2019 US Open expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2019 US Open expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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The third major of the year is here, and Pebble Beach Golf Links celebrates its centennial by hosting the 2019 US Open. There are so many players to like this week -- a good 20 could win, and none would be shocking. However, we're trying to nail down the top five players as best possible and hope it lands us well.

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2019 US Open rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Brooks Koepka -- He won the PGA. He finished second at the Masters. He's won the last two at the US Open. Kinda hard to argue with Brooks.

2. Tiger Woods -- There's a weight of sentimentality here, as Woods painted his masterpiece here in 2000 to win by 15. However, Woods looked very solid at Memorial, improving his ballstriking each day. His prep for Pebble is better than for Bethpage.

3. Patrick Cantlay -- Cantlay won Memorial, and his final-round 64 was an absolute clinic. Now, you can put that aside as just one great round, but Cantlay has the result set over the last two years to get to a major title.

4. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy has been disappointing in the majors this year by his standards. However, he looked so good in Canada on a decent Pebble proxy that it's hard not to love him on the Monterey. His length won't be as much of an edge, though, as it might seem.

5. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson is the horse-for-course pick here. He loves Pebble. He melted down here in the final round in 2010. He's been second in both majors this year. But is his coaching change situation a problem?

6. Webb Simpson -- This might be a little shocking to folks, but the data is there. Simpson won a US Open in California. He's been hot for two months, getting back to his career-high form from last year.

7. Xander Schauffele -- Schauffele plays the majors well, particularly the US Open. He did well at the PGA Championship, which was US Open Lite. The downside is he hasn't been especially consistent for a long stretch this majors season, sprinkling in MCs here and there.

8. Jordan Spieth -- As much as I'm reluctant to back Spieth entirely, it's hard to say he isn't improving. His weekend woes aren't fixed, but they're better than they were, and his record on Pebble (albeit in February) is good.

9. Matt Kuchar -- Kuchar has been amazing this season. He had a shot to win again in Canada. He keeps the ball low, which will be good in bad weather. The course isn't long. This could be his major.

10. Justin Rose -- Rose hasn't won a major in six years. His best golf from the prior 24 months appears behind him. Still, it's hard to ignore the world No. 4.

My primary DraftKings lineup

  1. Patrick Cantlay - $10,000
  2. Xander Schauffele - $8,700
  3. Matt Kuchar - $8,500
  4. Webb Simpson - $7,700
  5. Brandt Snedeker - $7,500
  6. Graeme McDowell - $7,300

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