Hello Playmakers! PGA DFS Golf is back with the PGA Tour’s 2021 The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club this weekend. DPA Staff Colin Lynch here and excited to bring you my breakdown of this Major event!
The tournament features a 175 player field consisting of PGA Tour and European Tour regulars. These players will tee off against one another starting Thursday 1:35AM EDT at Royal St. George’s GC located in Kent, England. The course will play as a par 70 measuring over 7,200 yards and will feature a mix of Fescue and Bentgrass greens. The Top 70 and tied will make the cut for the weekend after the completion of 36 holes.
Top Tier Targets
Jon Rahm ($11,300)
Rahm is coming off a Top 10 finish at the Scottish Open last week. He’s arguably the best golfer in the world right now and he has no weaknesses in his game. The Spaniard has Top 10 finishes in all three Majors this year, including a win at the U.S. Open, and a Top 5 at the Masters (8th, 1st, 5th). Rahm has quietly posted Top 15 finishes in five straight majors. He’s viable everywhere and the the safest play on the board.
Xander Schauffele ($10,000)
I’m targeting complete golfers that are solid across the board this week. X fits that mold and he is another golfer that has no weaknesses in his game. Xander has quietly posted three straight Top 15 finishes worldwide. He ranks Top 20 in the field in strokes gained approach, and Top 10 in birdie or better percentage and strokes gained putting. Xander can gain strokes in all four facets of his game and he has five Top 5 finishes in his last eight Major starts. Schauffele is a perfect 3/3 in U.S. Opens, highlighted by a 2nd place finish in 2018.
Jordan Spieth ($9,700)
Spieth has been one of the best golfers on tour all year. He has one of the best short games in the world and he hasn’t missed a cut since January. Jordan has made thirteen consecutive cuts on tour, highlighted by six Top 5 finishes, including ten Top 25’s in that span. Spieth has quietly gained strokes off the tee and on approach in eight straight events. He’s won The Open Championship before (2017) and he’s never finished outside the Top 30.
Middle Tier Targets
Patrick Cantlay ($8,900)
Cantlay has been playing some terrific golf lately and he enters The Open Championship coming off four straight Top 25 finishes, including two wins. He’s in solid form and ranks Top 5 in the field (last 50 rounds) in strokes gained tota,l and Top 10 in strokes gained around the green and strokes gained tee to green. Cantlay also ranks Top 15 in the field in strokes gained off the tee and Top 20 in birdie or better percentage. He’s a perfect 2/2 at The Open Championship, highlighted by a Top 15 in 2018.
Patrick Reed ($8,800)
Reed is a links golf/course specliast who seems to always play his best at Major Championships. He has quietly posted Top 25 finishes in three of his last four starts on tour. He posted a Top 10 finish at the Masters (8th) followed by Top 20 finishes at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship (19th, 17th). Reed has one of the best short games in the field and he’s an elite scrambler that ranks Top 25 in the field. Reed has made the cut in three of his last four Open Championship starts, highlighted by two Top 15 finishes.
Matt Fitzpatrick ($7,900)
Fitzy is a well rounder golfer who is known to play his best golf on difficult courses. He’s coming off a 2nd place finish last week at the Scottish Open. He nearly pulled off the win but ultimately lost in a playoff to Min Woo Lee. Fitzpatrick has quietly posted Top 25 finishes in nine of his last thirteen starts worldwide. The Englishman has been playing his best and most consistent golf of his career in 20201. He ranks Top 5 in the field in strokes gained putting and Top 20 in strokes gained off the tee and birdie or better percentage.
Value Tier Targets
Daniel Berger ($7,400)
Berger is my favorite value play on the slate by a long shot. He’s massively underpriced at only $7,400 for a golfer that ranks 16th overall in the Official World Golf rankings. Berger is a complete golfer that ranks Top 15 in the field in strokes gained on approach and Top 10 in bogey avoidance and birdie or better percentage. He has queitly made six straight cuts on tour and he has ten Top 25 finishes in his last fifteen starts. Berger posted a Top 30 finish in his Open Championship debut in 2017.
Harris English ($7,300)
English is coming off his second win of the year at The Travelers Championship. He’s also significantly underpriced for a golfer that is coming off four Top 15 finishes in his last five events (1st, 3rd, 14th, 64th, 13th). English ranks Top 15 in the field in birdie or better percentage and Top 25 in strokes gained putting. English made the cut in his Open Championship debut with a 46th place finish in 2016.
Brooks Koepka ($10,700)
Justin Thomas ($9,600)
Tony Finau ($8,400)
Abraham Ancer ($7,600)
Christian Bezuidenhout ($7,400)
Corey Conners ($7,100)
Brian Harman ($7,100)
Stewart Cink ($6,900)
Charley Hoffman ($6,700)
Sam Burns ($6,300)
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