PGA DFS Core Plays: U.S. Open

Top-ranked grinder, Notorious, breaks down his favorite daily fantasy golf plays at various salary ranges for the coming week’s golf tournament. Who should you be building around? Find out below.

U.S. Open Preview

Congratulations is in order for Stewart Cink, but we are all here to talk about this U.S. Open. This year the event will be held in upstate New York at Winged Foot Golf Club. If you like watching professional golfers struggle, prepare yourself for four days of carnage. Even if you don’t like difficult events, prepare yourself for four days of carnage. Winged Foot is a Par 70 that stretches nearly 500 yards. There are only two par fives on the course and very few will be able to reach one of them in two shots. Most of the field should be able to reach the 565-yard ninth hole with a drive in the fairway. The course features seven par fours that measure between 450-500 yards, which means a ton of long iron shots into these greens.

The big story heading into the week is the rough. Patrick Reed said this was the most difficult rough he’s ever seen and many on the course are saying that the primary cut is five inches long. In the many videos I’ve already seen on Twitter, golf balls absolutely bury in this rough. It’s worth noting that there is the intermediate cut, the first cut, and then the primary cut. If you miss the fairway by more than a few yards, your best bet is to pitch out to the fairway and try to save par from there. Speaking of the fairways, they are between 19-23 yards wide, which are much narrower than the ones we saw at Olympia Fields a few weeks back. Add in thicker rough and contoured greens and this course is going to be an absolute beast.

About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


  • Dolato

    Thanks for all the work you do Noto! Always look forward to your articles

  • jgallagher80

    hey Noto, quick question on the wind finder. your link brings up New Rochelle, NY which is just west of the city but Maramonakc is on long island. Is this the correct forecast?

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