Lee Westwood, 40, is regarded by some as the best player without a major title. (Dunn/Getty Images)
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider
A wide-open U.S. Open is nothing new, and its intention remains to identify the best golfer of the week -- no doubt, it will achieve that as usual -- but one-and-doners can focus on a short list.
For whatever reason, multiple followers of mine on Twitter were surprised that Graeme McDowell sits atop the Power Rankings. The consensus was that the 2010 U.S. Open champion, winner of two of his last four starts entering this week, wouldn't be on most radars. Well, if he were available to me, he'd be my selection at Merion. (I exhausted him at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he tied for third.
In fact, I've burned all of my top four. Adam Scott sits fifth and he's still on my board, but I'm saving him for the FedExCup Playoffs. So, I'll go with an old standby at the season's second major, Lee Westwood.
In addition to his run of fortune at the U.S. Open in recent years, the Englishman has performed very well of late. Moreover, ball-striking (and potentially power) will be at a premium and relatively unknown greens could benefit average putters. And while it doesn't influence my strategy, it's worth noting that the U.S. Open is his first as a 40something.
Last week: Scott Stallings; T2; $501,600.00
Overall Record: 22-for-24
Top 5s: 6
Top 10s: 11
Top 25s: 15
Missed Cuts: 2