PGA TOUR – #BLSPicks Fantasy One and Done & DraftKings (The Open Championship)

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Updated: July 15, 2015
St. Andrews

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

St. Andrews Links (Old Course), St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Somehow the golden boy managed to get it done again last week at the John Deere Classic. Midway through Sunday’s final round it looked like Jordan Spieth had no chance to win the tournament, then he birdied 4 of the last 6 holes (including a chip in on 16) to get into a playoff with 46-year-old journeyman Tom Gillis. Spieth went on to win on the 2nd playoff hole when Gillis hit his approach shot into the water on the 18th hole. It remains to be seen if staying in America and playing the John Deere instead of going over to Scotland to play the Scottish Open (or even just get practice in at St. Andrews), was the right choice for Spieth in preparation to go after his 3rd straight major championship in 2015. We tend to think that Rickie Fowler (who won the Scottish with a birdie on the last hole) and the rest of the Americans who made the journey across the pond a week early will have a distinct advantage over the players who stayed Stateside to play the Deere. As for Team BLS it was a great week in the Quad Cities as R-O picked up his first win of the 2nd half of the Fantasy season with Spieth and Fox scored a Top-25 with Ryan Moore. The BLS DraftKings squads also found their way back to profitability and look to continue the momentum into the huge Open Championship contest this week at St. Andrews.

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Whose chance to win will be lost in the Road Hole Bunker?

Although Jordan Spieth going for the 3rd leg of the Grand Slam at the home of golf is one of the biggest stories the game has seen in years, it is tempered a bit by the fact that the world’s #1 player and defending champion, Rory McIlroy, will not be in the field to defend his title as he continues to rehabilitate his unfortunate ankle injury. Still there will be boatloads of talented players trying to stop Spieth from becoming only the second golfer to win the first 3 majors of a single season (Ben Hogan did it in 1953). The Open Championship will be contested at St. Andrews for the 29th time and in the recent past it has been the bombers that have seen the most success on The Old Course. John Daly, Tiger Woods twice and Louis Oosthuizen are the last four winners of The Open Championship at St. Andrews and all are (or were considered) some of the longer players in the game. The 7,297 yard par 72 Old Course features 14 par 4s and just 2 par 3s and 2 par 5s. There have been subtile changes to a number of holes since the last time The Open Championship was held at St. Andrews in 2010. Putting on the massive greens at the Old Course will be key to playing well this week as the course ranked highest in putts per round of any course played in 2010. Getting the speed of the greens right and consistent lag putting will be key to avoiding 3 putts to keep a good round going. The players who compete in the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (with 2 rounds played on the Old Course) should have an advantage with regard to course knowledge. As always with The Open, weather will play a key role in determining who comes out on top. Often times an entire side of the draw is wiped out by high winds and bad weather that the other side of the draw steers clear of. In the current forecast it looks like the bad weather and heavy winds will arrive on Friday afternoon and continue through Saturday. Sunday looks like the only day that the players will see fairly nice weather (if that’s even possible in Scotland). Regardless of McIlroy’s absence, the stakes couldn’t be much higher for the 3rd major of the 2015 season. Will Jordan Spieth get it done? We think it will be a Herculean task, but we wouldn’t put it past him. Here are our picks for The Open Championship. Enjoy it golf fans!

 

FleetwoodR-O‘s Pick — Tommy Fleetwood – (38-1)

My strategy of taking Jordan Spieth last week worked to perfection. It’s a miracle! Not only did Spieth get the win, but as I expected only one other person in the fantasy pool took Jordan last week as most either had already used him or are saving him for one of the final two majors of the year. Spieth was more than lucky to win the John Deere Classic (holing out on 17 on Saturday on a wedge shot he thought was terrible off the club) and even I was rooting for Tom Gillis to beat Mr. Goody Two Shoes and earn his first PGA Tour win a couple of days before his 47 birthday. Speaking of Mr. Goody Two Shoes, it seems more and more that Spieth is making decisions based on what will make him look good in the public eye, much like Tim Tebow. Playing the John Deere Classic was a huge mistake in my opinion. I seriously doubt that Spieth will ever have the chance to go for the Grand Slam again and to honor The John Deere with his presence, where he won his first Tour event, instead of going over to Scotland a week early to get acclimated to the conditions and the time change seems foolish. The players who played the Scottish Open already hold a big advantage over Spieth in my opinion. I can’t get on Spieth too much as he did find the winner’s circle for me, but I just think going across the pond early would have given him a better chance to win this week. I thought long and hard about my pick at St. Andrews this week. Everyone seems to agree that a late tee time on Thursday and an early Friday tee time will be the right side of the draw with nasty 40 mph winds forecast on Friday afternoon. I like Rickie Fowler’s momentum and the confidence he is playing with, but he will be picked by 10+ people in the fantasy pool, so I’ll pass on him but definitely put some money on him to win the tournament. I also will be putting money on Dustin Johnson, who I think will bounce back from the disappointment at Chambers Bay. My fantasy pick this week is the 24-year-old Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood’s stellar play in 2015 has moved him up to the #47 ranked golfer in the world. Fleetwood currently sits in 11th place on the European Tour’s Race To Dubai standings and finished in a tie for 5th at the Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco in May. He has also had a T-11th and a T-10th in his last two starts, with the latter being at the Scottish Open last week. Best of all, Fleetwood has been lights out at St. Andrews during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship over the last 2 years. In 2013 he was 21 under-par and finished fifth and last year he closed with a final round 62 and ended as the runner-up at the home of golf. I look for Fleetwood to continue his great play in Scotland and have a chance on the back nine on Sunday. Be sure to check twitter for all my win bets.

 

OOStyFOX‘s Pick – Louis Oosthuizen – (20-1)

The Open Championship always seems to bring a handful of relative no-namers out of the wood work. Pot-bunkers, inclement weather and a whole slew of variables come in to play that rarely seem to factor on U.S. soil. The story lines are vast, highlighted by Jordan Speith’s quest for yet another Major this year. I said I loved him last week and he won. This week, not so much. Many other American notables have been knocking on the Major Championship doorstep this season, but I don’t like any of them as much as I like Louis “Mind the Gap” Oosthuizen. He won at St. Andrews in 2010, the last time The Open was played there. Most recently, the South African took a T-2nd at Chambers Bay all while battling a minor injury. If there is a swing shape that best suits St. Andrews, it is Louis.’ He’s a model of consistency and while competing on a course where you have to land within 10 feet of the target to get it close to the hole; it is consistency that will separate the men from the boys. I love the pick and I think he’ll be there all the way to the end.

 

Last Week Review:

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois

Jordan Spieth

R-O’s Pick —  Jordan Spieth – (3-1)

Finish: Won ($846,000)

Fantasy Season Standing: 22nd

 

MooreFOX’s Pick — Ryan Moore – (25-1)

Finish: T-24th ($40,068)

Fantasy Season Standing: 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DraftKings Review: JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

We got back to our winning ways at the John Deere Classic. Sure we didn’t play much money, but our picks were pretty solid and we take that momentum into the big contest this week,where we hope to win the $1,000,000 first prize.

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