All of golf’s best are on hand at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the 2019 US Open. This is a huge field that still manages to be top-heavy because so many of the top players are in terrific form going into the third major of the season. While somebody like Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, or any of the other high-priced guys could very well win this thing, there are a lot of good, cheap options to fill out your DFS roster.
That’s what we’ll be on the lookout for this week. You’re going to have to save money somewhere in order to take as many of the elites as possible. That’s where we come in. Salaries listed are from DraftKings.
Gary Woodland ($8,000) – Gary Woodland had a very disappointing weekend at Muirfield Village to finish out the Memorial, but he’s got a chance to wipe the slate clean and fire it up once again at Pebble Beach. Woodland was second in putts per GIR at the Memorial, so at least that part of his game was pretty decent. He ranks 10th in strokes gained tee to green this year, trailing this list of names: McIlroy, Cantlay, Matsuyama, Johnson, Casey, Scott, Fleetwood, and Woods. Every one of those guys costs more than Woodland and some cost significantly more. He’s inside the top 25 in strokes gained approach and just outside the top 50 in strokes gained around the green. He’s a solid player with no glaring flaws. That’s a good way to save some coin.
Webb Simpson ($7,700) – If you look up “steady” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Webb Simpson. Granted, it was a distant second to the absurdity of Rory last week, but Simpson was second up in Canada and only carded three bogeys on the weekend. Simpson was fifth at the Masters and finished inside the top 30 at the PGA Championship on a tough track, so he’s played well with the brighter lights as well. He’s only missed one cut. He’s not a birdie machine like some guys out there, but he’s a safe play at a salary that allows you to spend bigger. Softer, friendlier greens should help, as he’s T-44th in SG: Putting, to go along with being top 20 in SG: Tee-to-Green and 12th in SG: Around the Green. It seems like he’s being disrespected a bit this week.
Henrik Stenson ($7,600) – Henrik Stenson is close. He pulled a top-10 finish out for us last week after tipping him for the RBC Canadian Open. He could have done even better, but finished with a 70 on Sunday. Stenson’s iron play has been magnificent this year. His SG: Approach was 5.68 last week and he was very strong at the PGA Championship with 7.36 SG: Approach. Nothing else worked for him, as he finished 48th, but he’s real close. He hit a ton of greens and fairways last week. If he can do the same this week, another top-10 finish is coming. He was much more expensive last week in the lesser field.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,500) – Speaking of guys that were much more expensive, Brandt Snedeker was well up the board last week. He’s an absolute bargain this week. Snedeker has had all kinds of success in California, including two career wins here in 2013 and 2015 and two wins in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Snedeker was fourth last week and was a very solid pick with just five bogeys. Snedeker has quietly been a top-10 putter this season and he’s got an affinity for these greens with those two wins and a top-10 in the US Open the last time it was here. Snedeker is also second in SG: Around the Green, so he’s playing very well where it counts the most. That’s definitely good enough for me to have him on my roster this week.
Jason Day ($9,100) – We’ll finish with a pricier option, but I don’t think Jason Day will get the respect that he deserves this week. I will grant you that he’s not in very good recent form. Day has a MC and two finishes outside the top 20 since he tied for fifth at the Masters. But, at this stage of his career, I think Day is out there to make cuts and make money in the regular tournaments, but wants to go out there and really get those major championships. Day is fourth, second, fifth, 11th, fourth, 64th, and sixth at Pebble Beach the last seven years. He’s top 10 in SG: Putting and has been good enough tee-to-green to make some noise. I just think he’s one of those guys with a second gear in majors and we could see that play out handsomely this weekend.