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The Open Championship – Royal Troon (2016)
No golf tournament throughout the year can match the storied history associated with the Open Championship which has taken place since 1860 on some of the game’s most remarkable courses worldwide. Even the greatest golfers in history have crumbled under the remarkable pressure of trying to earn the coveted Claret Jug and only those chosen by destiny prevail and earn their place in golf history. One note of importance, be careful with course history since the Open Championship has not been played at Royal Troon since 2004. There are few players among us equal to the challenge of Royal Troon Golf club but below are some golfers who have hot and cold course history and recent form coming into the event.
Hot Course History:
Adam Scott ($10,600) – Adam Scott hands down has the best tournament history in the field and it’s really not even close. Scott has made cuts at eleven of his last twelve Open Championships and hasn’t finished outside the top ten in four years nor the top thirty in six years. At a decent price and what should be decently low ownership Adam Scott makes a great GPP play.
Zach Johnson ($8,100) – Does being the defending champion qualify as having hot course history? In a nutshell probably not, but Zach Johnson makes a case either way having made five straight cuts and three top ten finishes in his last four Open Championships. For Zach Johnson, being the defending champion is only a footnote on his resume for hot course history.
Cold Course History:
Bubba Watson ($8,000) – I hope Bubba has developed a short memory because with a 107th and 89th place finish the last two years Bubba certainly qualifies as cold. Having made only three cuts in seven tries at this event, Bubba has seriously underperformed at this major each year.
Rickie Fowler ($9,900) – While I won’t call it ‘course history’ Rickie’s recent history in majors has been ice cold. For nearly two straight years we have consistently seen Rickie underperform in major championships time and time again. Until I see Rickie find his magic in a big event like The Open Championship he is a fade for me.
Hot Recent Form:
Dustin Johnson ($12,000) – If you didn’t see this one coming than save your buy-ins because you probably need the money to get out of the cave you’ve been living in. Coming off back-to-back winning performances and four straight top five finishes, Johnson certainly qualifies for hot recent form. Oh I almost forgot to mention, it’s been over a year since DJ has missed a cut and he now sits second in the world golf rankings for the first time ever.
Sergio Garcia ($10,000) – Sergio Garcia is in very rare form having won on the PGA tour only three events back. Since then, Garcia has finished top five twice in a row. Say what you will about Sergio’s closing ability, he has definitely been paying off his price in a consistent way without question.
Cold Recent Form:
Danny Willett ($9,200) – Despite being the recent masters champion Willett is more recently coming off back-to-back missed cuts on the euro tour which is not something that can be commonly said about Danny Willett. Tread carefully as he should be somewhat popular with his recent green jacket acquisition and he hasn’t been in top form.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,300) – Matsuyama despite having once been one of the most popular golfers in the DFS community is coming off a rare stretch of poor play with two missed cuts in his last three performances and a forty-second finish in the WGC-Bridgestone (a no cut event). While his recent form is not great, be careful as it’s a small sample size and a couple of months ago Hideki was rattling off top ten finishes like it was going out of style.
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