Daily Fantasy Golf Helper for the British Open
By now, you've probably dabbled in daily fantasy sports, but if not, don't worry. Now is a great time to start, especially with FanDuel now offering a revamped version of PGA golf.
Golf can be one of the most exciting DFS sports to follow, as tournaments span four days and allow ample time to prepare each week, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of building a lineup on FanDuel, the scoring setup, and advanced stats to know about the PGA.
But whether you're brand new to the PGA or daily fantasy sports in general, we have you covered.
Let's take a look at some golfers to target for the Open Championship.
Stats to Target
|Key Stats for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale GC|
|Strokes Gained: Around the Green|
|Strokes Gained: Approach the Green|
|Par 4 Scoring|
For more information on why we're prioritizing these stats, check out this week's course primer.
Best of the Best
Jordan Spieth (FanDuel: $10,100 | bet365 Odds: 14/1) - Spieth is priced in an interesting spot at $10,000. Dustin Johnson is at $10,400, and Jon Rahm is $10,000. Per bet365, DJ is 14/1 to win the Open -- same as Spieth -- and Rahm is 16/1. According to FantasyNational, Spieth is seventh in the field in his past 24 rounds in strokes gained: approach among players in the field. There's no guarantee that Spieth hits fairways, but if the wind isn't problematic, he has the profile to dominate.
Sergio Garcia ($9,400 | 18/1) - Garcia's odds have shortened from 20/1 as of Friday to 18/1, but his FanDuel price is locked in. He's got great event form (14th in 2010, then 9th, cut, 21st, 2nd, 6th, and 5th). He played Birkdale in 2008 but finished 51st. He's 30th in driving accuracy on the tour this season and has the experience to adjust to the course and changing weather.
Rickie Fowler ($9,600 | 16/1) - Fowler has three top 15s at the Open since 2010 with just one missed cut. He's 32nd in driving accuracy on tour and 8th in strokes gained: approach. He's also 12th in fairways gained and 16th in strokes gained: approach in his past 24 rounds, per FantasyNational, so it's not just early-season performance that he's relying on for those marks. The typically popular Fowler, who tied for ninth at the Scottish Open last week, could have his ownership dissolved by so many names at the top.
Henrik Stenson ($8,700 | 25/1) - Stenson won this event last year by a big margin, primarily because of advantageous weather, but after some struggles earlier in the season, he looks to have figured things out just in time to try to repeat at the Open. He's ninth in strokes gained: approach and first in fairways gained in his past 24 rounds, and he's fifth on the European Tour in driving accuracy. Even if you're wary of the win last year, know that Stenson has made eight straight cuts at the Open with four top-three finishes.
Adam Scott ($8,600 | 28/1) - Scott was 16th at the 2008 Open at Birkdale and 27th the year before it. He missed the cut in 2009 and then went 27th, 25th, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 43rd. He plays well at this event. Scott sits 19th in strokes gained: approach in his past 24 rounds and 15th on the full season. His missed cut at the U.S. Open could lower ownership, but he had two top-10s in the three tournaments before that. He has blowup potential with his inaccuracy off the tee, but he has immense upside, as well.
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,100 | 22/1) - Fleetwood won the French Open a few weeks back and has seen his betting odds shorten from 25/1 to 22/1 over the weekend. He's a much pricier $9,800 on DraftKings than he is on FanDuel. That should drive up his ownership for those who cross compare. And while there are reasons to worry about the ownership, know that he's seventh on the European Tour in driving accuracy.
Phil Mickelson ($7,600 | 40/1) - There's some old-man value to be had at this event, given the expected difficulty and conditions, and that points us to Mickelson. Also pointing us there are four top-25s in his past six events and his course form since 2011: 2nd, cut, 1st, 23rd, 20th, 2nd. He's tops in the field in strokes gained: approach in his past 24 rounds but isn't a guarantee to hit these narrow fairways. He's 178th on the tour in driving accuracy and has the 13th-highest apex off the tee on tour, so keep that in mind if you're afraid of the winds.
Matt Kuchar ($7,500 | 50/1) - Kuchar's odds sit at 50/1 after being 66/1 on Friday afternoon. Kuchar has found some form at the Open in the past after being cut in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. He was 9th in 2012 and 15th in 2013 before sitting 54th, 58th, and 46th in the past three years. But Kuchar was 9th at the Byron Nelson, 12th at the DEAN & DELUCA, 4th at the Memorial, 16th at the U.S. Open, and 9th at the Scottish Open. He's gained the 11th-most fairways among players in the field in his past 24 rounds and is someone to target for safety.
Branden Grace ($7,500 | 50/1) - Grace is low off the tee (199th in apex height among the 202 qualified players on tour) and made the cut at the Open for five straight seasons. His full-season stats don't look stellar (137th on tour in driving accuracy and 85th in strokes gained: approach), but things are a bit better lately. He's an interesting leverage play with Mickelson and Kuchar so close to him in FanDuel salary.
Francesco Molinari ($6,900 | 100/1) - Accuracy. That's actually Francesco Molinari's middle name (don't look that up). He's third on the PGA Tour in accuracy off the tee and second in strokes gained: approach. In his past 24 rounds, he's sixth in fairways gained and second in strokes gained: approach. He's also made the cut at the Open in five straight years, including a 9th-place finish in 2013 and a 15th-place finish in 2014.
Bernd Wiesberger ($6,500 | 110/1) - Wiesberger's odds were 125/1 as of Friday, so he's drawing some interest. At this price on FanDuel, he should draw our interest, as well. He's actually just 27th in the field in strokes gained: approach in his past 24 rounds but would be 3rd on the tour for the full season if he qualified. He'd also be second in driving accuracy if qualified and is still fourth in fairways gained among players in the field in his past 24 rounds.
Ian Poulter ($6,200 | 75/1) - Poulter tied for ninth at the Scottish Open and ranks third in strokes gained: approach on the PGA Tour in his past 24 rounds. From 2007 to 2015, he has missed four cuts at the Open but also has a 2nd (2008 at Birkdale), a 9th (2012), and a 3rd (2013). There are plenty of reasons to like him this week, but it's mainly the price.
Kyle Stanley ($5,900 | 160/1) - Stanley's stats are still boosted from the early-season on the PGA Tour, but he's 2nd in fairways gained and 18th in strokes gained: approach in his past 24 rounds. The Quicken Loans winner still checks the stat boxes for us this week at the Open and looks underpriced given his form.
Webb Simpson ($5,600 | 140/1) - Simpson is 34th on the tour in driving accuracy and 21st in strokes gained: approach. He's also 11th in strokes gained: around the green and has a low ball flight, making him a prime candidate if you're trying to minimize the weather impact this week. He's got five top-25s in his past eight events, too.
Padraig Harrington ($5,600 | 60/1) - Harrington's odds and salary discrepancy clearly make him a target for us this week. He tied for fourth at the Scottish Open this past weekend and is second in strokes gained: around the green in his past 24 rounds on the PGA Tour. Play around the green could go overlooked, but if it's windy, making up strokes there could prove the most vital of all.