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PGA DFS & Fantasy Golf Preview for the U.S. Open 2022

Jason Rouslin



It’s major time! It has been a packed schedule from late May through the middle of June, with two majors and a few other big tournaments in a short window. This is the third major championship of the year and has the best golfers in the world heading to the Boston area to play the 122nd U.S. Open. The tour heads back to New England for the first time since 1988, and this time the USGA selects The Country Club as its host once again. The club has been no stranger to hosting big events, with 14 in its history, including three previous U.S. Opens and the 1999 Ryder Cup. The most recent event was in 2013, the U.S. Amateur, won by Matt Fitzpatrick. In this article, we’ll preview the course hole by hole, with expected approach yardages, a player preview with recent major championship history and a preview of the massive US Open 2022 PGA DFS slate.

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PGA DFS Preview | The U.S. Open 2022

Course: The Country Club

Par 70, 7,264 yards

Hole Dispersion

  • Four par 3’s: 190, 197, 131, 186
  • 12 par 4’s: 450, 451, 432, 378, 447, 486, 436, 432, 436, 499
  • Two par 5’s: 534, 620

Hole by Hole Walkthrough & Expected Approach Yardages

  1. Par 4, 488 Yards: A longer par 4 with trouble to the left in the form of out of bounds. In the 1999 Ryder Cup, this hole was played as a medium-length iron approach shot, but with the added distance over the last 20-plus years, this hole should be a scoring chance right out of the gate.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  2. Par 3, 215 Yards: An elevated green will make this second hole play longer than the stated distance. It’s a small green, especially for this distance, and it is heavily guarded by bunkers.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  3. Par 4, 499 Yards: A challenging par 4 that has a difficult uphill approach. Any shot that goes long of the small elevated green could be in big trouble with a water hazard looming long.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  4. Par 4, 493 Yards: The beginning of the “new rooting” used for this year’s U.S. Open — the new No. 4 hole is the old No. 5. There’s native area for those that carry through the fairway, so most golfers will likely hit something less than driver off the tee here.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  5. Par 4, 310 Yards: One of the best scoring chances on the course and first for those starting on hole 1, as this will be played as a drivable par 4 all week. Several bunkers guard this smaller green, but expect quite a few eagle putts.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 250+
  6. Par 3, 200 Yards: A small, narrow green that has a few contours and is guarded by a few bunkers and native area long.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  7. Par 4, 378 Yards: A shorter par 4 that has trouble on the left side of the fairway but should present another scoring opportunity.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 100-125
  8. Par 5, 560: Played as hole 14 in the 1999 Ryder Cup and 1988 U.S. Open; this hole is reachable in two by most players in the field. With trouble left off the tee and a green guarded by huge bunkers and native area long left, it should provide a range of scores in a rather scorable stretch of the golf course.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 225-250 or 250+
  9. Par 4, 436 Yards: Played as hole 13 for the 1999 Ryder Cup and 1988 U.S. Open, a downhill par 4 with water looming right off the tee. It creeps in hard around 300 yards and will likely force players to lay back on their tee shot. The hazard will still gobble up plenty of errant drives to the right.
  10. Par 4, 498 Yards: Another change from the two previous tournaments held here, as this hole was played as the par-5 ninth hole. Now it is a long par 4 that’ll turn one of the easiest holes in those events into one of the toughest. A dense New England forest abuts the entire left side, making the tee shot vital. The green is set up on a plateau and is surrounded by heavy rough and bunkers. Four will be a great score here all week. There will be plenty of opening bogeys for those golfers starting their round on this hole over the first few days.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 200-225
  11. Par 3, 120 Yards: A new signature hole for the course, as it hasn’t been used in competition for quite some time. The elevated tee will mess with yardages to a green that sits on a plateau and has multiple ridges with bunkers surrounding it.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 100-125 Yards
  12. Par 4, 473 Yards: After a solid scorable stretch from the fourth hole through the eighth hole, the course toughens up in a hurry, starting with the ninth hole that has the hazard coming into play off the tee, followed by the difficult 10th and three straight 440-yard-plus par 4’s with trouble lurking all around.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 150-175
  13. Par 4, 440 Yards: Shortened for this event, as there are already enough 490-yard par 4’s. The 13th should play as one of the more scoreable holes on the backside.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 200-225
  14. Par 5, 619 Yards: Played as a par 4 around 450 yards for the two previous events here but has been converted into a long par 5.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 250+ or 50-75 yards
  15. Par 4, 510 Yards: One of the largest greens on the course, the hole will play as the longest par 4 on the back nine.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 200-225
  16. Par 3, 180 Yards: The easiest par 3 of all of them this week, as the green complex isn’t that difficult and the only real trouble is way long of the green.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 175-200
  17. Par 4, 370 Yards: While the front side features a few par 4’s that measure under 400 yards, the 17th will be the only one on the back nine to do so. Golfers must take advantage of the dogleg left, and if they do, they should have under 100 yards in for their approach shot.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 75-100
  18. Par 4, 450 Yards: The signature closing hole at The Country Club has a hugely elevated green with very deep bunkers.
    • Expected Approach Yardage: 150-175

Expected Approach Yardage Tally:

  • 50-75: 1
  • 75-100: 2
  • 100-125: 2
  • 125-150: 0
  • 150-175: 3
  • 175-200: 5
  • 200-225: 3
  • 225-250: 1
  • 250+: 2

Lastly, here’s the flyover thread posted to the @usopengolf Twitter account

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Grass Types

  • Grass Type: Poa
  • Average Green Size: 5,000 sq. feet.
  • Water Hazards: 7
  • Bunkers: 88

Statistical Averages for 2021 U.S. Open (Torrey Pines)

  • Driving Accuracy: 70.2%
  • Average Driving Distance: 286.6
  • Greens In Regulation: 61.4%
  • Most Frequent Range of Approach Shots: 175-200


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PGA DFS Golf Rankings, Stats & Predicted Scoring

There is a fantastic mixture of scoreable holes — by these predictions, there are five that will play to par or under par and 13 that are playing well over par this week. Long par 4’s, only two par 5’s and the variable par-3 11th (120 yards) will provide all the thrills and spills one would want from a major championship.

The U.S. Open 2022 PGA DFS Player Preview

The best of the best are here, no matter which tour they play for. At the moment, all those that were qualified for the event are permitted to play this week and will provide one of the strongest fields of the year.

Recent Major Championship Performance

Four golfers in the field of 156 have competed in at least four of the nine majors since the 2019 PGA Championship and have made the cut in all their starts: Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Hoge. Rahm has also shown the most upside, with five top-10s over these nine events, tying both Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler at that number. There are a few golfers that have earned a top-10 in each of the first two majors this year: Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris and Rory McIlroy. Cameron Smith, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Talor Gooch are the only other ones in the field to have come in the top 20 in each of the first two majors this year.

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now four years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of two boys, James & Myles. A dog and more specifically Lab lover (Bella), he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, at Disney World, on a hike, or somewhere in between. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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