Nearly 180,000 entries competed in the U.S. Open Fantasy Golf Millionaire contest at DraftKings over the weekend, and amazingly it was one entry that ran away with the $1 million top prize.
DraftKings player "mmcconn" constructed a lineup with each of the top six finishers in the tournament, including eventual champion Dustin Johnson, to finish with a score of 468.5. Jim Furyk (T2), Shane Lowry (T2), Scott Piercy (T2), Sergio Garcia (T5) and Branden Grace (T5) made up the rest of the roster. The lineup would have been perfect had it included Kevin Na, who finished 7th in the tournament but scored 1.5 more fantasy points than both Garcia and Grace.
"mmcconn" only had five entries in the $20 contest, besting dozens of fantasy players who had the maximum of 200. Here's a look at the winning lineup:
Runner-up "DrewDowns" scored 449.5 points to earn $200,000, while third-place finisher "Evilempire2626" collected $100,000. Both players benefited from a late Jason Day eagle to climb the leaderboard, but still fell well short of the winning score.
This year's U.S. Open Millionaire contest attracted a total of 178,949 entries and paid out $3.5 million in prizes.
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The PGA Tour heads to Congressional Country Club in Maryland for the Quicken Loans National this week. Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed, both of whom missed the cut at Oakmont, will headline the field. Stay tuned for our complete preview of the tournament to help you build your DraftKings lineups!