Rickie Fowler a Leading DFS Value Pick for British Open
Preferred DFS Picks for the British Open
Yardage: 7,402 - Par 71
Purse : $ 10.5M
Field: 156 Players
*Past British Open Champions
Justin Rose ($10,200) Rose fits the bill in every aspect. For starters, he’s a Brit himself, so he’s has a ton of experience playing in British Open conditions. Despite a decorated career, Rose admits that the British Open has gotten away from him up to this point. He’s never finished better than T4 and that came 20 years ago when he was an amateur, but he’s on a mission to change all of that this year. Rose has been based in Britain preparing for this week since the conclusion of the U.S Open last month. He appears to be in fine form as well, finishing T9 in the Scottish Open last week. Anything less than a win this week will be a failure in Rose’s eyes, and I love how that plays out for his DFS implications.
Rickie Fowler ($9,700) He’s only 29, but the pressure to win a major is starting to build up on Fowler. Even if this week isn’t the week, I fully expect him to contend. Fowler has finished in the Top 10 at majors nine times already in his career, including three runner-up finishes, one of which was at the 2014 British Open. Fowler’s game should work very well at Carnoustie. He’s a great scrambler (5th), and an incredible Par 4 player (5th in Par 4 scoring average). Despite this being known as the old-man’s open, Fowler is wise beyond his years and has a ton of experience already with this being his ninth British Open. DailyRoto’s value optimization tool has Fowler ranked as the ninth best value this week and the best value among players in the 9K range.
Paul Casey ($8,700) Out of 156 players in the field, DailyRoto has Paul Casey number one in terms of value this week. The 40-year-old Brit still has what it takes to make a run this week. Casey ranks sixth in Strokes Gained: Approach, eighth in Tee-to-Green, and 13th in scrambling. He’s one of the handful of players in the field who played at the Open at Carnoustie in 2007, finishing a respectable T27 that year. Outside of a missed cut at the RBC Heritage, Casey’s been a solid DFS play every week that he tees it up. Since the beginning of March his tournament finishes are as follows: T12, 1, T15, Cut, T5, T20, T16, T2.
Zach Johnson ($7,200) Johnson has loved the British Open over the course of his career. It makes sense, he’s always been an accuracy/short game player, and that’s exactly what it takes to have success at the British Open. Since 2011 Johnson has finished in the Top 16 in six out of seven Open Championships, with three of those finishes being inside the Top 10, and of course a victory in 2015 at St. Andrews. Johnson is terrific in all of the key stats as well, ranking inside the Top 30 in Strokes Gained: Approach, Tee-to-Green, and scrambling, and 15th in Par 4 scoring. With distance off-the-tee being devalued in this tournament, this is a week when Johnson can realistically contend.
Charley Hoffman ($7,000) Flying under the radar most of the time, Hoffman almost always finds a way onto our TV screens at majors. He’s held the lead many times, usually fading down the stretch. Still, for just 7K Hoffman is worth the low price tag at majors, where he always seems to step up his game. He’s made nine of his last 10 cuts at majors and has finished inside the Top 25 in five of the last six. Hoffman’s form doesn’t raise any questions either, finishing T20 at the U.S Open, T15 at the Travelers, and T19 at the Scottish Open last week.
Emiliano Grillo ($6,800) The only two youngsters I’m taking are my two favorites in Fowler and Grillo. His only missed cut this year was at the U.S Open where Grillo missed the mark by just a single shot. Grillo ranks fifth this week on DailyRoto’s value chart. He looks phenomenal in the stat categories as well. He ranks inside the Top 20 in Par 4 scoring and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, and inside the Top 30 in Strokes Gained: Approach, Tee-to-Green, and Scrambling. His game has no holes in it, he should be well worth the sub 7K price tag.
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Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green
Strokes Gained: Approach
Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee
Par 4 Scoring
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