U.S. OpenJune 16, 2015

Here's who we're picking to win the 2015 U.S. Open

It's time once again for the GolfDigest.com major championship fantasy draft. This time, a collection of editors ~~take their best guesses ~~make their expert picks for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. It's a four-round snake draft with a total of 24 players being selected. Here's the draft order:

  1. Alex Myers

  2. Ryan Herrington

  3. Keely Levins

  4. John Strege

  5. Sam Weinman

  6. Steve Hennessey

OK, here we go!

Pick 1: Rory McIlroy

I'll keep it simple with the first pick in the draft and take the No. 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy. - Alex Myers

Pick 2: Jordan Spieth

Let me go with Jordan Spieth and hope the Grand Slam dream stays alive through July. - Ryan Herrington

Pick 3: Rickie Fowler

I'm taking Rickie Fowler to finish off the trifecta. - Keely Levins

Related: The 11 people with the most at stake at Chambers Bay

Pick 4: Dustin Johnson

I'll go with Dustin Johnson, just because. - John Strege

Pick 5: Phil Mickelson

Wait, so Tiger's still available? Kidding! I'm going with Phil because when we're all disappointed that he again doesn't win, I'll at least have a financial reason. - Sam Weinman

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Picks 6 and 7: Justin Rose, Bubba Watson

Justin Rose checks off a ton of boxes you look for in a pick at Chambers Bay. He's got the form, the type of creativity needed to make these shots and the mental toughness. I'll come back around and take Bubba. He's already making crazy-long putts there. If he has a good driving week, he has the potential to win in big fashion. - Steve Hennessey

Pick 8: Patrick Reed

I guess I'll go with my guy Patrick Reed since people are saying a good short game will mean a lot this week, and this guy has mad short-game skills. - SW

Pick 9: Jason Day

I like Jason Day's short game, too, as well as his long game. He's going to win one of these sooner or later. Why not now? - JS

Pick 10: Matt Kuchar

I'll take Kuchar. He has a way of being steady with the putter. - KL

Pick 11: Brooks Koepka

Might be a little bit of a flyer early, but I'm taking Brooke Koepka. Stick with the young guys who could break out any minute theme. - RH

Picks 12 and 13: Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk

I'll shift to a couple of older guys who have been poised to win various majors in recent years, but have come up short. Henrik Stenson (How does he not have a major yet?) and Jim Furyk (How does he still only have one major?). - AM

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Pick 14: Graeme McDowell

Horses for courses. . . Links golf + US Open = Graeme McDowell! - RH

Pick 15: Martin Kaymer

I want Martin Kaymer. When he gets hot, he's almost impossible to stop -- and he's due for a good tournament. Also, he's paired with Rory, so I think the two of them could end up bringing up each other's play, get a little momentum going. - KL

Pick 16: Hideki Matsuyama

I can't believe Hideki Matsuyama is still on the board. I'm all in on him. - JS

Pick 17: Ryan Moore

I'm going with Ryan Moore, because he's from Washington. Which means nothing, of course, but still. - SW

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Picks 18 and 19: Billy Horschel, Jamie Donaldson

Man, these are all solid picks. Can't even smack-talk anybody. I'll wrap up the draft with Billy Horschel and Jamie Donaldson. Horschel's the type of shotmaker and competitor who could excel at Chambers. And we saw how good Donaldson's short game can be at the last Ryder Cup. - SH

Pick 20: Louis Oosthuizen

I'll go with Louis Oosthuizen — wait, no one took him yet, did they? -- because be honest, will you at all be surprised to see him in contention? - SW

Pick 21: Jimmy Walker

I'll take Jimmy Walker, one of three multiple-time winners on tour this season. - JS

Pick 22: Kevin Streelman

If he were in the field. But since he's not, Matt Every. He won't let the course rattle him. - KL

Pick 23: Lee Westwood

I am contractually obligated for one more major to pick Lee Westwood. - RH

Pick 24: Sergio Garcia

Same here for Sergio Garcia. One of these days, right? . . . Right? - AM


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