The U. S. Open has always been one of the best tournaments each year, thus making it a premier event for fantasy golf drafts. The biggest names in the world will be attending the event in California, so ranking each golfer is as important as ever. Below is my full fantasy golf report for the 112th U. S. Open:
1. Tiger Woods – Woods has won an unthinkable three U.S. Opens and is coming off a huge win at the Memorial Invitational. He is finally confident again and coupled with his experience at the course, is the hands down favorite this weekend.
2. Keegan Bradley – Bradley has 3 top-10 finishes on the year and is drawing a lot of attention heading into the Open.
3. Luke Donald – Donald has finished in the top-15 in all three of his last stateside events. He is still ranked number one in the world, but still has yet to prove it in a big event this year.
4. Phil Mickelson – “Lefty” has been nowhere to be seen over the last two months, so it is safe to assume that he is really preparing himself for the Open. Expect him to rebound following his withdrawal due to “mental fatigue” at the Memorial.
5. Rory McIlroy – McIlroy won the Open in 2011 and will be a very popular pick this weekend. However, fantasy fans should be leery, because McIlroy has looked like a different golfer in 2012.
6. Lee Westwood– Westwood has never won a major in his career. He has been getting closer and closer with each major, but still has a big zero in the win column. Expect Westwood to come out swinging early, much like he did during the Masters.
7. Rickie Fowler – Fowler had an unbelievable win at the Masters this year and the kid has really matured.
8. Dustin Johsnon – Johsnon won the St. Jude Classic last weekend with an impressive 9 under. He was a birdie machine, with 5 birdies alone in his last round of golf.
9. Matt Kuchar – Kuchar has cracked the top-30 in four straight tournaments, including winning the Players Championship at Sawgrass.
10. Zach Johnson – Johnson is still one of the hottest golfers on the tour, as he has three top-2 finishes in his last five tourneys.
Bubba Watson – Watson has the grouping of death with Mickelson and Woods, so he many have to shoot 8 under just to be competitive.
Hunter Mahan – Mahan has not cracked the top-15 in his last four PGA tournaments, but the veteran still has two tournament wins under his belt already this year. He always shows up during big events, evident by his win at the World Golf Classic earlier this year.
Jim Furyk – “Ferocious Furyk” is always one of the best out of the tee box.
Bill Haas – Haas has looked like a completely different golfer since winning the Northern Trust Open, as he has not finished higher then 29th place since then. Haas is still one of the more veteran golfers attending the Open and his 23rd place finish last year was not too bad.
Louis Oosthuizen –The “Oozy” has missed the cut in three of his last four tournaments, but has looked great this week in practice. Oosthuizen will be a great sleeper to keep an eye on late.
Steve Stricker – Stricker has publicly professed his love for the Olympic course, but the 45-year old has not finished in the top-10 there since 2006, where he finished in sixth place with an unflattering score of 8 over. Stricker still has enough of a track record to get drafted this week, just not in the top-10.
Webb Simpson – Simpson has missed the cut in his last two 2012 events, but the two tournaments before that, he had a combined score of 25 under.
Kevin Na – Na continues to have an outstanding season, but he has missed the cut at the Open two consecutive times.
K. J. Choi – Choi is very experienced and could shock people this weekend.
Graeme McDowell – McDowell still has two top-10 finishes this year, despite all the negative attention that his recent struggles have drawn.