Expert Picks for U.S. Open Championship
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
The last time the Tour swung through Congressional, it was Rose leaving Bethesda with the oversized check. He's put more than a few rounds on the resume this season that suggest he can rise at this venue once again. We struggle to support him against this field, but we expect he will compete.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10
The most alluring kid in golf also ranks as the most tempting gamble in the fantasy realm. McIlroy has been a force of reckoning at several majors, and he hasn't payed in that many. We would be shocked if he fails to rise to the occasion again at Congressional.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #157
We're starting to wonder if the penchant for improved consistency displayed early this season was more of a flash than a sign of things to come. Still, Ogilvy must be mentioned when we turn the discussion to talents capable of winning majors, and he should be on your radar.
Paul Casey [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #100
We've said it before but it holds true: Casey may be the most maddening commodity on fantasy golf. With a limited schedule of play thus far this season and mixed results on American soil, it is a challenge to get him on the roster. It's also a challenge to ignore his presence.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #14
Not only is McDowell serving as the defending US Open champ, but he is also serving as one of several golfers with noteworthy performances through many of the recent majors. He brings his best to the floor when the challenge is stout, and McDowell also owns more than a few rounds of note at Congressional.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #92
Choi has a recent win on the Tour, he has a resume of persistent abilities to challenge at the majors, and he has history at Congressional that suggests he knows and can tame these links. We struggle to envision him pushing this elite field, but we have no doubt he will challenge and push to be there when the fight is going down on Sunday.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
There are several young gunners we want to wager on this week, just for the thrill of watching them continue their chase of fame. Day must be at or near the top of that list based on his performance at OCR the last two years, making him the "safe" choice out of the US Open sandbox.
Allenby continues to cruise quietly through 2011 with the ups and downs we expect from any and all on the Tour, but his ups are always impressive and the gift of extensive history on this track could be his most treasured asset.
Aaron Baddeley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #200
Another risk based on a view built over recent history, but Baddeley has improved dramatically this season and appears to have the heart to take on the USGA version of a "challenge." Is he a risk? You bet, but not at a level higher than any other name on our list.
Stewart Cink [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #148
We want to get Cink on the list after thorough review of past leaderboards from Congressional. It seems this vet has a definitive plan that works on these links. If he can get his season on track, it wouldn't surprise to see it happen one the game's biggest stage.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
An objective analysis of the facts at hand would put Snedeker higher on our list, and there is a calling from the gut to suggest we should. However, with a field worthy of the US Open and a course sure to be tricked by the USGA, we worry Snedeker's history at Congressional will go from impressive to above average, and above average is good for 23rd.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
We give a slight edge to Snedeker based on his work at Congressional, but Bubba may deserve the edge when you turn to recent history regardless of course and his ability to compete against the best in the business (as he has done on several occasions over the last two seasons). You may see Watson as your "sleeper" of choice for this year's US Open.