This week, we head over to England for The Open Championship! This is one of the majors that we really look forward to and except for the time, it is definitely one of our favorites. As a quick reminder before we get started, don’t forget that this tournament is played at a different time zone so make sure that you enter your wagers early enough not to get shut out. Just don’t risk it, enter your plays early and wake up bright and early with your golfer in the lead.
The Open Championship, or British Open, is the oldest major golf championship played by the pro’s. The golfers will be competing for their chance to hoist the Claret Jug, which is one of the most prestigious trophies in golf today. There will be 156 golfers that will start out on Thursday morning and there will be a normal cut of the top 70 and ties after 36 holes of golf. There will not be an MDF cut this week.
The British Open or The Open Championship, is always played on a links style golf course. This year, is no different as they will head out to Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England.
Royal St. George’s GC Course Details
The Open Championship will be played at Royal St. George’s GC. The course plays out as a Par 70 and measures roughly 7,211 yards. This course can play games with the golfers, as there are deep rumpling and undulating terrain that can cause the golf ball to bounce in places it normally wouldn't.
In addition, another defense here at Royal St. George's GC is the dunes and deep bunkers. Both of these factors will become an issue for golfers sometime throughout the week.
The greens here at Royal St. George's GC are very hard to hit, they aren't impossible and those that can figure it out, will find themselves in the top 10 competing for the win on Sunday.
If you are looking for a hole by hole breakdown of the course, the Golf Channel and the Associated Press have put together a really nice breakdown that we recommend you using. You can find that article HERE.
The Open Championship System Attributes
The course attributes for this week are very narrow and I will be looking more towards recent form and how they play on the European Golf Courses. These link style courses tend to favor a certain type of golfer and this one, in particular, relies heavily on those approach shots and ability to recover.
Scrambling is always the first thing you should look for at any golf links course. When golfers miss the greens on a regular undulated course, the ball may end up just slightly off the green but here, missing the green will mean ending up in a bunker or even in fescue grass that is difficult to recover from.
The following are the course attributes for The Open Championship:
- Wedge Play
- Recent Form
- Link Course Experience ***
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Bogey Avoidance
Other things to look for in The Open are stuff such as age of the golfer. As crazy as it sounds, 7 of the last 9 winners of The Open Championship have been 32 years old or older. Another thing to look for is how they do in the majors. In The Open Championship, 7 of the last 8 winners have finished in the Top 20 in one of the years previous majors tournaments. Finally, look for those who have decent success in this tournament the year prior. 14 of the last 15 winners of The Open Championship have finished inside the Top 10 the previous year.
Earl's The Open Championship Golfers
- Brooks Koepka +1800 for 2 units at MyBookie
- Patrick Reed +4000 for 1 unit at MyBookie
- Tony Finau +5050 for 1 unit at Bookmaker
- Scottie Scheffler +5950 for 1 unit at Bookmaker
- Rickie Fowler at +8000 for 1/2 unit at BetOnline
- Robert Macintyre at 8500 for 1/2 unit at BetOnline
Spooky's The Open Championship
- Brooks Koepka +1800
- Scottie Scheffler +5950
- Ian Poulter +9000
- Christian Bezuidenhaut +8000