The 2019 major season comes to a close this week at the 148th Open Championship. The Open will be contested at Royal Portrush – Dunluce Links in Portrush, Northern Ireland. This is the first time since 1951 The Open Championship has been hosted in Ireland when it was at this venue as well.
Royal Portrush hosted the 2012 Irish Open, but the course has gone through some significant renovations since then. Including the removal of the 17th and 18th holes to build a spectator village. The course now concludes on the old 16th hole and holes 7 and 8 are brand new for this championship.
Portrush is a stern test and ball striking will be a premium. So let’s check out our FanDuel golf advice. On with the show!
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These statistics are key to success at Royal Portrush
- Ball Striking (BS)
- Strokes Gained: Around the Green (SGARG)
- Bogey Avoidance (Bog Av)
- Par 4 Scoring Average (Par 4 Sco)
Horses For The Course
I’d like to say McIlroy, Cabrera Bello or someone who had success at the 2012 Irish Open, but with the drastic course renovations in the last two years it’s impossible to carry over those previous performances.
Top Tier Picks
- Brooks Koepka ($12,200) – It’s a high price tag for sure, but Brooks has lost to a total of TWO players in the three majors this year combined. Ranks 3rd in Ball Striking and 2nd in Par 4 Sco. It doesn’t hurt that his caddie, Ricky Elliott grew up on this golf course.
- Jon Rahm ($11,300) – In absolute top form coming into this week. T9 and T3 at The Masters and US Open respectively and coming off win, T2, T3 in his last three starts. Ranks now worse than 29th in three of the four key stats. Has two career wins in Ireland.
- Patrick Cantlay ($10,800) – Way too good of a value at this price to not take a look at. Ranks 1st in both Bogey Avoidance and Par 4 Sco. T9 at The Masters, T3 at The PGA and T21 at the US Open. And of course that win at The Memorial against a studly field.
Other Options: Dustin Johnson ($11,900), Tommy Fleetwood ($10,900), Xander Schauffle ($11,000)
Mid Tier Picks
- Jason Day ($10,400) – Any time a ball striker and putter of this caliber
is under $9k it’s worth a look. Has made 13 of 16 cuts this year, ranks 8th in Ball Striking and 16th in Par 4 Sco. He’s way under the radar right now so probably won’t get a ton of play.
- Hideki Matsuyama ($10,300) – I will ride or die with this guy. The strong field makes him a great value. Ranks 20th or better in all four key stat categories. Five Top 10s this year with two coming in his last four starts. Three Top 20s in six Open Championship starts.
- Henrik Stenson ($10,100) – Comes in off a T4 in Scotland. Having his hottest stretch of the year with a T9-T8-T4 in his last three starts. Former Champion Golfer of the Year and ball striking maestro he should fit well for this golf course.
Other Options: Adam Scott ($10,500), Paul Casey ($9,900) Louis Oosthuizen ($10,200)
Value Tier Picks
- Marc Leishman ($9,700) – Leish has struggled with the putter most of
the year but seems to have found something. Has gained strokes on the green in his last three starts. His Sagarin Ranking of 18 means he beats a lot of people most of the time. Has made five straight Open cuts with three Top 6s in that stretch. The Aussie thrives in the wind, so check the forecast.
- Rafa Cabrera Bello ($9,300) – Known as one of the best links players in the world. Enters the open coming off of three Top 10s, his last too (Scottish and Irish Opens) were on links courses.
- Patrick Reed ($9,600) – Quietly having a solid year. Has made 18 of 20 cuts and ranks 10th in SGARG.
Other Options: Tony Finau ($9,800), Eddie Pepperell ($9,400), Thorbjorn Olesen ($8,900)
These aren’t just value picks, these are guy that could make a run and finish high on the leader board.
- Justin Thomas ($10,700)
- Matt Wallace ($9,700)
- Shane Lowry ($9,800)
- Bernd Wiesberger ($9,600)
- Erik Van Rooyen ($8,600
- Andy Sullivan ($7,900)
The Golf Geek’s Picks
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