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DraftKings Pivot Plays for The Open Championship 2021

We've scoured the DraftKings GPP ownership projections looking for the names that are setting up to be extremely popular in GPP tournaments. More importantly, I'm going to tell you about 2 other players with as much upside at significantly less projected ownership. Ownership leverage and equal or greater upside from the players we're pivoting away from is the name of the game every week for the Pivot Point article.

Popular DraftKings GPP Plays & Pivots

Rory Mcllroy $10,900 - 8% projected

Wow…recency bias at it’s finest. A 59th place finish at the Irish Open and an 88th place finish at the Scottish Open and now the world is off Rory McIlroy. I remember forever ago when Rory missed back to back cuts at The Players and the Masters and then won his next start at the Wells Fargo. Nevermind that wasn’t forever ago, it was just two months ago! 

I’ll look past the last two Euro Tour events and instead go for long term form and experience, and with that you won’t find anyone in this field with a better Open Championship track record than Rory McIlroy. While his career Open Championship record doesn’t specifically correlate to this course, it does speak to his experience in links style golf, windy conditions, tough golf courses and major championships. Rory will be making his 10th start in an Open Championship this week and his second start at Royal St. Georges where he finished T25 back in 2011. In his other eight Open Championship appearances he has one win and four other top fives. 

Since his win back in May at Quail Hollow, Rory finished 18th at Muirfield Village and 7th at The US Open at Torrey Pines. Rory ranks 6th in this field over the last three years in total strokes gained in tough scoring conditions. There is no better leverage spot in this field.

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Alex Noren $7,200 - 5% projected

Like Rory, Alex Noren is set to make his 10th start in an Open Championship and his second start at Royal St. Georges after barely missing the cut back in 2011. Of the nine Open Championship starts, Noren has finished better than 20th in five of them including T11, T17, and T6 respectively in his last three.

Noren’s also flashing some good form lately with a 13th at The Memorial and a 4th at the Rocket Mortgage. Noren has always relied on his great short game to cover up his weakness driving the ball until recently and has now gained strokes OTT in his last 6 events. Noren’s rolling report for good drives gained against this field is as follows: 100 rounds: 98th, 50 rounds: 73rd, 24 rounds: 26th, 12 rounds 25th, 8 rounds: 8th, 4 rounds: 8th.

Noren has clearly found something with his driver and if he can continue that this week it will be his best chance at the Claret Jug yet!

Written by: Tim Gaymon (THG803)