Learn about this week’s PGA course for the The US Open and what types of golfers are likely to succeed on it for DFS.
Before jumping into the details of this week’s PGA Tour Event, I wanted to mention a timeline for all PGA DFS items that you can expect each and every week from Frank and myself:
- Monday: Course/Event Preview
- Tuesday: Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet, Livestream (8pm EST)
- Wednesday: Chat room (8pm EST) to answer lineup questions
Without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s event:
Event: US Open
Dates: Thursday September 17th through Sunday September 20th
Course: Winged Foot
Field: 144 players
Cut: 60 and ties
Past Winners: Woodland (2019), Koepka (2018, 2017), D Johnson (2016), Spieth (2015)
- All day/night Thursday through Sunday via Golf Channel, NBC and online streaming
- Winged Foot last held the US Open in 2006. Historically this course plays as one of the most difficult courses in the world.
- Par 70 at nearly 7,500 yards
- With this event being in September, the weather will be cooler and drier which means that the fairways and greens will be firmer and faster. No fans in attendance will mean that the rough will be thick everywhere (can’t get lucky hitting it into trampled down grass near fans)
- Course setup off the tee is fantastic as most of the fairways are slightly angled such that a player needs to control their line and distance in order to keep the ball in the narrow fairways.
- Greens are going to be extremely fast and undulating
- This will be the strongest US Open field ever since there are no sectional qualifiers. All players earned their way via merit based exemptions.
- The course features 2 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 12 par 4s:
- 2 Par 5s (565, 633): The par 5 9th at 565 will be reachable by most of the field and is the best birdie opportunity on the course. The 12th is 633 yards and for most of the field will require 2 good shots to leave a wedge in for their 3rd shot.
- Par 3s (243, 162, 214, 212)
- Par 4s: 9 of the 12 par 4s are 450 yards or longer. We will see a lot of approach shots from outside 150 yards this week. Players will need to find the fairway off the tee, otherwise they may not be able to advance the ball near the green in regulation.
- Off the Tee:
- As is the case with most US Opens, players who excel off the tee will have a massive edge. The long course and thick rough in combination with the firm, narrow and fast fairways will place a large emphasis on hitting the ball long and straight off the tee.
- Approach Shots:
- With 9 of the 12 par 4s being 450+ yards and all of the par 3s being 160 yards or longer means that we will have an abundance of approach shots from outside 150 yards. The greens here are going to be super quick and undulating which means that players who excel with their irons can leave themselves makeable putts. Meanwhile, those who struggle with their irons will have difficulty 2 putting or getting up and down for par.
- The greens this week will be extremely fast and undulating. Players will be forced to convert a lot of putts in the 4-10 feet range for par this week. Skilled and confident putters will have an edge here in keeping their rounds together and avoiding bogey streaks which can happen on this course.
- Around the Green:
- We will see a smaller than normal percentage of greens hit this week due to the length of approach shots, firm greens and thick rough. This will place an increased importance on being able to get up and down around the green.
What type of player typically succeeds here?
- I see one clear path to victory at this course:
- Elite ballstriking
- You can’t fake your way around this golf course. You will need to excel off the tee and on approach if you want to contend for the title.
- Elite ballstriking
What areas of a player’s game will be tested the most this week?
- Largest emphasis:
- Strokes Gained Off the Tee
- Strokes Gained Approach
- Approach from 150-175 yards, 175-200 yards, 200+ yards
- Smaller emphasis:
- Strokes Gained around the green
- Strokes Gained Putting
Check back in on Tuesday for the Cash article, GPP article, Cheat Sheet and Livestream (8pm EST).