Round 4 of the U.S. Open will be underway Sunday morning, so let’s dive into a quick breakdown of Sunday’s Showdown slate on DraftKings.
Remember, unlike Round 3, Round 4 will allow you to get placing bonuses for your golfers, so choosing golfers further up the leaderboard will obviously boost your chance of having a higher score.
For $9,800, it’s hard not to roster Gary Woodland considering he’s in first place by one stroke over Justin Rose. Not only has Woodland been excellent with his putter this tournament, but he’s third in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and fourth in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.
Brooks Koepka ($10,400) could be a contrarian option since he’s three and four strokes behind Rose and Woodland and is a bit more expensive than those two. If Woodland and/or Rose falter on Sunday, Brooks could make a surge.
He’s been solid everywhere outside of his putting. He ranks second in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking, first in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, and eighth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green, which is important at Pebble with their small greens.
Golfers to Buy
Chez Reavie ($7,700) is an easy buy at his price since he’s in third place. Chez has been dominant this week, gaining 11.3 strokes tee-to-green, which trails only Koepka. Not to mention he ranked in the top six in Strokes Gained: Approach, Around-the-Green and Ball Striking.
Matt Wallace ($7,500) is a good low-salaried guy to target, who is currently in ninth place. He doesn’t stand out in any single metric, but he’s had a great tournament, ranking ninth in total strokes gained.
Danny Willet ($6,900) is also sitting in ninth place after he had a tremendous Round 3 in which he shot four under par. Now for the tournament, he ranks 13th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and ninth in total strokes gained.
Golfers to Fade
Dustin Johnson ($10,200) isn’t worth the high price tag since he’s sitting all the way in 17th after the third day. He ranks just 21st and 38th in birdies and pars gained for the tournament. And while his ball-striking has been solid, he probably won’t pay off his price from the position he’s starting at on Sunday.
Xander Schauffele ($9,200) is starting the day in 14th place, but he’s been rather disappointing this tournament, ranking just 62nd in Strokes Gained: Approach and 40th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. I’d prefer if he were striking the ball better to pay for him in this spot.
Chesson Hadley ($7,200) is sitting in seventh place, but it’s largely due to his putter since he ranks second in Strokes Gained: Putting and 63rd or worse in both Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and Strokes Gained: Approach. I’d rather target Reavie, Wallace and Willet near this range since they’re actually striking the ball well.
- John Rahm ($8,900) is still someone I am looking to target since he’s starting in ninth place, and he ranks fifth in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and fourth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green.
- Byeong-Hun An ($7,400) is another target in this price range that would be in consideration for me. He ranks 10th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and first in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green so far. However, it’s slightly concerning he ranks just 58th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking, which is normally his strength.
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Note: Strokes Gained data via Fantasy National.
Pictured above: Gary Woodland
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