Huge Stakes for The Open
The last four golf majors have been split by the #1 and #2 players in the world, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith. Speith is coming off a thrilling win at the US Open and Rory was set to defend his British Open title.
It was setup for an interesting battle between the two young stars, but Rory will miss the tournament with an injury.
The US Open not only came down to the last putt for Speith, who survived when Dustin Johnson three-putted the 18th hole with an opportunity to win or tie Jordan. But golf fan Carl Bassewitz was arguably more excited than Speith. He had selected Speith on his fantasy golf team that week and with Speith’s win, he hung on to the $1 Million first place prize. Had Johnson won, another fantasy player, username ‘headchopper’ would have taken down the $1,000,000.
Carl was entered in DraftKings fantasy golf contest, which awarded $2.5 Million in prizes during The US Open.
It was his first time playing fantasy golf on DraftKings – He submitted his team, the $20 entry fee, and four days later was a millionaire.
To play fantasy golf, you simply draft a team of 6 golfers. Each golfer is given a price based on their past performance and a team must be built while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. Your team accumulates points based on their performance each hole, round, and the tournament finish.
Here’s a look at some of the top golfers this week to help you prepare to become the next fantasy golf millionaire.
The Field Favorites
Jordan Speith ($12,000) – Even though Speith is priced cheaper than Rory, with his injury, he now has become the favorite to take down his third major in a row.
Dustin Johnson ($11,400) – It will be hard for Johnson to bounce back after his blunder in the US Open, but St Andrews course favors golfers who can hit the long ball. Johnson will have no problem there, so it will come down to his short game again if he hopes to compete.
Justin Rose ($10,900) – If you are looking for a UK native to target, Rose is definitely the top choice here. He is fresh off of a 2nd place finish in The Masters and has been a consistent golfer in 2015. Since making his debut in The Open in 2001, he has yet to finish higher than 12th (2007), but
The Field Sleepers
Paul Casey ($9,200) – The last time the Open was played at St. Andrews in 2010, Paul Casey was actually in the final group on Sunday. He came up well short of winning but still has had a lot of success at St. Andrews and is actually a co-owner of the course record there (62). Casey has been playing extremely well all season and still hits it big off the tee meaning he’ll be able to take advantage of many of the drivable par 4’s.
Brooks Koepka ($8,200) – Koepka’s a great young talent who hits it a mile off the tee. He’s going to be able to carry or avoid many of the more dangerous pot bunkers simply due to his length and should have numerous shots at making eagles throughout the week (which translates into lots of bonus points on DraftKings).
John Daly ($6,100) – Ok, so maybe Daly isn’t a serious contender here. At $6,100 though, there are 124 or the 145 possible golfers priced higher or as high as him though. If you dig the long ball (or just want to make your tournament a little more fun to watch), and are looking to save some salary to afford the high priced guys, it may be worth throwing Daly in a lineup. Even making the cut would mean Daly exceeded his expected value.