Huge Stakes for The Open
Tiger Woods won his second US Open championship in 2002, and the first ever $1 Million prize was awarded to the winner. It was the second time Tiger ever won $1,000,000 on tour, following his Masters win in 2001. Just as professional golf has grown over the years, fantasy golf is following a similar path. Last April, DraftKings.com awarded the first ever $1,000,000 prize when user BrettMarino won first place in the “Millionaire Maker” tournament. On June 18th, golf fans will have a second shot at becoming a millionaire.
Instead of playing 72 holes, fans can get in on the action by drafting a team of 6 golfers. Each golfer is given a price based on their past performance and a team must be built while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. Your team accumulates points based on their performance each hole, round, and the tournament finish.
Jordan Speith ($12,600) – Chambers Bay could be a good fit for Speith’s game if the conditions are tough, as he has shown the ability to grind out holes and play a precise game. After his dominant run at The Masters, he’s certainly on everyone’s radar. After seeing Speith help user BrettM win $1 Million on DraftKings in April, he will be hard to ignore when building your rosters.
Rory McIlroy ($13,000) – His inconsistent play may discourage others from drafting him here, but the reward is very high for Rory as he has shown he’s capable of dominating a field. He has missed two recent cuts (The Irish Open and and BMW PGA Championship), so proceed with caution here.
Tiger Woods ($8,600) – Tiger recently shot a 13-over 85, his worst round as a professional golfer. Fans will definitely be wary to take him, but that could actually make him a more valuable pick. If he shows flashes of his former self, he will prove to be a great value pick at his salary.
Martin Kaymer ($9,000) – Kaymer is the 2014 defending champion, but this is a new course to the US Open, so don’t read into that too much. His affordable price makes him worth a look so that you can spend more on some of the bigger names while still having someone who has shown the ability to win on the big stage.