Re-Cap From Last Week.
As most of you would know, last week I was at the Ryder Cup with The Tour Junkies and Moose from Fantasy National. And what a week that was, especially being a European myself. When I first met these guys 2 years ago and started getting into writing for Tour Junkies it was myself that experienced the hurt of losing after travelling all that way. However big things came for me afterwards and with the way these two massive contributors to DFS content and the community, you can expect this upcoming new season to be even bigger and better.
Hopefully it wont be another 2 year reunion at the next Ryder Cup before we all meet up again but just in case it is I am already looking in to flights, accommodation, golf etc. Not only for Whistling Straights but also Marco Simone, 4 years down the line in Italy.. (Big ideas being thrown around for this one.. Maybe a DFS community Ryder Cup, pre Real Ryder Cup)
Anyway enough talking massively down the line and regressing back to the events that unfolded last week.. Y’all watched it, we all know the result, the magic moments before, during and after so rather than me be the millionth opinion on how it was won and lost, what should of, could of, would of happened lets get straight into the action coming up on the European Tour… Think your gonna love seeing what’s scheduled here and over the next run of weeks as we draw towards the conclusion of our season here.
P.S. You don’t want to miss next weeks British Masters write up.. It’s gonna be a big one and I can promise you I will have some incredible insight… Not only have I played and competed on this course myself numerous times, a good friend of mine is part of the professional team at Walton Heath and as to be expected I will I be there throughout this years tournament including the practice days.
But more important than all of those, last year I was extremely fortunate to play behind the great man himself the day he was scouting the course as a potential venue to host the British Masters.
More to be revealed about that day in Next weeks write up so don’t miss it and make sure others know to catch this one as well.
Next up – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Personally I love this event, its great to see something a little different but without losing its ultra competitive nature. This week in Scotland we have a stela field gathering on 3 of the finest courses in the vicinity of one of and possibly the most iconic venues in the world, St. Andrews.
Not only do we have a monster field of 167 players competing but we have incredible talent spread right across the field. Gonna be a tough one narrowing down the picks and I’ll probably regret not adding a few to the list.
There will be two events running side by side with all players partnered with an amateur.
The real test behind this event is being adaptable, as players will rotate between all 3 courses before returning back to the old course on Sunday, that is providing they make the cut through merit of their own score or an accumulation of theirs and their playing amateur partner.
St Andrews Old Course
The Old Course will feature twice and host the final days play. Steeped in grandure, glory and history this iconic venue doesn’t need me to introduce it.
Nicknamed ‘Car-Nasty’ this beast of a links course in the wrong conditions can destroy players hopes, easily considered to be the tougher of the 3 and a level par score here is by no means a disaster especially if your players take advantage of the rare birdie opportunities on their trip around this track.
Players will be hoping conditions suit to be able to take advantage of this course, much easier than the other 2 and often coughs up very low scores. Although easier still not a complete push over. Players will be required to drive well, avoid the bunkering and hole putts to stay ahead or not lose ground.
What’s Different this Week
* 3 courses in play (Carnoustie, KingsBarns and St. Andrews Old Course x2)
* Pro-Am Event with 2 competitions running side by side.
* Cut after round 3 (60 players and ties plus top 20 Pro-Am Teams)
* Huge field of 167 players including Brooks, Finau, Kuch, Fleetwood and last years b2b winner Hatton, plus many more.
Key Stats and Strategy
Absolutely anything could happen after all this is pure links there gonna be playing and spread across 3 courses for the first 3 days.
Trying to pin down what day you want your players to be playing what course is near on to impossible and needless to say unpredictable. Wind direction can change at a moments notice turning bogey holes into birdie holes and equally birdie holes into bogey holes. Having said that I might consider pivoting players based on what day their playing Carnoustie, that course with strong winds hurting the ball can be brutal and end up leaving your players with an uphill struggle to make the cut or with little chance of winning.
That being said the current forecast does lean towards the toughest day being Thursday and with it gradually becoming calmer as the week progresses. (My preferred rotation is Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews.) This for me presents both the best opportunity for scoring and for damage limitation. There is also the upside of back to back rounds on St Andrews providing they make the cut and a potential that some may of already forgotten that Carnoustie isn’t playing anywhere near as tough as it has previously and instead of sticking with the stronger players in the filed not playing Carnoustie on Saturday will be attracted elsewhere and drive down that ownership somewhat.
Tournament History and Course History (100% a Thing)
Course Fit and Previous Links History
Ball Flight Control and Ball Striking
Hot Putter and Impeccable Short Game
Tommy Fleetwood – $11,400. (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Tyrell Hatton – $10,500. (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
$9,000 – $10,000
Shane Lowry – $9,900 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Eddie Pepperell – $9,600 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Brandon Grace – $9,400 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Chris Wood – $9,100 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
$8,000 – $9,000
Matt Wallace – $8,800 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Tom Lewis – $8,600 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Hoa-Tong LI – $8,200 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Eric Van-Rooyen – $8,100 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
$7,500 – $8,000
Padraig Harrington – $7,900 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Lucas Herbert – $7,700 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
$7,000 – $7,500
Brandon Stone $7,400 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Olie Fisher – $7,200 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Matthew Southgate – $7,100 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
$7,000 or less
Marc Warren – $7,000 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Pablo Larrazzabal – $7,000 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Alex Bjork – $6,900 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Miguel Angel Jimenez – $6,800 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)
Conor Syme – $6,400 (St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie)
Sam Locke – $6,100 (Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, St Andrews)