2018 US Open Picks and Tournament Preview

US Open Shinnecock HillsThe 2nd major of the PGA Tour Season, the US Open (United States Open Championship), is usually the most unpredictable of the 4 majors for fantasy golf players and for bettors. The U.S. Open changes golf courses each year, and has historically been set up to be a tough course to reach par at.

If you enter the Biggest Fantasy Golf Contest online, you will need to do your research, as course history is usually NOT a good fantasy golf strategy to look at for the US Open.

The 2018 US Open Tourney Preview

The 2018 U.S. Open is being played at Shinnecock Hills which has hosted the US Open 4 times previously. It last hosted the US Open in 2004 but since then the course has had some major renos done to it and it is now almost 500 yards longer. Still a par 70 the course is at 7446 yards which will mean players will have to be long and straight to avoid the punishing rough of the U.S. Open setup.

For fantasy golf players expect to have lots of great choices as the best of the best will tee it up at Shinnecock. Obviously the favorites like Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will be in everyone's lineups but you'll need to find some US Open Sleeper Picks to help you make a winning lineup. Check out our Sleepers page to help you find sleeper picks for the US Open and to check out a couple of guys that we suggest you put into some of your fantasy golf lineups.

***Some awesome FREE Fantasy Golf Contests for the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills have been announced. Check out our Free Fantasy Golf Contests page to find all the Free US Open contests***

Dates - June 14 to June 17, 2018

Prize Pool - $12,000,000

First Place - $2,160,000

FedEx Cup Points - 600

Here is a 2018 US Open Preview video:


Where is the 2018 U.S. Open being played?

Name of CourseShinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills 16th HoleWhere is Shinnecock - Southampton, N.Y

Par – 70

Yards – 7445

Slope Rating - 140

Year Built – 1891

Designed By - Willie Davis

Notable Past US Open Champions

Bruce Koepka US Open Champion2017 – Bruce Koepka

2016 – Dustin Johnson

2015 – Jordan Spieth

2014 – Martin Kaymer

4 Time Champions - Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus

3 Time Champions - Tiger Woods, Hale Irwin

2 Time Champions - Retief Goosen, Payne Stewart, Ernie Els, Lee Janzen, Curtis Strange, Andy North, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Carry Middlecoff, Ralph Guldahl, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, John McDermott, Alex Smith

Other US Open Info - Trends, Tidbits

  • Any professional or amateur with an up-to-date men's USGA Handicap Index of 1.4 or less can qualify to play
  • Curtis Strange (1988, 1989) was the last back to back US Open Champion
  • Anyone can play in the tournament through US Open qualifying tournaments
  • US Open field is made up of 156 players
  • Oakmont Country Club has hosted the most championships (9)

2018 US Open Picks Info

We have done a comparison of all the Top Fantasy Golf Sites and we have found that DraftKings is running the BIGGEST Fantasy Golf Contest for the 2018 US Open. FanDuel is running a big fantasy golf contest for the US Open too so you may want to check them both out and decide which one you have the best chance of winning. For just a small entry fee, you could win a gigantic cash prize just for picking fantasy golfers. In terms of fantasy golf, sites like Yahoo Fantasy Golf, PGA Tour fantasy games or the Golf Channel can't offer you the cash prizes that this one does.

Where to get Expert Golf Picks for the 2018 US Open

One of the top websites that offers US Open Expert Golf Picks is GolfStats.com. They offer up expert analysis of the players, the course and the stats and put it all into their DraftKings picks to win or you can use them like we do and pick some of the betting favorites to win. The current US Open Betting odds are up and the earlier you read this, the better the odds are for you to take advantage.

How to use US Open picks to win money

For Betting on Golf – Take the list of players they provide and wager the same amount on each golfer. If one of them wins, you win money!

For Fantasy Golf – Take the provided list of golfers and enter a salary cap lineup with as many of the picks as possible. Even if none of them win, if they all have great tournaments, you will still win money in a fantasy golf game. GolfStats offers their DraftKings Fantasy Golf Picks as well so it's now easier to set a solid lineup with their plays.

Why you need expert picks for the 2018 US Open

Lots of sites offer you their FREE Expert Picks…but someone who has a blog on the side of his day job and watches golf on the weekends IS NOT AN EXPERT!

If you truly are looking for picks that will help you win cash, you need to invest a little to get a lot!

The US Open is a huge golf tournament and with the tough set up of the course, you need someone with good knowledge to help you with picks…not just someone that thinks they know about golf and has a blog about it.