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2024 U.S. Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
2024 U.S. Open: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Scottie Scheffler's incredible season continued with his win at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday -- his fifth victory this season.

Now, the focus shifts to Pinehurst, North Carolina, for golf's third major -- the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here's all you need to know for PGA DFS on FanDuel for the 2024 U.S. Open.

PGA Daily Fantasy

U.S. Open Info

  • Recent Winning Scores: -10, -6, -6, -6, -13
  • Recent Cut Lines: +2, +3, +4, +6, +2

Pinehurst No. 2 Course Info

All course data from GCSAA unless otherwise noted.

  • Par: 70
  • Distance: 7,543 yards (long)
  • Average Fairway Width: 35-45 yards
  • Average Green Size: 6,500 square feet
  • Green Type: Bermudagrass
  • Stimpmeter: N/A

Pinehurst No. 2 Key Stats

2024 U.S. Open DFS Top Plays

These picks stand out relative to their FanDuel daily fantasy golf salary. All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds unless otherwise noted. All betting odds come from the golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

2024 U.S. Open Daily Fantasy Studs

Scottie Scheffler ($13,500 | +300)

At $13,500 Scottie Scheffler's salary is $1,400 above the next closest golfer, Rory McIlroy ($12,100). As has been the case for a while now, Scheffler's current form more than justifies that gap. Coming off his win at the Memorial, Scheffler now has five wins, two T2s, and a T8 in his last eight starts. During that stretch, he has only lost strokes in a category once when posting -0.12 strokes gained: around the green last week at an exceptionally difficult Murfield Village Golf Club. His putting woes are firmly behind him; he has only lost strokes with the flat stick once in his last 11 matches, and hasn't lost strokes gained: putting since switching to a mallet-style putter at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

This week, Scheffler is first in the field in strokes gained: approach, strokes gained: tee to green, and total strokes gained. On total strokes gained per round, his margin over Xander Schauffele in second is 0.62 strokes, and his margin over everyone else is at least 1.21 strokes. While Pinehurst's greens average 6,500 square feet, their turtleback design should make them play much smaller. Elite approach play is going to be crucial for generating birdie chances, and that's where Scheffler shines brightest. Last week at the Memorial, he recorded a mindboggling 3.59 strokes gained: approach.

Outside of the Masters, Scheffler's best major has been the U.S. Open. In his last three starts he finished T7, T2, and solo 3rd. He has a large edge on win odds, is the best golfer in the field by a wide margin on total strokes gained, and is in the middle of a historic run of form that compares favorably to some of the best to ever do it.

At the moment, it's Scheffler's world, and we're all just living in it.

Collin Morikawa ($11,300 | +1400)

Collin Morikawa has finished T4 or better in each of his last three events with five top 10s, including four top 5s, in his six events since the Masters. Morikawa displayed everything needed to tackle Pinehurst this week in his second place finish at the Memorial Tournament last week. He gained at least a stroke per round putting, on approach, and off the tee, finishing with +4.28 total strokes gained -- his highest mark in an event since his win at The Open in 2021 (+4.48).

Morikawa has the sixth-highest salary this week but the fourth-best win odds. He is closer on win odds to the Schauffele/McIlroy tier (+1100) than to Bryson DeChambeau (+1800) and Viktor Hovland (+2000) -- who both have higher salaries. Looking at strokes gained averages per season, Morikawa is having the best year of his professional career in putting (+0.17), around the greens (+0.47), and off the tee (+0.67). The one area he has struggled has been approach play (+0.59), and all of those struggles came early in the season. Morikawa has averaged over 1.0 strokes gained: approach in every season of his career except 2022 (+0.87).

His approach play has started to return to form, amassing +0.91 (PGA Championship), +1.08 (Charles Schwab Challenge), +1.62 (the Memorial Tournament) strokes gained in recent tournaments. Even with a poor approach play average, Morikawa's total strokes gained this season sits at +1.91 -- just behind his career-best mark from 2023 (+1.92).

With his recently improved approach play, it is fair to say Morikawa enters Pinehurst playing some of the -- if not the -- best golf of his career.

Others to Consider:

  • Rory McIlroy ($12,100 | +1100)
  • Xander Schauffele ($12,000 | +1100)
  • Ludvig Åberg ($10,800 | +2200)
  • Justin Thomas ($10,100 | +4500)

2024 U.S. Open Daily Fantasy Mid-Range Plays

Tony Finau ($9,900 | +6500)

Tony Finau is coming off a T8 finish at the Memorial last week. It was his fourth top 20 finish in his last five events but just his third top 10 this season. For much of 2024, Finau's struggles with the flat stick have held him back; his -0.31 strokes gained: putting per round is the worst mark of his career. While putting has never been a strength of his Finau's game, his play this year is well below his usual and it has started to trend in the right direction since his T55 at the Masters. His +0.62 strokes gained: putting at the Memorial last weekend was his best performance with the flat stick this season and his best since his win the Mexico Open in 2023 (+1.04).

While there will be no hiding putting struggles at Pinehurst this week, the course should help with Finau's other area of concern: accuracy off the tee. Finau is 109th in the field in driving accuracy and 22nd in driving distance. At 7,543 yards, Pinehurst is long for a Par 70 -- longer than any other Par 70 on datagolf's course table by 125 yards. Pinehurst's "native sandscape" rough is unique, and the patches of wiregrass produce a high degree of variance for drives that miss the fairway. While most shots that land in the rough are lie dependent, the lack of thick, consistent rough -- as seen at Murfield Village last week for example -- can lead to less punishment for errant tee shots. Per datagolf's course fit tool, driving accuracy is the only attribute that is less correlated with total strokes gained at Pinehurst than at an average PGA Tour Course.

Regardless of if a drive lands in the fairway or not, approach play will be crucial this week. That is an area where Finau excels. He is 7th in the field in strokes gained: approach and 11th in strokes gained: tee to green. On approach shots from over 200 yards, Finau is in the 96th percentile in both strokes gained per shot and proximity this season. The putting is a legitimate concern, but if he can maintain the form he found last week, the rest of Finau's game sets up well for Pinehurst No 2.

Sahith Theegala ($9,400 | +6000)

Sahith Theegala bounced back nicely after his missed cut at the RBC Canadian Open with a T12 finish at the Memorial last week. It was strange tournament for Theegala, who finished inside the top 15 in every strokes gained category except putting. Theegala has now lost strokes with the flat stick in back-to-back events for the first time since March of 2023. He is 17th in the field in strokes gained putting, and it has been a real strength of his game since he turned pro (+0.48 strokes per round in 2023 and +0.56 in 2024).

Theegala is 11th in the field in total strokes gained, but he has the 29th-highest salary. He is 23rd in strokes gained: approach and 17th in strokes gained: off the tee. Like Finau, he is more long (33rd) than accurate (62nd) but was excellent at both last week. His +1.18 strokes gained: off the tee at Murfield was his second-best mark of 2024. Crucially, Theegala also had a good week around the greens (+0.54) at a difficult course. Theegala's play around the greens let him down at both majors this year, but prior to that it had been a strength with positive strokes gained: around the green in five consecutive majors.

All in all, Thegala's salary is simply too low for his potential at Pinehurst. Over his last five events, he has a missed cut and a T52 alongside excellent performances at huge events, including a 2nd (RBC Heritage) and a pair of T12s (PGA Championship and the Memorial Tournament).

Others to Consider:

  • Sam Burns ($9,800 | +7500)
  • Russell Henley ($9,200 | +9000)
  • Keegan Bradley ($9,000 | +9000)

2024 U.S. Open Daily Fantasy Value Plays

Sepp Straka ($8,700 | +8000)

Sepp Straka's excellent form continued last week with a T5 finish at the Memorial Tournament. He has now finished T5 in his last two events and has four top 10s in his last five events with three of those coming against stacked fields at signature events. Over the last three months, Straka is 16th in the field in total strokes gained.

Straka lacks distance (101st in the field) but makes up for it with exceptional accuracy (4th). Despite his lack of distance, he performed well at Muirfield Village and Quail Hollow recently -- two long courses. His approach play is a huge reason why; Straka is 22nd in the field in strokes gained: approach and has gained at least 1.0 strokes on approach per round in five of his last six events. From 150-200 yards this season, he is in the 97th percentile in proximity and 98th percentile in strokes gained per shot. He is coming off an excellent week putting (+0.75 strokes gained per round) and around the greens (+0.96 strokes gained per round).

Straka has struggled at the U.S. Open in his with two missed cuts (2023 and 2022) and a T28 (2019) in three appearances, but he has several good finishes at majors over the last year and a half, including a T7 (2023 PGA Championship), a T2 (2023 The Open), and a T16 (2024 Masters).

Christiaan Bezuidenhout ($8,200 | +12000)

Over the last three months, Christiaan Bezuidenhout is 12th in the field in strokes gained: putting and 11th in strokes gained: around the green and total strokes gained. In 19 starts this season, he has 11 top 20s, including 4 top-five finishes. In nine events since THE PLAYERS Championship, he has six top-20 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the Memorial Tournament last week.

Bezuidenhout has always been solid around and on the greens with strokes gained in both categories every year since 2018, but this season, he's taken a step forward thanks to a drastic improvement in approach play. He is averaging a career-best +0.62 strokes gained: approach per round and also setting career-best marks in strokes gained: off the tee (-0.04 strokes per round). He is 31st in the field in strokes gained: approach, and while he has cooled off since an exceptional start to the season, he has two excellent performances in his past four events: +1.03 strokes gained on approach at the Memorial Tournament and +1.01 strokes gained at the Wells Fargo Championship.

At an exceedingly difficult Muirfield Village last week, Bezuidenhout was one of two golfers to finish the event ranked inside the top 20 in every strokes gained category. The other was Collin Morikawa.

Others to Consider:

  • Byeong Hun An ($8,900 | +9000)
  • Alex Noren ($8,800 | +12000)
  • Billy Horschel ($8,100 | +17000)

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