Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA U.S. Open 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | PGA U.S. Open 2018 

The second major golf tournament is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited with so many players being at the top of their games, plus Tiger, and plus Phil coming to a place he loves……..or so we think. It’s also back at Shinnecock Hills, a traditional U.S. Open golf course.

This years we are at Shinnecock Hills,in South Hampton, a 7,445 yards, Par 70 test of golf. It’s a course that’s all about angles into the greens, and playing from the rough and fescue almost guarantee a one-shot penalty. Some of the par 4s are so long that coming in on the wrong line makes holding the green almost impossible. The second distinguishing feature of Shinnecock is the fact that you are going to have to shape shots opposite of your stance (for example, hitting a fade from a hook lie and vice versa), into greens that will only hold the correctly shaped shot. The greens are broken into areas that reject shots when coming in from awkward angles. The false fronts and run-offs make controlling the spin on your golf ball paramount.

In 2004, Reteif Goosen won with a score of -4, and if anyone remembers, the greens were so hard and fast, they were just impossible to hold. They were actually watering the holes throughout the days in hopes they could soften them a little. In 1995, Corey Pavin won here with a final score of even par. So yes, these angles and greens are tough.

The leaderboards in those years were littered with grinders and you would think those are the type of players you should be selecting this week, however, that may be the wrong choice as they have altered the course. Besides increasing the yardage by over 400 yards, they have also widened the fairways since 2004 by over 15 yards. In 2005, the average width was 25 yards, this year it will be 41.5 yards. That’s a massive difference, especially when the average width at a regular tour event is 32 yards. This makes us think that you should lean towards taking bombers who can scramble. If anything, you should have at least one ticket with all bombers just in case.

That’s all for this short preview.

Good luck this week.

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