6 DFS Golf 2019 U.S. Open Deep Sleepers

by Mark Strausberg
DFS Golf 2019 U.S. Open Deep Sleepers

My wife has stopped asking me what I want for Fathers Day. Because she knows what I am going to say and there is no way I will get that wish: to play golf on Mothers Day! Of course there is a myriad of reasons for that, but to be honest I don't really like to play on Fathers Day. Assuming I can even get a tee time, I hate waking up early on the one Sunday morning I can do whatever I want. I hate playing late morning or early afternoon because it's just too darn hot at that time. And late afternoon or early evening? Fuggeddaboutit! The U.S. Open is one of my favorite tournaments of the year, there's no way I'm missing the last few hours of it! Which of course brings us to my 6 DFS Golf 2019 U.S. Open Deep Sleepers.

My 2019 U.S. Open deep sleepers follow our usual deep sleeper rule: any golfer under $7500 on DraftKings. More often than not, those players will typically be under $8500 on FanDuel, but not always. And I try to include at least one player who is the minimum $20 cost on Yahoo! as well. After all, what kind of father would I be to ignore one of my favorites?

However, I caution you not to go deep. There are plenty of viable players in the $8K to $9K range on DraftKings who could win this weekend. Moreover, recall that many of the extremely low salary golfers in the U.S. Open are amateurs who are typically long shots at best to even make the cut, let alone contend. Even if you went with two amateurs, you still can't afford to roster three studs $10.5K and higher, which is the only reason I would even consider such a ludicrous strategy.

And don't misunderstand. I really like this batch of 2019 U.S. Open deep sleeper picks below. However, I'm less likely to go with a Stars and Scrubs strategy this week than usual. I'm instead more likely to have rosters made up of six players in the Webb Simpson ($7700) to Rickie Fowler ($9500) range. Expect the former to be highly owned; the latter to be far less owned than the studs above him.

One last thing before we get to the 2019 U.S. Open Deep Sleepers. And that is to simply wish all of you fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day. I know I'll never get my Father Day's wish, but maybe you can get yours! In the meantime, I'll be content if my wishes for the players below come true.

DFS Golf 2019 U.S. Open Deep Sleepers

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Graeme McDowell ($7300)

I was really tempted to start with Rafa Cabrera Bello. Lots of reasons to like RCB this week, but he's coming in a little cold having failed to crack the top 40 in his last three events. Instead, I will start with McDowell is coming off a T-8 at last week's RBC Canadian Open. He's made 16 of 17 cuts this season. The lone exception was way back in November.

If that's not enough for you, I'll remind you that McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010. I didn't mention it above, but guess where the U.S. Open is this year? There's a reason I have a ton of shares of Graeme McDowell this week, especially on Yahoo where he is the minimum $20.

Jim Furyk ($7200)

Far costlier on Yahoo however is Jim Furyk. But the former US team captain is an easy sleeper choice for me. His age will hopefully scare some off and make his ownership levels more palatable. But Furyk has made five out of the last five U.S. Open cuts, with three Top 25 finishes including a second place finish.

And you are aware that Furyk is also having one of the best years he's had in a long while, right? He's currently 14th in shots gained approaching the green which has helped him notch three straight finishes of 33rd or better in his last three tournaments.

Lucas Glover ($7000)

Yes, he's a former U.S. Open winner. However, he's missed seven straight U.S. Open cuts dating back to 2012. But yes, he also finished 7th at Pebble Beach during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year.

If you can't tell, I've been waffling back and forth on Glover. However, his strong statistical profile (He's 3rd in scrambling and his stats approaching the green are even better than I thought!) makes him a good fit for this week and worthwhile recommendation.

Justin Harding ($6900)

You can't win a U.S. Open putting poorly and he's currently ninth in shots gained-putting. Of course, I've previously discussed my issues before getting Harding right. Sigh.....

Erik Van Rooyen ($6900)

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For someone priced this low, Van Rooyen has already had a spectacular season on the European tour with four top tens already. Yet his game has carried across the Atlantic as well, with a T-20 at last week's Canadian Open and T-8 at the PGA Championship last month. EVR might be one of the more trendy picks, but I'm a believer.

Andrew Putnam ($6800)

Way too many reasons to like Putnam this week. First off, his stats are extremely strong (2nd in shots gained in putting; 10th in sand save, 21st in birdie average). Secondly, he's coming off top 20 performances in his last two tournaments.

The native West Coaster also finished T-38th at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, ahead of notables like Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, and Jordan Spieth. Do I expect him to finish ahead of those three individuals again? No. But a top 40 finish is certainly possible and at $6800, I'm willing to take a chance.


I don't like that I gave you two sleepers at $6900, so I wanted to give you one more and go even lower. And Victor Hovland is very tempting. He would be my choice if I had to choose an amateur. But why choose an amateur, when you can have a professional like....

Collin Morikawa ($6700)

Okay, so Morikawa just turned pro last week. But a T-14 in your professional debut ain't too shabby. He putted well and was T-18 in driving accuracy last week. My expectations are actually lower for him this week. Yet I do think he makes the cut. And if making the cut is all any of my 2019 U.S. Open deep sleeper picks do, then it will be a Happy Fathers Day for me!

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