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The third major of the PGA season is here! With Rory McIlroy sitting this one out and Jordan Spieth coming in having won the first two majors, it should be a wild four days in England at the world famous St. Andrews Golf Course!

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The Field

The field for this week’s tournament is 156 players.  It comprises not only the top players in the world but also some amateurs and lower ranked professional golfers who were able to qualify at various events around the world.  The field remains one of the best, however there will be more European tour players and some lessor known names in the field.  Also of note, Rory McIlroy is no longer in the field due to injury and Chris Kirk has also dropped out due to injury as well.  Ensure you check news outlets for latest updates and your roster once before locks this week.

The cut for this tournament is not much different than a regular PGA event.  The top 70 plus ties will get to play the weekend after Friday’s round.  There is no secondary (MDF) cut at this event.

The Course

The Old Course at St. Andrews

Par 72, 7,300-7350 yards

The Old Course at St. Andrews is the home of golf and undoubtedly the most famous golf course on earth.  It’s also one of the most quirky golf courses in the world and there’s some interesting facts you need to know.  The first is that unlike most par 72 golf courses which have four par 5’s and four par 3’s, St. Andrews only has two par 5’s and two par 3’s.  This means that there’s fourteen par 4’s on the course and they all challenge the players in different ways.  There are short drivable par 4’s on this course (the 18th is actually one of them) where eagle will be in play for the long hitters.  However there are also some very tough, longer par 4’s.  The most difficult and famous of which is the 17th, or the Road Hole as it’s often referred to.  On top of being quite long the Road Hole challenges players with a blind tee shot, a huge pot bunker that guards the green (the famous road hole bunker) and an actual road and retaining wall which are in play if players veer off the green long or right.

The fairways on the course are quite massive in many parts but also treacherous due to their penchant for dishing out bad bounces and the pot bunkers that are strewn throughout the course.  The greens at St. Andrews are also massive and there are actually 7 double greens on the course which serve two holes (one on the back and one on the front nine of play).  There are also bunkers, a lot of them… 112 to be exact and many of them are so severe that hitting into one off the tee or on one’s approach will mean an automatic dropped shot or more.  Many an Open dream has died in a St. Andrews bunker and it’s likely more dreams will meet a similar feat this week.  All in all St. Andrews is a course where players can put up low scores (if the conditions are agreeable) but it’s also a place that can frustrate those who are prone to mental lapses.

Last 5 winnersUSATSI_7993343_168381090_lowres

Rory McIlroy—2014 (Royal Liverpool)
Phil Mickelson—2013 (Muirfield)
Ernie Els—2012 (Royal Lytham & St Annes)
Darren Clarke—2011 (Royal St. George’s)
Louis Oosthuizen—2010 (St. Andrews)

Weather

*Forecast subject to change, I’d recommend checking it again the night before the golf tournament starts

Thursday– Rain in forecast for the PM as well as winds between 10-15 mph
Friday– Rain is in forecast for the AM and winds between 10-15mph for the day
Saturday– Small chance of rain, possible wind up to 20-25mph
Sunday – Sunny, possible showers later in day

What will it take to succeed at the Old Course?

A good knowledge of links golf, a strong week off the tee and the ability to deal with whatever elements or bad luck comes your way.  With the many pot bunkers strewn throughout a good week with the driver can mean avoiding most of the trouble altogether and can really set a player up for some low rounds.  Being able to deal with the large greens and wind will also be a huge.  A good week with the putter from on and off the greens can be a huge factor as well as being able to control your ball in harsh weather.  Past winners here have often been former major winners and St. Andrews has always been a favorite of some of the biggest names in the sport (Tiger and Jack have both won here twice).  Some experience playing and winning big events is obviously a plus and I won’t be shocked if someone who has already had past success in major championships ends up winning this week.

What statistics are important?

Some of the key stats I’d focus on this week are listed below:

Par 4 scoring
Total Driving
Driving Distance
Green in Regulation

With the abnormal number of par 4’s on tap for this week you can bet players will need to be adept at playing them to have success.  The par 4’s rank from very easy to very difficult on this course and players who rank well in par 4 scoring should have an advantage.  Play from the tee is very important as well.  In 2010 Louis Oosthuzien put on an absolute clinic with his driver and won by 7 shots.  Not only is length needed but accuracy as well.  I do put a premium on length this week however because it seems like the bigger hitters are able to carry more of the trouble (bunkers) and have wider than normal landing areas on most holes.  Still, accuracy is important and both distance and total driving stats (which includes accuracy) could be used.  Finally, missing the huge greens can mean trouble (bunkers) and so players who are adept at finding as many greens as possible (those who rank high in the greens in regulation stat) should be keyed on.

Who has had success at the Open Championship?

This section will detail which golfers have a good record at past Open Championships regardless of the course
  • Adam Scott has put together a fantastic record at this event over the past few years. He finished 5th, 3rd, 2nd in his last three visits to Great Britain for the Open and is a great links player.
  • Sergio Garcia has had his problems in majors but he’s also had a lot of success at this event. He has four top 5 finishes in his last ten starts at the Open and also has a 5th from 2005 at St. Andrews. 
  • Henrik Stenson also has a very good record at the Open. Since 2008 he’s finished inside the top 5 three times and never missed the cut
  • Lee Westwood is a boom or bust option this week. He has three top 5’s at this event since 2009 but also a handful of missed cuts or poor finishes. 
 

Who has had success at St. Andrews?

Outside of the Open St. Andrews also hosts (alongside two other courses) the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  There’s some players who have really dominated at this event on this course.
  • Louis Oosthuizen loves St. Andrews. Not only did he win the Open here in 2010, and not only does he own the course record (62), but he also finished 6th at the Alfred Dunhill event last year, going 14 under on his rounds at St. Andrews.
  • Victor Dubuisson may not have a huge major resume but he has had success at St. Andrews (and co-owns the course record).
  • Tommy Fleetwood is also someone to consider. He has a 2nd and a 5th at the Alfred Dunhill event, is a great links player and knows the course very well.
  • Paul Casey finished inside the top 5 at this event in 2010 when Oosthuizen won. He’s also a part owner of the course record and someone who knows the course extremely well. 
My Recommendation

This is a week where you’re going to need to expand your horizons a little bit.  A lot of European players will be viable options this week and be very familiar with this course (more so than many Americans).  Look for players with good recent records and who have the knowledge and experience to deal with the links style setup.  Also, even though accuracy is important this week I’d still lean to rostering as many players as possible who hit with good power off the tee.  St. Andrews can be overpowered by a good driver of the golf ball and I expect someone with good lengthUSATSI_8669946_168381090_lowres from the tee will be victorious.

My Pick to win: Jordan Spieth or Adam Scott

There’s not much that needs to be said about Jordan Spieth, he’s the best player in the world and will probably win.  However if he doesn’t I like Adam Scott.  The Australian looked very good in at the US Open and has a great record at this event.  All reports are that his game looks a lot better of late than it did at the start of the season when he struggled.  If Spieth falters, he’s my pick.