The second major of 2020 is upon us and the first of the new season.
It’s the U.S. Open, set to take place this week at an iconic venue, Winged Foot Golf Club.
This year’s edition brings a trimmed down field of just 144 golfers. Only the top 60 and ties will make it through the cutline. For DFS purposes that means we should expect a low percentage of lineups that get all six golfers through the cut.
To help find some cut-makers this week, let’s have a look at some stats that might prove worthy this week at Winged Foot.
Fairways and Greens
Winged Foot is a traditional U.S. Open course so why not have a tradional (old-fashioned) view at the stats?
Martin Kaymer said this about Winged Foot just a few weeks ago, “it’s not about bombing the golf ball and not only a putting competition. I think it’s more about finding fairways and greens.”
Taking that simple approach, let’s look at the last 12 rounds of data to see who is playing the best “fairways and greens” golf:
Si Woo Kim ($20) didn’t live up to the hype last week in Napa where he was a betting co-favorite to start the week. How quickly things change from week to week because he’s now minimum price on Yahoo this week. We know he’s not afraid of a strong field since he won THE PLAYERS a few years back. He’s generally pretty unpredictable but there is a lot of wiggle room for his results when you get him at such a low price.
Getting Up and Down
Jumping back into the player quotes, we had 2006 champ Geoff Ogilvy talk about the importance of scrambling here.
“I’ve been getting it up and down from everywhere this week, which you have to. Your best day you’re going to hit 12 greens out here probably.”
Zooming out to a long-term view for this one, what golfers have gained strokes around the green most consistently over the last year? I choose a wider sample here because I want a golfer that can adapt to different around-the-green conditions.
Matt Kuchar ($32) doesn’t have any new tricks up his sleeve but he always tends to get the job done, especially at the U.S. Open. He’s posted top-30 finishes in 8 of his last 10 U.S. Open appearances. His ability to scramble is a big part of that. A decent glue guy this week if you need someone in the mid-range to round out your rosters.
Hopefully these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!