I zeroed in on two thoroughbreds. Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Full disclosure, I don't have Jordan Spieth available, but I wouldn't have played him anyway.
Picking between Day and McIlroy is a virtual coin flip, but there are a few key differences as it relates to a OAD.
I'm picking McIlroy, and here's why.
- If his driver is on, and I get that's an "if", he can eliminate 95% of the field off the tee. It's how he won the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and how he won the PGA Championship at Kiawah.
- Oakmont is not all that different, in some respects, to both of those venues.
- His high ball-flight should play well.
- With a chance of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, I like Rory's AM/PM draw better than Day's PM/AM. It's a small thing, but it could protect Rory from a starting/stopping routine on Thursday that Day could face.
Typically, I would rather play McIlroy in a scenario where he was coming off a win and playing the next week. I still feel his form is good enough, so I'm not going to sweat it.
Let's go, Rory!