DFS Golf: UpNorth’s PGA Preview – The Open Championship

It’s the last major of the year, the Open Championship at Royal Portrush! 

My name is Josh Thomas, and I am a PGA and NFL Coach here at DFS Army! Welcome to the 2019 PGA Season! We here at DFS Army have got you covered this year for DFS golf with my weekly preview out on Sunday Nights, Chalk Donkey article breaking down the ownership projections, where to pivot, and GPP strategy out Tuesday Nights, and our Research Station that is full of more information Gthan you could ever need!

What a win for Dylan Frittelli at the John Deere Classic, finally breaking through, and getting into the Open Championship to boot. Chalk Donkey pivots like Russell Henley, Daniel Berger, and Bud Cauley all finished inside the top 35 with Henley making a crazy run on Sunday and finishing 2nd. Overall a really fun week and now it’s time for the last major of the year, the Open Championship at Royal Portrush!

PGA Preview Video:

New this week, I’m adding a video breakdown of the course, field, and my betting picks! Check it out!

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Course Overview:

  • Designer: Old Tom Morris/Harry S. Colt
  • Course Record: 61 Rory McIlroy
  • Dunescape covered in thick rough or marram grass
  • Top 70 and ties. No MDF.
  • Course can play dramatically different not just from day to day but Morning to Afternoon depending on the wind

Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Course which is hosting the Open Championship is one of the most beautiful settings for a golf tournament ever contested. Right next to the Atlantic Ocean, the winds have whipped up the sand dunes to create a very difficult, but mesmerizing setting for a golf tournament. This course hosted the Open Championship in 1951 and since hasn’t hosted much other than a few British Amateurs and the 2012 Irish Open. The course will play much different from 2012 though as it has been lengthened a few bunkers added and two holes completely chopped off and two added from the nearby Valley course.

The wind won’t be the only issue though, as the rough and marram grass will be thicker than players are. used to at an Open Championship. The fairways are fairly thin and players will have to be accurate off the tee to avoid the rough and the well-placed fairway bunkers. Many players will have to lay up with a shorter club depending on the wind on each hole. Almost all of the par 4’s are a dogleg either left or right and provide a bit of risk/reward depending on the club selection.

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The greens are also going to pose a problem for players, not necessarily in that they are going to be hard to read (though they are very undulating) but in that they will require a precise shot to hold them. Players are already talking about how springy they are and with most of them being elevated the runoffs and collection areas will get plenty of use this week.

Overall, this is a very stern test of golf but there are birdies out there. Accuracy off the tee, excellent approach game, and an ability to scramble and get up and down from around the green will be the three keys to a winner this week.

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Key Stats: 

Key Stats to look for this week –  SG: Approach L25,  Par 5 Scoring, Driving Accuracy,  SG: Around the Green L25, and Projected Course Score.

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Beat the Bookie Betting Card:

In this section, I usually provide my betting card for the week but I’ve included it in the video above so be sure to check it out to see who I’m on this week!

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Final Thoughts: 

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, wake up, grab a cup of coffee and catch the last half of the first wave over breakfast. We will have content for you all through the week at DFS Army. Our research station and domination station optimizer will be updated on Tuesday and I will have my full Chalk Donkey article breaking down all the ownership and GPP strategy for our VIP’s on Wednesday afternoon!

Remember, this is the last major of the year so while we preach contest selection and bankroll management, don’t be afraid to go a little crazy!

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