances in main championships.
Mid-Tier Targets ($7,500-$eight,900)
I admittedly have a smooth spot for Hideki, however with that in thoughts, I’ll be trying to load up on him this week at possible low possession. It’s onerous to see his possession getting a lot increased than 10-15 p.c within the millionaire maker with guys similar to Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka simply above him in pricing and chalky choices similar to Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey just a few hundred cheaper. Matsuyama has been flying below the radar regardless of kind that has proven indicators of life over the previous month with finishes of T16 and T13 in his final two showings. Much like Koepka, Matsuyama nearly all the time exhibits up in main championships, ending throughout the high 20 in his final 5 showings in majors and a T-2 final yr at Erin Hills; one other lengthy American links-style structure.
Grace is a man to focus on each time he tees it up at a troublesome course, and this week at Shinnecock may very well be the time for Grace to interrupt by way of on the Main stage. Grace is a superb hyperlinks participant, and his low ball flight will play effectively at Shinnecock if and when the wind begins to blow. Grace performed wonderful final yr a Royal Birkdale, which is a course I’m utilizing as a corollary course to Shinnecock with its links-style structure that forces gamers to fly the ball into the greens. Grace additionally performed wonderful on the U.S. Open in Oakmont, one other course with traits much like Shinnecock, ending with a T-5. He falls in the identical boat as Matsuyama when it comes to possession, as he’ll possible be neglected in massive subject tournaments given the opposite engaging performs in his worth vary.
I’m completely comfortable consuming the chalk on the high this week with DJ, Koepka, and Justin Rose, in addition to within the mid vary with Matt Kuchar. The place I’m trying to diversify my lineups can be on this $7,500-$eight,900 vary, and Oosthuizen is somebody I’m trying to load up on within the millionaire maker on DraftKings. Oosthuizen is one other man to focus on when scoring circumstances are powerful as evidenced by his strong U.S. Open observe document. His iron play was horrendous at the beginning of the season however has been steadily bettering over his previous few begins. He has additionally been among the best scramblers on this planet, a trait that he will definitely have to name on this week at Shinnecock. I cant see his possession getting above 10 p.c, making him an ideal GPP pivot off of golfers on this worth vary with half the pedigree, similar to Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman, and Francesco Molinari.
Lock and cargo cash machine Kuchar but once more this week, regardless of his possible excessive possession. Kuchar isn’t very lengthy off the tee, however as I discussed on the high, accuracy off the tee goes to be simply as necessary as pure distance this week. Kuchar has a wonderful observe document in U.S. Opens, making each reduce since 2010, with six of these seven finishes coming inside the highest 30. On high of that, Kuchar nearly all the time brings his “A recreation” to main championships, lacking just one reduce in his previous 20 main championship appearances. The $7,600 price ticket is an unbelievable worth, making Kuchar undoubtedly the great sort of chalk this week at Shinnecock.
Others to Take into account: Phil Mickelson (GPP), Paul Casey (Money), Tommy Fleetwood
Worth Targets (Below $7,500)
It’s nice to see Walker taking part in effectively once more after his battle with Lyme illness, and he can be trying to carry over that nice kind to Shinnecock. In addition to his PGA Championship win in 2016, his observe document in main championships has been pretty poor over the previous two years. Nevertheless, his ball putting has been at a top-tier degree, and he has gained strokes versus the sphere in all of his begins since The Masters. Walker is a superb wind participant and can be snug coping with the circumstances that gamers will possible face.
It’s onerous to inform the place the general public will go together with Johnson this week. On one hand, he’s a big-name, multi-time main winner who’s priced within the low $7,000 vary; on the opposite, he’s a really quick hitter, which can drive individuals away. I’m on the pro-ZJ aspect of issues, as he’s a unbelievable hyperlinks participant and wasn’t hindered a lot final yr at Erin Hills and its 7,800-yard size, ending a good T-27. Johnson can be helped by the troublesome circumstances and the emphasis on grinding out pars on the troublesome Par 3s that Shinnecock will throw on the subject.
Different Worth Performs to Take into account: Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Si-Woo Kim, Charles Howell, Ryan Fox