2018 U.S. Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
After a tantalizing build-up these past few weeks, the US Open is finally almost upon us.
Without wanting to go over-the-top with hyperbole – this is an event that promotes itself, the 2018 edition of the toughest tournament in golf really could be one to savor.
Many of the best players in the world are bang in form, and a visit to a typically unused venue (Shinnecock Hills hasn’t been on rotation since the 2004 US Open) always brings with it challenges and surprises. Tiger, Phil, the Justins, Dustin, Rickie, Bubba, Phil, Jordan….you know that some if not all the major suspects will be in the frame come Sunday.
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First, they will need to tame a Shinnecock layout that, on paper at least, doesn’t look too tricky despite prior US Opens held here being a real grind. The fairways are wide – 41 yards in some places, according to reports – and that gives everyone a chance of keeping their ball in the short stuff.
Indeed, we expect the bombers to flourish on Long Island. This is a long old Par 70 layout at 7,445 yards, and with just two par 5s to play with it’s clear that there are some rather meaty par 4s to tame. The fact that most in the field will be able to free their arms with driver in hand gives them a chance of playing into these small, fast Poa Annua greens with wedge or short iron in hand; a tangible advantage over those attacking from a lower trajectory.
Another factor is wind….lots of it. Shinnecock Hills has a real Linksy feel to it, and that vibe is punctuated further by the fact that there are few if any trees on this layout. As we know, no trees means plenty of exposure to the wind, and the early forecast suggests there will be some pretty testing gusts in force on Thursday and Friday in particular.
And, lest we forget, the pressures of winning a major can reduce a grown man to rubble. Holding your nerve is as important as holding the club correctly this week.
Recent history suggests that finding a ‘sleeper’ winner is going to be difficult: in the past six years, only one champion – Webb Simpson in 2012 – was priced at 50/1 or higher. But there have been other examples, such as Lucas Glover in 2009 and Michael Campbell in 2005, of shock winners, so let’s not give up the ghost just yet.
On that note, here are our sleeper plays for the 2018 US Open:
The U.S. Open Fantasy Sleeper Report
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Sleeper Report Predictions This Season (2017-2018)
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