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Shinnecock Hills is notoriously unforgiving. It has hosted three U. Open championships in the past three-plus decades. Just three players total shot under par. Driving the ball with length -- and more importantly, accuracy, both McIlroy strengths -- will be critical. These are small greens. You don't want to waste strokes chasing them. Experts tell me this, almost universally: McIlroy's A-game is better than everyone else's A-game.
When all else is equal, and everyone shows up to ball, McIlroy is the best in the world. He'll need to show it this weekend. Kevin Van Valkenburg U. Thomas' game sets up perfectly for Shinnecock. He hits it long and straight off the tee, hits his irons a mile high, can make enough birdies to overcome the inevitable stretch of bogeys and has a simmering intensity that runs hot but never really boils over.
Even though he lost the No. This is his chance to make that argument stick. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
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With confidence in his wedge game, Johnson will be the first player since Curtis Strange to win back-to-back U. Kuchar is always a cash game play, especially at this price, but I really love how he's missed only one cut in a U. Open and Open Championship in the last six years. Ironically, he also owns only one top in each of those majors during that same time span, so I'd stick with him in cash games and let others fall on the sword in GPPs this week, because he's sure to be chalky.
The hometown narrative is clearly a factor as Stricker will be playing in his home state with a ton of his friends and family supporting him. Beyond that, however, he has been playing really strong golf this year. He hasn't played in a U. Open the past two years, but before then he had four consecutive top finishes.
Pieters is still young, but his performance at Augusta this year as a rookie was incredibly impressive, as he snuck into a T4. He hasn't played at any of the comparison courses but has proved he can do well on big stages, with a fourth place at the Olympics last summer to go along with the Masters finish this year and a T14 at the BMW PGA Championship across the pond with a great field.
We need to get a little creative this week if we want to distinguish our lineups from other competitors. While a lot of obvious names are going to be circled over and over, if we dig a little bit, there are some names near the bottom of the board that are worth finding room for in a few of your lineups. South African Coetzee is one of those players worth looking at this week. Though he has been volatile in missing several cuts this year, his upside has been impressive, with five top finishes.
The South African also has posted consecutive top-five finishes at the U. Open, which leads me to believe he is ready to strike again. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Expert fantasy picks for the U.
Stanford wins first career Major at Evian 22h Associated Press. Euro captain eager to face Tiger in Ryder Cup 2d. Broadhurst adds another win at Ally Challenge 15h. Ryder Cup team as captain's pick 7d.
Fujikawa says he's gay, hopes to be 'inspiration' 4d ESPN. Spieth doesn't qualify for Tour Championship 7d Bob Harig. Bradley holds off Rose in playoff to win BMW 7d. Tiger's BMW play nets automatic U. Open berth 7d Bob Harig. Tiger on Nike's Kaepernick ad: