Recapping a Wild Open Championship and Previewing the RBC Canadian Open
With the typical weather conditions at the Open Championship, few daily fantasy golf players figured to see the same scoring as they did at the John Deere. For the most part, that was true, but the golf gods shined upon Carnoustie for the third round, with pleasant conditions all day allowing multiple players to shoot up the leaderboard.
Sunday, however, was the opposite, with most of the field scrambling to avoid disaster. But in the end, it was Francesco Molinari continuing his scorching stretch of play and capturing his first major championship of his career. Despite the winds causing scores to spike all over, Molinari played a bogey free final round. The Italian veteran has now finished first, second, and first in his last three tournaments.
Riding the Waves of Links Golf
While the top tier favorites had varied results over the four days of the British, Dustin Johnson just couldn’t get anything going at Carnoustie, as he unceremoniously missed the cut. it was that group just below the favorites that provided the most punch in FanDuel and DraftKings four day lineups. Molinari, Tiger Woods, and Matt Kuchar all cracked the top ten and put up 80 plus points on FanDuel. This past weekend proved to be Tiger’s official notice to the young guns that he isn’t done. You have to wonder if those like Jordan Spieth, growing up idolizing Tiger, may have felt a little tight yesterday knowing one of the most clutch golfers in history was lurking.
A few dark horses gave DFS lineups a boost this week. Tony Finau was a popular pick for that third to fourth roster spot, and his 76.5 points on FanDuel was impactful. A true surprise was Eddie Pepperell and his sixth place finish. He was barely owned on either daily fantasy site, but those who took a chance on the young Brit likely found themselves battling it out for the top spot in their contests.
Competitive Field Set for the RBC Canadian Open
Although it was a grueling four days in Scotland, there are still some big names headed to Ontario for the next stop on the PGA tour. The early favorite is Johnson, who will look to make up for a disappointing run at the British. Tommy Fleetwood, who doesn’t spend much time on this side of the Atlantic, has the game to start making a name for himself outside of the European Tour.
But aside from the favorites, there are a number of affordable options that could anchor a solid lineup this weekend. The two-time defending champion Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t done much for DFS lineups this season, but this course obviously plays to his strengths. At $7500 on DraftKings, he could be the key piece to the puzzle. Adam Hadwin is a native of Canada, and his ability to make cuts makes him a great value. Charley Hoffman has had good luck at Glen Abbey, and could provide significant boost to your lineup for a reasonable price.
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