2020 US Open DFS Golf Deep Sleepers

by Mark Strausberg
2020 US Open DFS Golf Deep Sleepers

I hate that I have to give you my 2020 US Open DFS Golf Deep Sleepers this week.

Don't misunderstand me. I love helping y'all out, writing articles, and as I say every year the US Open might be my favorite tournament of the year. But this being what we will politely call a mixed-up year, the US Open does not fall on Father Days weekend but closer to the Jewish High Holidays. More importantly, the US Open is now falling right into Week 2 of the NFL season! I got football picks to focus on too darn it!

One of the reasons why fantasy football and fantasy golf are two of my favorites is because their seasons are near perfect compliments of one another. Just as one is ending, the other is starting. It is a perfect harmony of fantasy sports. This year however it resembles a third-grade beginner strings concert.

My attention and focus will be divided this week. It's hard enough to try to balance fantasy sports and real-life and now this. Sigh. All right. Done complaining.

The site of this year's US Open is Winged Foot, less than 20 miles north of New York City. Of course, we have the usual favoreds. I do like the chalky Dustin Johnson, as well as Webb Simpson. A little further down the salary scale I really like Tyrell Hatton. But even at $8100 on DK, that's way too high for our deeper sleeper list.

We are going extremely deep this week with a bar of $7000 or lower on DraftKings. Here are some of my favorites.

2020 US Open DFS Golf Deep Sleepers

Ramus Hojgaard (DK $6,800, FD NA)

Looking for a deep sleeper? FanDuel did not even include Hojgaard as a choice as of the time of this submission. And few American fans probably know who Hojgaard is. However, I suspect they'll learn pretty quickly.

Hojgaard is a 19-year phenom who is wowing them overseas. Barely old enough to vote, he won his first event on the European Tour with an eagle on the third playoff hole at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open this past December. He notched his second European Tour victory just recently two weeks ago at the UK Championship. He has four other top-10 finishes. A top-10 finish this week feels too optimistic. And this answer to this tweet is "no".

However, with nothing to lose don't be surprised to see Hojgaard burst onto the scene this week.

Kevin Streelman (DK $6,700, FD $7,700)

Few in this price range are coming in as hot as Streelman. Actually, few outside the five-digit cost period are coming in as hot as Streelman. He finished T-3rd in last week's Safeway Open to "open" the season. Previous to that he finished the season on a tear by making seven straight cuts including a 2nd place finish at the Travelers Championship. Streelman is far from flashy, but he's often a very safe play. He is one of the more experienced golfers I'm featuring this week.

This Gen X golfer has played the US Open a half dozen times in his career culminating in a T13 finish the last time he teed it up. He also made the cut at the PGA Championship earlier this season. The man knows how to avoid the big numbers. He is currently 24th in Bogey Avoidance, a key stat in any US Open. If you are looking for a low cost but dependable option, Streelman is your man.

Adam Hadwin (DK $6,600, FD $7,700)

Frequent readers of this column would not be surprised to know that really wanted to include Mark Hubbard here, but I didn't want to have two $6700 guys. So instead of Hubbard, I'm going with a different "H".

Hadwin's only PGA Tour win came in 2017, but he is good every year for a handful of top-ten finishes. What I like about Hadwin is he knows how to play to his strengths. He's never going to win a longest drive competition, but he has finished in the top 40 in driving accuracy each of the last three seasons. Given the thickness of the rough at the US Open, that favors Hadwin.

Hadwin is too strong of an option to be priced this low.

Lanto Griffin (DK $6,500, $8,200)
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Okay, I'm cheating here with the FD limit, but Griffin is still relatively cheap on FD and absolutely priced way too low on DK for me not to include him here.

And I can't in good conscience leave Griffin out. I've been riding him to success all year. He's been obscured by some of his classmates, but he's had a remarkable year. He notched top-20 finishes in three of his last four starts. Those include the talent-laden fields of the PGA Championship and the BMW where he finished T19 and 10 respectively.

If Griffin tumbles this week it will be because he fails to keep the ball out of the rough as his GIR (Green in Regulation) was only around 65% or 137th on tour. However, if he can harness his incredible distance off the tee, he should avoid plenty of bogeys due to his strong putting (39th in SG: Putting). Griffin is a high-risk high reward play this week, but one whom I will have definitely have multiple shares.

Brian Harman (DK $6,400, FD $7,600)

Harman must be sponsored by the American Public Libraries. Because I can't figure out any reason why there isn't more noise about the year he is having. He finished the FedEx in 37th, due in part to finishing 27th in Shots Gained Total. He's made five straight cuts including a T-11 and T-12 at the loaded fields of the Northern Trust and BMW Championship most recently.

The 5'7" Harmon is never going to be long off the tee. But his accuracy and putting (3rd overall in putts per round!) is always a great arsenal to bring to a US Open. This week is no different.

Max Homa (DK $6,400, FD $7,300)

Homa's recent form does not spark much confidence. His lone Top 40 finish since the restart due to the pandemic was a T3 at the 3M Open. However, before the break, he was cooking with a T24 at Bay Hill and three Top 10s on the West Coast.

He's definitely a left coast kind of player, but Winged Foot features poa annua, his preferred putting surface. Homa could absolutely pop this week. He's a GPP-only kind of play, but the potential is there for decent dividends.

Other 2020 US Open Deep Sleepers

Since it's a major, I'll give you a few other deep sleepers that I like. And as usual, I will likely tweet out another option at some point.

Will Zalatoris, Richy Werenski, and of course Tyler Duncan are three others that I considered for my 2020 US Open DFS Golf Deep Sleepers.

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