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Preview of Pick ‘Em: US Open

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If the US Open goes even a fraction of the way the PGA Championship went, you can’t give up, no matter when you think you don’t have a chance. Remember, this was the week the PGA TOUR Pick ‘Em Live Champion caught Justin Thomas at +30,000 to win midway through the Finals. Tournaments in which the top of the rankings are more likely to return to the field are best for this type of pick.

Additionally, just like the last major tournament, PGA TOUR Pick ‘Em Live has increased the prize slots four times more than the norm. All of the top 20 artists in the Country Club will cash in. First place will pocket $2,000. Refer to the top of your desktop interface and/or mobile app for dispatch.

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As for the desktop, if yours defaults to the Valspar Championship, click on the profile page until it loads. (You will go through a series of new pop-ups until this is the case.) Then click LOGOUT. This should reset your interface to reflect the US Open opening roster, and while odd, you won’t log out. Of course, as we saw earlier, if your page does not reset, log out for real and log back in.

With deep fields, there’s a long chance for many of your favorites, so go get yours!

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TOURNAMENT

TO WIN

GlassXander Schauele (+2200)

No time for funny business this week! We learned that the majors continue to ship BIG BOY WINNERS so I’ll leave my daydreaming at +10000+ for other events.

Schauffele’s record at this event is fantastic as he is T7 or better in all five starts of his career over the past five years. I happen there are guys with better form, winning shares or whatever. He played on classic tracks, coastal tracks and a “new” track. Basics covered.

I place it based on five years of growth and scar tissue. He won’t be surprised, shocked or shaken on Sunday afternoon as his demeanor matches the depth of his sack. He is ready.

RobBrooks Koepka (+4000)

As much as I’d like and as easy as it’s been over the years, I can’t argue with Glass, but Koepka is training to have been Win-Win-2nd-T4 at the US Open since 2017. But we don’t need to pin her receipts on the bulletin board. He’s a major and he’s a warrior at the top. The house throws we a bone to this rebound.

TOP 10

GlassMax Homa (+380)

My luck at the weekend window has been mixed, so I’ll focus on players who may not (hopefully) need adjustment as the weekend progresses.

I absolutely hate his record in the majors overall (11 events, 4 cuts made). I play the come here because he cashed his last three and T13 in Southern Hills was the best of the bunch. Its reputation on the RECENTLY difficult trails is more than fantastic.

RobPatrick Roseau (+775)

Results may vary, because while I can get into this window regularly and Brendon Todd delivered it at +1100 at Colonial, I probably need to lower my expectations to get into the final round. For now, I can still open with a scope.

It’s one of those happy accidents we hope to encounter along the way. His form has been uninspiring for most of 2022, but he still picked himself up for a T7 in tough conditions at Colonial just three weeks ago. That’s what patience and one of the best short games can do.

I’m also obsessed with his record in every major. He’s proven time and time again that he wants the lights on. The harder the test, the better it performs, the more we benefit from it. At the US Open alone, he has a solo fourth-place finish among five top 20s.

TOP 20

RobVictor Perez (+700)

It seems that the interface opens this window regularly and earlier for R2, so I open with an aggressive gesture at the Frenchman. It’s one of my Sleepers.

The game is for a guy who has enough experience in the bigger events not to be overwhelmed with experience. He’s also coming in strong and while there may be fewer Tom Brady fans in the neighborhoods surrounding the Country Club, Perez remains among the TB12 faithful. However, he will have to start with a bang to keep my loyalty. The inconsistency of having the ability to change this bet during tournaments is more influential than hoping it will recover from, say, a T70 sit after one round.

GlassBrian Harman (+425)

Has cashed in his last four US Opens, including monsters Erin Hills (T2), Shinnecock Hills, Winged Foot and Torrey Pines. Should be relieved he’s getting “only” 7,264 yards this week. Balanced in the bag, his excellent short game can leave him hanging.

ROUND 1

CHIEF

GlassJon Rahm (+2500)

I’ll hitch my cart to one of the first 3 balls out front knowing I can rearrange MOST of the day.

Clearly stated that he is playing PGATOUR for competition and legacy, he will be looking to join Brooks Koepka and Curtis Strange in the recent record books if he wins again this week. An excellent start will not harm his chances and would put the peloton on guard.

RobRory McIlroy (+1400)

That’s where Glass can get me every time. McIlroy leaves number 10 at 7:40 a.m. ET and is rightly marked with the shortest odds. However, by the time I get up on Thursday morning, it will have completed its round, so I have to leave my potential to pivot entirely to the afternoon wave.

Among the longer shots I looked at Denny McCarthy (+12500), Sebastián Muñoz (+8000) and Russell Henley (+6600). McCarthy has done his best work lately in the early rounds, Muñoz opened The RSM Classic and AT&T Byron Nelson with 60, and Henley was the FRL at the US Open in 2018 and 2021. All depart before 8:00 a.m.

NOTE: Although Glass and Rob generally stick to their selections, as shown in Pick ‘Em Preview, they have the right to make changes at any time.

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