5 Under Par – Daily Fantasy Golf – The Open Championship

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We haven’t had golf for a couple of weeks now due to the terrible flooding in West Virginia. The flooding caused the Greenbriar to be canceled and has devastated areas in this region. Please keep the people of this region in your thoughts and prayers. We will have golf this week as we jump into the 3rd Major of the year, the British Open or more properly termed The Open Championship. DraftKing’s has a 3 Million Fantasy Golf Millionaire Daily Fantasy Golf Contest for the The Open Championship this week, $33 entry can win you a million dollars if you take first place. Make sure that you check the tournaments out in their lobby and get in.

Just like the other Major events on Tour The Open Championship is played at a different course each year. Golfer’s will tee it up at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. The course is a Par 71 and plays at about 7,190 feet. The Open has been played at Royal Troon 9 times over its history. An interesting tidbit is that the modern Troon Champions have been American’s.  To make the 5 Under picks this week I used the following metrics: Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, Strokes Gained: Putting, Greens in Regulation, Driving Accuracy, Birdie Average and Scrambling. Strokes Gained: Tee to Green is the best metric to use at The Open Championship as we are looking for an all around golfer this week.

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Just like every Open Championship we will see some wind and rain, . This article and my picks are being brought to you by Tour Golf Revolution, the site that let’s you “Reinvent League Golf.”

 

AP Photo - Darron Cummings

AP Photo – Darron Cummings

1. Dustin Johnson – I refuse to take the hottest golfer in the World off the top of this list. I have picked him right 2 times in a row, who is to say it won’t be a 3rd time. Hop on the DJ train while you still can because I think he has finally figured this major thing out.

2. Jordan Spieth – Keeping with the American theme (as you will see down the line.) Spieth had a win in his sights at the Open Championship last year, but ended T-4. He finished the Bridgestone strong and should be well rested. Just like Zach Johnson below, Spieth is extremely consistent with his irons and can putt. He has the ability to use the detrimental weather to his advantage and can grind his way to a top finish.

3. Zach Johnson - ZJ is the defending champion and a guy who usually does very well in The Open. Zach posted top 10s at Oakmont and the Bridgestone. Just like his younger counterpart, Spieth, ZJ can put his way to victory!

4. Phil Mickelson – The last time The Open was played at the Royal Troon, Phil put up a 3rd place finish. He loves Scotland and has been very successful playing these types of courses in the past. He won The Open in 2013 and would love to add another trophy to the case.

5. Jason Day – Day is arguably the best golfer in the world (DJ is in my book). However, he imploded a little at the Bridgestone. He has historically played well in The Open and just like a couple of guys above can putt the ball lights out.

Other Notables*

Par – Rickie Fowler

Bogey – Adam Scott

Double Bogey – Patrick Reed

* I usually use the last 5 years of course/tournament data in my research

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