Why We’re Loving Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler This Week

The PGA travels to California for the US Open on the North Course at the Los Angeles Country Club. A par 70 from 7,421 yards, the club will host a PGA event for the first time. Looking at the aerial views it looks stellar – undulation, small bentgrass greens, narrow fairways and thick rough. With no run history, I’m counting on the similar all-rounder at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. Here are three players to target in the top 40 or top 30 of the market for the US Open.

Justin Rose

Top 30 -115

Top 20 +140

Top 10 +330

Top 5 +750

To earn +4000

Rose came out with a Top 20 last week and I can see him being in contention again this week. Rose is a solid ball forward with a strong short game. After winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February (where he shot in the ’60s in all four rounds), Rose has six top-25 finishes in his last six starts, including T6 in The Players Championship and 8th last week in Canada. If I’m looking for an all-around player, Rose has won shots from tee to green in seven consecutive tournaments. In addition, bentgrass is by far its best putting surface. In her last bentgrass trials, Rose finished T16 or better.

Ricky Fowler

Top 30 +100

Top 20 +175

Top 10 +400

Top 5 +900

To earn +5000

I’m not getting off the Fowler train. He was a cash cow and made my card bet almost every week. Fowler now has 11 top-20 finishes in 13 tournaments this year. Even in a field as strong as this, Fowler is still in the top 15 in strokes gained from tee to green and strokes gained overall. He enters the week with back-to-back top 10s: T6 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T9 at the Memorial Tournament where he won eight shots from tee to green in both. The underrated part of Fowler’s game is that he’s generally a solid putter and bentgrass is his best surface. Scottie Scheffler produces missing results in the putting category. Fowler is in the same boat, putting neutral instead of winning on the surfaces he usually produces on. If Fowler can improve with his flat stick, his comeback year will continue.

Ryan Fox

Top 40 +130

Top 30 +250

Top 20 +400

Top 10 +1100

Top 5 +3000

To win +15000

Fox gets very good value for a top 40 finish. The New Zealand pro has been in some of the biggest events of the year, finishing T27 at the Players Championship, T26 at the Masters, T23 at the PGA Championship and T30 at Memorial. It was at Muirfield Village Golf Club where Fox lost shots off the tee for the first time this year, staying neutral or winning in all other tournaments. After losing strokes around the green in three consecutive games, Fox has won strokes in four of his last five events. Not only is bentgrass his best surface, but he has won from tee to green in his last five bentgrass events with four consecutive top-30 finishes. Getting more money for a Top 40? No fuss.

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