U.S. Open at Pebble Beach DraftKings Preview
The PGA Tour makes its next stop in Pebble Beach, California for the 2019 US Open. Arguably one of the most beautiful courses on the circuit…Pebble Beach offers a challenge to all golfers. The field will be playing 18-holes and 7,075 yards total for each round. Weather does not seem to play a huge role as the golfers will be dealing with low 60’s for the high and mid 50’s as the low temperature…also 10 MPH wind gusts on average, which makes for a great weekend of California golf.
I have never been to Pebble Beach (I hope to one day) but, I have played the 1994 Sega Genesis video game Pebble Beach Golf Links…which I feel gives me an unfair advantage against the DFS world! Of course, I am joking, as I know graphics in the gaming world have changed the course layout and I don’t believe Johnny Miller (1994 Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner) will be playing in this one. My strategy is relatively conservative as I will be looking for golfers who keep it in the green and putt fairly well. Bethpage Black demanded more of a powerful game, whereas Pebble Beach requires finesse and precision along it’s rocky cliffs.
Rory McIlroy ($10,500):
The Northern Ireland native dominated in the Canadian Open last week, beating the field by 7 strokes. With 2 wins on the season and only one cut…Rory has finished better than 21st in every PGA appearance. His $10,500 price point is perfect and at +850 odds to win the tournament, I like going with Rory.
Patrick Cantlay ($10,000):
I am going with the former UCLA standout this weekend at Pebble Beach. Cantlay has been on a burner lately, after winning The Memorial Tournament and also has placed in the top-10 in 5 of his last 6 events. He is a birdie machine, ranking 5th among PGA Tour golfers in birdie average and 2nd in scoring average per round with a score of 69.1.
Webb Simpson ($7,700):
Hailing from the great state of North Carolina…Simpson is one of the most consistent golfers in the field. I love his scoring average of 69.475, which ranks 4th among active golfers on the PGA Tour and his form has been spectacular as of late. He finished 2nd to Rory at the RBC Canadian Open and has made 12/13 cuts this season. I believe his “arm-anchoring” style of putting will aid him in sticking around at Pebble Beach.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,500):
With an impressive resume at Pebble Beach (two wins in his career) I love going with the solid Snedeker. He also placed well in Canada by finishing 4th in the event. With a proven track history at the difficult course, I feel it would be difficult to pass on Brandt at his low price-point. A proven winner and consistent golfer…what more could you ask for?
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($7,400):
This choice is solely based on Fitzpatrick’s ability to make the cut on a regular basis. The 24-year-old prodigy has the ability to surprise the field at the US Open, and being that he is a calm, cool, and collected golfer…I like his credentials heading in to this event. The Englishman is a fairly accurate driver, hitting the green 65.78% of the time. Could he be the second coming of Rory? I believe he could.
Collin Morikawa ($6,700):
Morikawa is truly my dark horse pick of the event. He is another California native and played his college career at Berkeley. Collin was also named the 2018 College Player of the Year. Most of my choices are based on their performance in the Canadian Open and Morikawa placed P14 in his first professional event. Pretty impressive for the rookie golfer, and I could see magic being produced by the up and coming golfer.
References: Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, PGATour.com