117th U.S. Open Yahoo! Featuring Ned Brown


Group A should test the mettle and patience of most gamers.

Group B isn’t as deep but has some interesting angles.

El Groupo C es Espanol solamente?

Si or No?


Yahoo! Fantasy Golf




FESJC: 128


Spring Points: 1,457

Spring Rank: 8,406


Winter Points: 1,768

Winter Rank: 2,587


Season Points: 3,225

Season Rank: 3,065


Last Time:

Well, that wasn’t very good again.

I got it all wrong in Group A where Fowler killed me.

I got it all wrong in Group B with Brown and Molinari.

I got it all wrong in Group C where I passed up both Berger and Horschel for the final spot. The chalk took me out back and spanked me.

With barely 200 points from the last two weeks, I’ll need to have the winner and then some to save face at Erin Hills.


This Week:


Remember, Yahoo! is a SCORING GAME ONLY.

Nothing else matters.

Check my preview for more details.

With four par five holes on the card this should make for an interesting week.

With massive fescue and difficult bunkering this should make for an interesting week.

Big boy players win big boy events and both barrels should be emptied this week.


Group A

Starts remaining in parentheses

Rickie Fowler (5): I often joke that some weeks I should just carry over my picks from the previous week. Well, I am at the top. Remember when everyone had Dufner at Colonial and he MC? Yeah, me too…

Jason Day (9): He edges out Adam Scott (for now) as his form is bubbling plus his short game is better. It’s like asking which Miss America is hotter. #FirstWorldProblems.



Adam Scott: If you prefer accurate and seasoned, I’m not stopping you.

Dustin Johnson: I have four starts left on him. There are two more majors, a WGC and four FEC Playoff events to chose from so I’ll let him enjoy fatherhood for a second time. Again, that’s good news and bad news but the last guy to repeat was Curtis Strange.

Rory McIlroy: I don’t need blind faith in this Group of Death. He hasn’t played in a while so that’s the hair I’m splitting.


Group B

Jordan Spieth (4): The last time it was held on a “new” course he won. He also played in the U.S. Amateur similarly to Chambers Bay.

Justin Thomas (5): Plenty of pop, panache and with three wins under his belt, his confidence won’t be lacking. Keep it on the planet and he’ll be in with a shout.

Hideki Matsuyama (3): Because Yahoo! is a scoring game and the greens aren’t crazy.

Justin Rose (5): Some folks will throw in a wild card here as the ball-striking options are strong. Depending on weather, I could shake up the group, so stay tuned.



Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar


Group C

Sergio Garcia (5): Weakest part of his game is finding fairways and that shouldn’t be a problem this week.

Charl Schwartzel (9): The South African has been hot lately and he’s posted five of his last eight U.S. Open rounds at par or better.



I’ve often referred to Group C as the Rummage Sale of fantasy golf as there is something in here for any theory or style.

Jon Rahm was an amateur 365 days ago.

Brooks Koepka fits every trend this week.

Jason Dufner has posted MC-WIN in his last two starts.

Daniel Berger won his last start on Tour.


“Ned says…”


Ned Brown returns to drop his knowledge in Yahoo! as he did here last year. Ned is a legend in the gaming world and has cleaned up in Yahoo while most of you were in diapers! He’ll share his thoughts and picks here when he wants!




FESJC: 122


Spring Points: 1,543

Spring Rank: 1,789


Winter Points: 1,871

Winter Rank: 140


Season Points: 3,414

Season Rank: 108


“Ned says…

Last week was a bit of a disappointment.

I had golfer positioned to do well, but they didn’t come through.

Phil Mickelson was just amazing as he played well enough to win, but would just mentally lose it for a couple of holes during the round.

We’ll have rain this week, which we need, but it doesn’t look at the time that Phil needs to make this year’s tee time.

It will be interesting to see how they handle the wind at Erin Hills.

I’ve been in that area over the years and when it can get very windy.

I was with my daughter one time at Holy Hill and the wind was making an amazing howling sound in the church.

There is a reason the fairways are 60-yards wide.”


Group A

Dustin Johnson (3) — He hurt quite a few teams last time out with a missed cut at the Memorial. He then went up to Erin Hills for a couple of rounds and then back home for some practice and the birth of his second son. Coming off the missed cut and the birth of his son he is tempting to fade but if you are wrong you will be buried in the Yahoo! game.

Jason Day (8) — This is one of the big choices this week. The course seems to be made for Rory McIlroy but he has been missing time due to a rib injury and getting married. He should be totally healed and rested, but he doesn’t have competitive rounds in. Day has missed time but has returned to play with a second place at the Byron Nelson and a T-15 at the Memorial. Day to me is the safer pick, but I won’t be surprised if McIlroy is there on Sunday afternoon.



Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler


Group B

Jordan Spieth (3) — Spieth is one of the players that played this course as an amateur. He was in a mini-slump coming into Colonial, but he snapped back with a T-2 and then had a T-13 a couple of weeks ago at the Memorial. He will be at a disadvantage in the driving department and will have to hope that he is on with his putter.

Justin Thomas (4) — He’s another that played this course as an amateur. Banged out three wins at the CIMB, the TOC and the SONY already this season. He did well with a T-5 at the WGC Mexico and then again last time out with a T-4 at the Memorial. He should be at or near the top of the list of next first-time major winners.

Justin Rose (5) — I was watching an interview with him on the Golf Channel  and he looked fit and talked how he likes the back nine at Erin Hills. I’m assuming the nagging back issue won’t bother him and if I can get the way he played during this year’s Masters, I’ll be pleased.

Francesco Molinari (5) — Molinari has played well most of the season, but he seems to be playing the best coming into this week’s Open with at T-6 at THE PLAYERS, a second place at the BMW PGA Championship and a T-24 last week at the St. Jude.



Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Chappell, Paul Casey


Group C

Jon Rahm (4) — After a great tournament at Colonial, Rahm shocked with a missed cut at the Memorial. With six top 5s on the year including a championship at the Farmers, we’ll just strike a line through the Memorial result and chalk it up to a bad week.

Sergio Garcia (5) — Still the only man that can win the Grand Slam this year. Kidding aside, he has played ok since his Master triumph with his best rest coming last time out with a T-12 at Colonial. His record at US Opens is pretty solid with five top 10s in 17 career starts including a T-5 last year.



Martin Kaymer, Jason Dufner, Brooks Koepka, Alex Noren, Charl Schwartzel



Shoot any questions and follow along at @MikeGlasscott and mikeglasscott.com to stay in tune.


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