Golf Channel (NBC Sports Predictor App)
The Golf Channel has an exciting fantasy golf game for 2019.
The format is simple as you pick six head-to-head matchups. Then you pick a winner and winning score.
The winner/winners split this week's top prize of $4,000. Anyone that earns 60 points for the week is also given an entry to the FootJoy $100,000 Championship which is a multi-week elimination-style contest that will take place later in the season.
We will provide our picks for the format below and then provide some notes about why we chose our matchup picks or why we like a certain golfer to win.
Top Weekly Score: 85 pts
Dustin Johnson (-4)
Koepka is going for the three-peat this week at the U.S. Open. I don't think he'll get it but I do think he can edge out Rory who just lapped the field in Canada. It's hard to back that up with another big week.
DJ is the best golfer in the world right now and has a long history of playing well at Pebble Beach. He's the man to beat in my eyes.
Spieth has really struggled off-the-tee this year. He tidies that up at Muirfield Village but I want to see it more than once before I believe it's truly fixed. Day added Steve Williams to the bag this week which should only help him chances.
Mickelson is a mess right now while Woods has just one hiccup, a missed cut at Bethpage when he was playing through illness. Woods has the history at Pebble Beach, lapping the field by 15 shots back in 2000.
Fowler is a Cali guy but has really struggled on poa greens for some reason. Give me Rahm instead who has both of his PGA TOUR stroke-play titles in the state of California.
Thomas looks strong last week in Canada as he continues to shake off the injury rust. The putting rust is still there as he's lost strokes putting in five straight measured events. As for Scott, he still hasn't lost strokes putting in an event since the new rule was implemented allowing him to keep the flagstick in.
Top Weekly Score: 90 pts
Tiger Woods (-7)
I said awhile back that I was going with Tiger each time he teed it up and am not going to stray from that. His win here in 2000 (by 15 shots in wire-to-wire fashion) was the first leg of the Tiger Slam, winning the next three majors by 8 shots, PLAYOFF, and 2 shots, respectively.
Overall, he's won 14 times in his native California, most recently the 2013 Farmers (Torrey Pines), and has also won three World Golf Championships and the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in The Golden State.
The Stanford product has claimed two of his 15 majors in California, the 2008 U.S. Open (Torrey Pines) and the 2000 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach), and also finished T4 at the most recent U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach in 2010, highlighted by a day- and week-tying-low 66 in R3.
In total, he's 16-for-20 at the U.S. Open with 14 top 25s, eight top 10s, seven top 5s and three wins.
The 43-year-old is 7-for-8 on the season with six top 25s and four top 10s, three in his last four events, including a 1-shot win at the Masters three starts ago.
He ranks 1st on TOUR this season in GIR (72.86%), 5th in Proximity from the Fairway, and 9th in Birdie to Bogey Ratio.
Some drawbacks include: he's 43; ranks 203rd in Rough Proximity; and has missed the cut in his last two U.S. Opens (2018, Shinnecock Hills; 2015, Chambers Bay).
Bottom line, if the 81-time TOUR winner keeps it in the fairways this week, he wins. His ever-advancing age and day-to-day health assessments aside, he's still the preeminent iron player and probably the best there ever was.