146th Royal Birkdale
Par 70 Measures 7,156 yards or 6,543 meters for those across the pond
This will be the 10th time that Royal Birkdale will have hosted The Open Championship, the first coming all the way back in 1954. A man by the name of Peter Thompson won that title with a winner’s purse of 750 pounds, which equates to a little less than 980 dollars now. This weekend’s winner is set to make more than 1.8 million dollars, not too shabby for less than a week’s worth of work (boy did I pick the wrong field). This course sitting just off the coast and being in North-West England, the weather will really dictate how green or red the scores will go, high gusts and sustained winds along with rain can come out of nowhere.
2008 was the last time that Royal Birkdale held The Open Championship and Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug then, don’t count him out again this year. There is some local flare in this tournament and if Tommy Fleetwood can hold up to the pressure of playing on his “home” course (growing up only a few miles or Kilometers away to be more correct, playing this course since before he was in the double digit age bracket) shouldn’t be counted out either. Don’t tell anyone I said last year’s Open Champ Henrik Stenson is my favorite though, shhhhh. But we will let Mr. Tim2Fresh, tell you which players to put in that lineup to fill those pockets with green or pounds or Euros, whatever is they call it across the pond these days.
Inside Glance this week, as it tends to be, goes in a different direction. While researching this tournament and trying to find fresh new things to bring to the audience (the Clock Dodger way)…I came across “The Open Quiz” How well do you know the Rules? https://www.theopen.com/OpenQuiz some of these rules really stumped me, so I would love to see how everyone else does. Tee it up high and let it fly, good luck. You just might win your way to the 147th Open Championship next year.
Hey bro, as always I won the last hole and just teed off. You’re up! Don’t let that laser of a drive scare you off and make sure you hit past the Ladies tee, no one wants to see you with your pants down (If anyone doesn’t know, if you are out with buddies and from the tee box your drive doesn’t make it past the ladies tee. You are supposed to pull your pants down around your ankles and walk to the ball; some take this one step farther and say that you have to pull your “member” out until you get to the ball.) Like I said, no one wants to see that.
Top DFS Players this weekend
Ok wait first of all, it’s hard not lose to someone who makes you drink so much before you even tee off! I Should have known you were going to make me drink, I mean you are 2drinkminimum and that goes for everyone around you! Ok now for this week’s top DFS players. A star studded field we have this week makes this event one not to be missed. If you are one of the best in the world, we will see you this week. Finding value in this field is like taking candy from a baby. The most popular names will be very expensive while some up and coming stars will be very cheap. We must dig deep and find which stars to play and which names to avoid. Lurking deep are a few golfers that will soon be known as household names. Hopefully no one messes up too bad on the tee, cause like big bro said, no one wants to see that crap.
Jordan Spieth Salary – $11,600
After Taking 3 weeks off to prepare for this event, Speith is a must play. He is coming off a playoff hole victory at the travelers and will now be fresh and ready for Royale Birkdale. Speith ranks 121st in driving accuracy and that can be scary with all the fairway bunkers this week. However he now ranks #1 in shots gained off approach and #2 in scoring average. If he can avoid big mistakes off the tee he will be in the final conversation come Sunday.
Rory Mcllroy Salary – $11,000
Despite his recent struggles, Mcllroy is amongst the favorites to win the Open. To prepare for this week, he traveled to play in the Irish Open and the Scottish Open but failed to make the cut in either. So why would he be trending as a favorite? It’s simple, he was looking ahead to this week. Mcllroy has six top 10 finishes since last fall! He may be inconsistent at times but when it counts his game is great. Plus he will be grouped up with Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel. Look for these big 3 to feed off each other and play some great golf into the weekend.
Sergio Garcia Salary – $10,600
As the #5 golfer in the world, Sergio is a stud that rarely misses cuts. If you want to win pocket green in golf, you must consistently make it through the weekend. Without missing a single cut this year, you can rely on Sergio to give you top quality scores without the possibility of being a dud. We can’t say that about Dustin Johnson or Jason Day…Load up Sergio and forget about it.
Down the middle
Tommy Fleetwood Salary – $9,800
Boy this kids a real competitor and he has star potential written all over him. Fleetwood has now finished in the top 10 in his last 4 events, one of them being a first place finish at the HNA Open De France a few weeks ago. The Home town kid has great odds to win this thing and he knows it. If he can keep his nerves in check, he will be able to cash a check…Don’t pass him up this week.
Henrik Stenson Salary – $9,600
Had to listen to the big bro on this one and I couldn’t agree more. Stenson is the Open defending champ and is burning hot right now. He has finished in the top 26 in 5 of his last 6 outings including a top 3 finish at the BMW PGA Championship in late May. Smooth hitter with great ball striking. Must relax on the green and hole some tough putts to shine this weekend.
Rickie Fowler Salary – $9,200
Fowler has finished in the top 10 in 4 of his last 5 outings and certainly has momentum heading to Royale Birkdale. As the #10 golfer In the world, Rickie must continue to be dynamic off the tee and on the green to give himself a chance at his first ever Major. Oh And don’t worry, I’m sure he will be rocking a fresh outfit as usual.
Play it as it lies
Phil Mickelson Salary – $8,700
Lefty always has a chance and that’s why you need to squeeze him in some lineups. He has made every cut this season and after missing the U.S Open to attend his daughter’s graduation, he is poised to give This Open all he has. Phil remains #25 in the world and after splitting ways with his caddy, his brother will be on the bag for the remainder of the season. I wonder if could convince my big bro to caddy for me?
Louis Oosthuizen Salary – $8,300
Louis just screams value at this price. He has 3 straight top 25’s entering The Open including a 2nd place finish at the Players championship in early May. What really stands out about his game is his ranking of 7th in total shots gained. No matter what lie or where he positions himself, he always seems to get up and down. Royale Birkdale will challenge most golfers, but accurate and relentless golfers like Oosthuizen should strive as others fall.
Marc Leishman Salary – $7,800
Another Brawler on the course, Marc ranks 8th on tour in total shots gained. He actually ranks in the top 35 in every category other than shots around the green(because he always lands on the green). He is so accurate and confident in himself, he picks up his tee quite often as soon as he hits knowing that he made a great shot. Well confidence will definitely be needed going up against a star studded field this week. Marc has star potential and we might see it sooner rather than later.
Charl Schwartzel Salary – $7,300
The South African has finished in 6th place or better 3 different times this season. Boom or bust candidate as he has also finished outside of the top 100 3 different times. The kind of value player that can really make or break your lineup and will create salary opportunities for studs. It’s go big or go home these days, so I’m loading up Schwartzel this week.
Padraig Harrington Salary – $7,200
2008 Open Championship winner here at Royal Birkdale. Hard not to consider him after winning the event before, and he has looked quite well as of late. Top 20 finisher in 2 of his last 3 outings was good enough to move him to 134th in the world. Does a lot with his golf swing and tweaking can be scary at Royal Birkdale. If he locks it in however, he could see a realistic flashback of 2008.
Bryson DeChambeau Salary – $6,700
Bryson has really turned it up lately and he is a must play at this price until he proves us wrong. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open(which was his 8th straight missed cut) he has turned his game around. In his last 4 outings, Bryson finished 26th/17th/14th/1st. He won the John Deere classic last week and appears to have figured it all out. He ranks in the lower end in putting for the season, but finished in a tie for 2nd in total putting this past weekend. If he can avoid fairway mistakes and continue putting like this he might fill his pockets and yours!
Kyle Stanley Salary – $6,600
Not too sure how Stanley is this cheap, but I’ll take that each week! Ranking 13th in FedEx Cup standings with 5 top 10 finishes and a win at the quicken loans National a couple weeks ago. Kyle can go win this thing and shouldn’t be considered an underdog. He has won over 3 million on tour this year and is very capable of adding to that this week. Hopefully choosing him will add to your pockets as well.
Brian Harman Salary – $6,600
Probably my favorite player on tour as of late, this lefty can really get it done and he does it with style. Little guy standing at 5’7, but his swing is pure and his professionalism is unmatched. Also extremely smooth on the surface as he ranks 7th amongst all players on tour in shots gained putting. He has 7 top 10’s this season and after this week I expect that number to be 8! Load Harmon up with another value play and if they hit this week you could see some really nice green!
Big Tournament Lineup
Remember the Open Championship is in England so times will vary. All times listed are for Eastern time zones only.
Don’t miss these pairings tee off-
4:47 A.M- Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim
8:04 A.M- Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Zach Johnson
9:48 A.M- Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
10:10 A.M- Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari
Live coverage starts at 1 A.M on the PGA Tour Live App and Golf Central.
Written collaboration: Jason Soukup & Tim Phillips – Fantasy Life app @2drinkminimum & @tim2fresh in Clock Dodgers chat.