I have been chasing the daily battle of the game for many years in hopes of winning a million dollar prize. With the British Open taking place in St. Andrews this week, it’s another opportunity to play DFS golf. Essentially, the goal in golf is almost like playing pick-6 in horse racing: the bigger your bankroll, the more outs you give yourself to win. The downside is that adding each additional entry adds a higher multiple to your investment.
With my limited funds, I am comfortable registering between 10 and 25 teams in golf GPPs with a price tag between $10 and $25. Ideally, I would like to have as many teams as possible until the weekend to increase my chances of winning.
When looking at the player pool, I know I need the tournament winner. Plus, there’s a good chance my six golfers (according to the site) have to make the cut, play the weekend, and finish in the top 15. So, according to my thought process and approach, that makes the more sense for me to build around a core of four golfers and mix and match the bottom two spots in my roster.
To help with some of the top player stories for this week’s event, I’ve written about them in my SI Betting preview.
Here is an overview of top players by salary:
· Rory McIlroy ($11,100)
· Scottie Scheffler ($11,000)
· Jon Rahm ($10,800)
· Justin Thomas ($10,500)
Collin Morikawa ($10,300)
It is almost impossible to list two of the top five salaries and earn a GPP with a large number of entries. So sometimes I rotate one of the top players to help create a wider lineup on my bottom two players while using three other top players.
From this group, I delete Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa. I don’t like Thomas’ story at this event, and Morikawa isn’t in good shape. If I field a top player, he almost has to win unless another player on my team beats him for the championship. Without laying out my game plan, my first thought would be to invest about 40% in both Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler. The remaining percentage will go to Jon Rahm.
Jordan Spieth ($10,000)
Xander Schauele ($9,900)
Matthew Fitzpatrick ($9,700)
Cameron Smith ($9,500)
Will Zalatoris ($9,600)
A case could be made for all players at this level. Spieth has an Open Championship title and a great history at this event. Xander Schauffele played poorly in one round (75) at the US Open, which cost him a best result (14). In his next two tournaments, he broke through for a victory at the Travelers Championship, followed by victory at the Genesis Scottish Open. His game is in great shape while being slightly reduced compared to the top-tier group. In 2022, Matthew Fitzpatrick has become a top-10 force in several of his starts, highlighted by his magical victory at the US Open. He finished four strokes off the Genesis Scottish Open (sixth place with a score of -3). Will Zalatoris was highlighted in my betting preview.
Shane Lowry ($9,300)
Louis Oosthuizen ($8,800)
Tyrrell Hatton ($8,700)
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,600)
Tony Finau ($8,400)
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When considering the next 10 or so players, I leaned on past Open Championship success and/or European Tour ties. Shane Lowry won in 2019, followed by a 12th-place finish in 2021. Louis Oosthuizen made the leap to the LIV Tour while showing a spark at the BMW International Open (eighth) in late June. He added a 20th, 28th and third to his resume over the past three years at this event while winning the title in 2010 at St. Andrews. If they hit all cylinders, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood have the top 10 upside down with the game to win.
Corey Conners ($8,200)
Joaquin Niemann ($7,900)
Robert MacIntyre ($7,800)
Webb Simpson ($7,600)
Paul Casey ($7,500)
Paul Casey hasn’t played in a tournament since late March due to a back problem. I can’t expect him to be fit, but his salary gives him a chance to finish in the top 20 if his pre-tournament reports are positive.
Tiger Woods ($7,600)
Sergio Garcia ($7,400)
Justin Rose ($7,400)
Talor Gooch ($7,300)
Patrick Peed ($7,300)
As I go down in salary, I look for players who have a chance of finishing in the top 15. Players with no Open Championship starts are harder to assess. The two players who fall into this category are JT Poston and Mito Pereira. I included Tiger Woods because I don’t want to miss if he gives golf fans a glimpse of yesteryear.
Thomas Pieters ($7,200)
Jason Kokrak ($7,200)
Adrian Meronk ($7,100)
Danny Willett ($7,000)
Cameron Tringale ($7,000)
Pieters didn’t make the Open Championship last year, but he made the cut in his first four trips to this event (30th, 44th, 28th and 67th). He has three top 10s (ninth, 10th, second) over his last six tournaments while picking up a pair of victories since early November in Europe. Kokrak reached the weekend in 2019 (32nd) and 2021 (26th) after a quick outing between the two. However, his play hasn’t been sharp (no weekend rounds at the US Open, Travelers Championship or Genesis Scottish Open) since a three-week layoff from late May. Meronk won the Irish Open by beating par in two sets (73 and 76) at the Genesis Scottish Open. He has six more 10s this year in 14 events. Willett is not in winning form, but he has made the cut six straight times at The Open Championship, highlighted by two sixth-place finishes, the first at St. Andrews in 2015.
Picking six golfers to make it and play the weekend at St. Andrews will be a challenge. Many players will exceed expectations while others will make just enough mistakes to leave them out.
When building your DFS teams, I would focus on finding a core of players with the best chance of surviving until the weekend. This gives you a better chance of cashing in while hoping one of your six-handed darts lands at the top of the leaderboard. So here are my four base players that I will be building around this week:
They have a combined salary of $34,600 which allows me to avoid the backend of the player pool where there is a higher chance of getting it wrong. If I start a team with Rory McIlroy or Scottie Scheffler, my other five golfers will average around $7,800, which will require more darts to cover my risk of not having six golfers until the weekend.
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