Darren Clarke will hit the opening tee shot to the years final major in less than 20 minutes. It’s all quiet on the news front this morning and it appears the weather could be less of an issue than it looked as of yesterday. Winds and rain are probable today, but for the most part, the weather should be nothing less of a typical Open Championship. Good luck this week. ResultsDB will be up and running within 15 minutes of roster lock. Make sure to check out how your lineups stack up against the field.
At this point in the season last year Tony Finau was very much the darling of DFS golf. With top ten or better finishes in 3 out of the 4 major championships, Finau set the bar very high for big events in the future. After a top-five finish at this year’s Masters Finau let his supporters down with a T64 at The PGA and a missed cut at The U.S. Open. Ranked inside the top 20 in both The Offical Golf Rankings and this year’s FedEx Cup standings Finau is still very much a player of talent in the world of golf. Currently projected at a low ownership number Finau is a talent worth taking an overweight stand on in big field GPP’s. In addition to having the talent needed to pay off his salary on finish position alone, Finau has historically been a golfer that can crush DraftKings scoring in light of a top-end showing.
Kevin Roth’s weather report is up in the main forum for the year’s final major. As always we can expect the weather to be a factor in this golf tournament. Early week conditions have changed and golfers woke up to different wind direction and bit of rain on Wednesday. Golfers will face rain and windy conditions for the first two days of play. For now, it looks like Thursday will be the worse of the two days in terms of weather. For DFS purposes we like to try and nail down a tee time edge in terms of weather. With every golfer in the field teeing off the first tee it will be almost impossible to avoid the rain and or the wind over the first two days of golf. Roth gives a slight bump to guys that play either super early or very late on Thursday. Seaside links golf courses are always subject to weather, and often that weather can change very quickly. In terms of roster builds there is a ton of merit to stacking different tee time blocks( 1 to 3 hour windows) in MME, but for cash, the forecast is not significant enough to favor one part of the day over the other. As always in windy conditinos, you can give a slight bump to golfers who tend to perform well in the wind. I typically like to target players with either experience in the wind and or those golfers who are excellent ball strikers. I will keep an eye on the weather up until lock with updates provided as needed.
Jordan Spieth’s last win was two years ago this week. Spieth held off Matt Kuchar down the stretch to win the 2017 British Open. Mired in almost a two-year slump many in the DFS world have sworn off Spieth until further notice. For those willing to take a chance on Spieth there is a strong case to made for buying a one time top player in the world at both a discount in price and ownership. Currently projected at less than 5% ownership, Spieth is one of the few players in this field with multiple major championships under his belt. While the negative’s in his game has been covered over and over during this prolonged slump there are few things to look at in terms of possible reasons to add Spieth to your roster builds this week. The greens at Royal Portrush are drawing early week comparisons to courses like Augusta. Steep false fronts will require players to think their way around this historic venue. Spieth always seems to play his best golf at Augusta, so if he can avoid trouble off the tee and make it to the green then he should feel at home on Royal Portrush putting surfaces. Hitting fairways this week could be easier for Spieth and his erratic off the tee game as it appears players can hit less than driver and still have a chance to compete. The volatility in his game makes this multiple major champion a GPP only type play, but as he has proven over and over in his career Spieth can compete and win with the best in the game.
Currently, in the 26th position in this year’s FedEx Cup race, Webb Simpson is quietly putting together another solid PGA Tour season. Since the start of the 2017 season, Simpson has been one of the more consistent golfers on tour. With 38 top 25 or better finishes in his last 69 starts on tour, Simpson is the type of player you can roster with a ton of confidence week in and week out. Priced-down in this very strong field Simpson stands out as one of the better points per dollar plays in our projection model for the week. Simpson’s excellent play is not just limited to regular tour events. In his last 14 starts in major championships, Simpson has 7 top 15 or better showings. Looking to add a second major championship to his resume Simpson is a value play worth paying attention too for the years last major championship.
One of the great underlying stories behind Gary Woodland’s victory at Pebble Beach was the joy that his triumph brought to a family that had suffered a great loss. Gary and his wife Gabby lost one of their two twins in a miscarriage almost a year and a half ago. Their son Jaxson survived both the miscarriage and premature birth. The Woodland’s are expecting twins yet again, and Gabby is expected to give birth in the next two weeks. The newest member to the major champion club almost did not make it to Royal Portrush as he seriously considered staying home with his wife. Woodland is ready to play this week as his wife Gabby urged him to make the trip over. The Woodland’s are pretty confident that the twins will not come this week, but it’s worth noting that Gary will have more than golf on his mind as he settles into the year’s final major.
Zach Johnson is on a very short list of players to have won both The Masters and The British Open. Coming off what many would consider a very disappointing finish at last week’s John Deere Classic, Johnson could fly under the radar the year’s final major. Priced-down due to an overall disappointing season, Johnson has a major resume worth taking note of as you build rosters for the week. After missing the cut at his first three Open appearances, Johnson has made 12 straight cuts in golf’s oldest championship. In addition to his win at St. Andrews during the 2015 season, Johnson has six top 25 or better finishes at The Open Championship. While his game may lack the flash that many in the DFS community look for when picking golfers for a major championship it’s worth noting that Johnson has only missed one cut in the last 14 majors. During that period Johnson has managed to finish inside the top 25 or better six times. Johnson is used to making the long trip over to play in this event after The John Deere and is once again in a spot to provide value as he prepares to take on the year’s final major.
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