Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with the PGA Tour’s 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines this weekend. DPA Staff Colin Lynch here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this Major event!
The tournament features a 160 player field consisting of PGA Tour and European Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 9:45am EDT at Torrey Pines (South course) located in La Jolla, California. The course will play as a par 71 measuring over 7,600 yards and will feature Poa Annua greens. The Top 65 and tied will make the cut for the weekend after the completion of 36 holes.
Top Tier Targets
Jon Rahm ($11,200)
Rahm seems to be one of the safest plays on the board this week. He is coming off a W/D at The Memorial due to contracting COVID-19. Rahm has remained symtom free and he offers tremendous upside with some of the best stats and course history in the field. Rahm ranks Top 5 on tour in total driving, Top 10 in bogey avoidance, and Top 15 in strokes gained approach. Rahm has four Top 10 finishes (7th, 2nd, 5th, 29th, 1st) in his last five starts at Torrey Pines.
Xander Shauffele ($9,300)
Xander is coming off a Top 15 finish at The Memorial Tournament where he gained 5.9 strokes on approach. He has quietly made eight of his last ten cuts on tour, including seven Top 15 finishes. Xander is a Cali native and a regular at Torrey Pines. He posted a 2nd place finish at this course (Farmers) earlier in the year and he also had a Top 5 finish at last years U.S. Open. Xander ranks Top 25 in the field on strokes gained approach and strokes gained off the tee. He also ranks Top 15 in bogey avoidance and Top in strokes gained putting (poa). He gains strokes in all facets of his game and he’s one of the best in the field at competing in Major events.
Tony Finau ($8,900)
Finau is an elite ball striker that is one of the longest off the tee in the field. Finau has eight Top 20 finishes in his last twelve starts world wide, including six Top 10’s (32nd, 20th, 8th, 94th, 10th, 79th, 99th, 14th, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th). Finau ranks Top 25 in the field in strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained on approach. He’s quietly been rounding into form and he seems to play his best in stacked fields on Golfs biggest stages. Finau has eighteen starts in Majors and has made the cut fifteen times, including eleven Top 20’s. Finau ranks Top 5 in the field in strokes gained around the green and ranks Top 10 in bogey avoidance. Finau has five conseuctive Top 15 finishes at Torrey Pines (2nd, 6th, 13th, 6th, 4th).
Middle Tier Targets
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,100)
Louis is coming off a Top 20 finish at The Memorial Tournament and has now posted three straight Top 20 finishes on tour (18th, 2nd, 8th). Oosty has made seven consecutive cuts at The U.S. Open and nineteen of his last twenty cuts on tour. He’s become one of the best putters on poa on tour and he’s finished in the Top 10 at this event in the last two years (3rd, 7th, 16th, 23rd, 23rd, 2nd, 4th). At only $8,100 Oosty is one of my faviorite point per dollar plays on the board.
Abraham Ancer ($7,900)
Ancer is coming off a Top 15 finish in his last start on tour at The Charles Schwab Challenge. Abe has been in elite form, highlighted by ten consecutive cuts in his last ten starts on tour, including nine straight Top 26 finishes (14th, 8th, 2nd, 5th, 18th, 26th, 23rd, 22nd, 18th). Abe is a consistent all around golfer that peppers fairways and greens. He’s one of the most accurate off the tee and he ranks Top 5 in the field in bogey avoidance and fairways gained.
Paul Casey ($7,900)
Casey enters The U.S. Open in amazing form and he’s been playing the best and most consistent golf of his career in 2021. Casey has eleven worldwide starts this year and ten of his eleven starts have resulted in Top 26 finishes (6th, 4th, 21st, 75th, 26th, 5th, 10th, 5th, 12th, 1st, 8th). Casy has back to back Top 10 finishes in his last two events. Paul ranks Top 15 in the field in strokes gained approach and he’s one of the best in the field at avoiding bogeys. Casey has a great track record playing in Majors, including four straight Top 26 finishes at The U.S. Open (17th, 21st, 16th, 26th).
Value Tier Targets
Charley Hoffman ($7,200)
Hoffman snapped his streak of eight consecutive Top 35 finishes on tour with a 57th place finish at The Memorial Tournament. He’s now made twelve straight cuts on tour with eight Top 20 finishes in that span (3rd, 17th, 18th, 18th, 2nd, 34th, 17th, 10th, 52nd, 7th). Hoffman ranks Top 5 in the field in strokes gained on approach, Top 15 in bogey avoidance, and Top 20 in strokes gained off the tee. Charley has gained at least five strokes ball striking in seven of his last eight events on tour. He’s made seven of his last nine cuts in U.S. Opens and finished in the Top 10 last year.
Justin Thomas ($9,700)
Viktor Hovland ($9,200)
Will Zalatoris ($8,600)
Brian Harman ($7,400)
Joaquin Niemann ($7,500)
Kevin Streelman ($7,100)
Ryan Palmer ($7,100)
Lanto Griffin ($6,800)
Jhonattan Vegas ($6,800)
Brendan Steele ($6,500)
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