This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.
Below are our rankings for the 2019 U.S. Open, which begins June 13 at famed Pebble Beach. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues and DFS as well, no matter the nuances.
There are some interesting dynamics that factor into our rankings. First, the tournament will be held at a course that doubles as a regular Tour stop. So, we have plenty of course knowledge and history. But the track will be far more penal than it is at the annual event held in February. Should we consider AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am history, and how much? Adding another layer on that, only two of the four Pro-Am rounds are played at Pebble, while the other two are on neighboring tracks. On top of that, the fields are generally very weak. And at the Pro-Am, the rounds are six-hour slogs with amateurs. At 7,075 yards, Pebble is far shorter than the typical U.S. Open course. Do we eliminate prior U.S. Open performance, because those tracks are behemoths? What about looking back at 2010, the last time this event was held at Pebble Beach, when short-hitting Graeme McDowell won? Nine years is a lifetime in golf technology. And how about performance in majors in general? We will consider all of those factors, as they are all relevant to some degree.
As of this writing, 150 of the 156 spots are taken. It seems certain that Andrew Putnam and