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FantasyDraft PGA: Recommended Plays for the Open Championship

Jul 16, 2019

Rahm’s last three outings on Tour? A first, a second, and a third.

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The PGA tour heads to Northern Ireland for the final major tournament of the year at Royal Portrush golf course. The links-style golf course will play host to its first PGA tour event since the Irish Open in 2012. Many golfers have taken time off to acclimate themselves in Ireland while others were busy playing in the Scottish Open last week. Regardless, this event is loaded with tons of big names.

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Course Preview

Royal Portrush golf course is a par 71, 7,334-yard long links-style track. Scoring this week will be heavily influenced by Mother Nature. It is very difficult to get a reading on rain/wind on links courses, so do your best to pay close attention to weather before your lineups lock. If conditions are optimal, the cream will surely rise to the top, but if conditions deteriorate, it leaves room for “grinders” to make a push.

Key stats

  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Ball Striking
  • Par 5 scoring
  • performance on links-style courses
  • Bogey Avoidance

High Salary Targets

Brooks Koepka – $17, 500
You know the drill. It’s a major, play Brooks Koepka, period. He hasn’t finished worse than second in any major this year and is the big-game hunter you want to pay for. Koepka’s caddy is also extremely familiar with Royal Portrush.

Jon Rahm – $16, 600
There is perhaps no one else as locked in as Jon Rahm is right now. Rahm’s last three outings on Tour? A first, a second, and a third. He won the Irish Open a couple weeks ago and finished third at the US Open in June. The Spaniard is one of the best in the game with his long irons, and that will be essential this week.

Justin Thomas – $15, 500
JT seems to be over his putting woes that have been affecting him recently. He just finished top-10 in the Scottish Open last week with an 18-under performance. Thomas is third in Strokes Gained: Approach, first in Par 5 scoring, and second in birdie or better.

Mid-Range Salary Targets

Webb Simpson – $13, 400
Webb is not long off the tee but is one of the most accurate drivers on Tour. He has elite long irons (20th in Strokes Gained: Approach) and is seventh in the PGA in bogey avoidance. Simpson has turned himself into one of the best putters (22nd in Strokes Gained: Putting).

Tyrell Hatton – $13, 400
The Englishman is your typical “grind it out” golfer who is coming off a top-15 finish at the Scottish Open last week. He is number one in the PGA in proximity >200 yards. This stat is huge this week with several long par 4s. If he can get hot with the putter look for him to compete.

Patrick Reed – $13, 300
This is a nice price for a former Major winner who is trending up. Reed had a fifth-place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a few weeks ago and was quoted saying he is as close as he’s ever been to winning again. A brilliant links player, Reed is 10th overall in Strokes Gained: Around the Green.

Low-end Salary Targets

Kevin Streelman – $11, 200
Streelman is playing some of the best golf of his career this season. With five top-20 performances in 2019, he is ready for what Royal Portrush has in store. He is 21st in Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green, 26th in Strokes Gained: Approach, and 14th in Greens In Regulation.

Jason Kokrak – $11, 200
Eighth in Strokes Gained: Approach, Kokrak has the irons and elite ball-striking off the tee to compete here. He is 22nd in driving distance and should give himself plenty of wedges into Greens this week.

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