PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist Rob Bolton lists five against-the-grain fantasy selections to consider for this week's U.S. Open.
Marc Leishman ... Proved at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 Open Championship that he can also execute on a links layout. But if you're going to strut around with the reputation as a force in the wind, it stands to reason that it's only a matter of time before your talent transcends tracks. Currently 42nd on TOUR in adjusted scoring and first in conversion percentage from 10-15 feet, a range that will see an inordinate number of par attempts this week. Also tied for fifth in his last start at Muirfield Village, but his last several weeks have been played amid the immediate relief following his wife's health scare that also forced a priority check. Caring less about the negative at Chambers Bay can only benefit his pursuit of the trophy.
Ben Martin ... He's shown a propensity to play well above average on courses where hitting fairways and greens is at a premium. That record includes a solo fifth at Bay Hill and a T4 at TPC Sawgrass. So, it comes as no surprise that he's 16th on the PGA TOUR ball-striking and T33 in proximity.
Andy Sullivan ... Of those currently outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, only Kevin Kisner (55th) has collected more OWGR points in 2015. Sullivan is 58th on the strength of two early wins in South Africa, but he connected three top 20s upon arrival. That included a T6 at Royal County Down, the links course that hosts the Irish Open, and a T13 at Muirfield Village, where he led the field in putts per greens in regulation. Inside the top 40 on the European Tour in both fairways and greens hit.
Cheng-Tsung Pan ... The University of Washington's all-time wins leader (with eight) wrapped up his amateur career with a solo second in the individual competition at the NCAA DI Championship in Florida. No stranger to the U.S. Open as this is his third appearance (2011, 2013). Medaled at sectional qualifying where he recorded a hole-in-one. Also competed at Chambers Bay in the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
Brad Fritsch ... The Canadian emerged at the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, which looked a lot like a PGA TOUR event. He had status in the big leagues last season and made a spirited run late with three top 15s in a four-start stretch, only to land 151st in the FedExCup standings. He couldn't secure conditional status with the one start provided via a medical extension, but he'd go on to medal at Web.com Tour qualifying school. Sits 77th in earnings on the developmental circuit with which he is familiar. Ranks fifth in greens in regulation, which should serve as a handy source of confidence on the roller coaster of Chambers Bay.