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Peter Malnati arrives at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club looking for a bounce back after last weekend.

Malnati failed to make the cut at the John Deere Classic, but could be a little more comfortable this week. He hails from nearby New Castle, Indiana, and is now a Tennessee resident. Perhaps playing closer to his stomping grounds will knock off some of the edge. He has made the cut in five of his past seven PGA Tour events, and was a respectable 30th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in early June in a similar geographic setting. He has been a disaster in Driving Distance (156th), Driving Accuracy Percentage (168th) and GIR (189th), but his sand work, decent scrambling ability and top-notch putting gets him through. In fact, he is one of the best on TOUR when it comes to the greens, checking in fourth in Putts Per Round (27.99). In a field where he is among the hunted, and not the hunter, he could excel.
Jul 18 - 5:10 PM

Spencer Levin will make his second PGA Tour appearance of the season at the Barbasol Championship this week.

Levin lost his PGA Tour card after the 2017 season, and he cited an equipment change as the biggest reason for his shaky play last year. He switched back to his old equipment this season, but it hasn't made a difference, as he has made just four cuts in 18 events on the Web.com Tour. Perhaps he has been pushing too much, but he isn't in great position to get his tour card back anytime soon. A solid showing at the Barbasol would help, and he did make the cut in his only previous PGA Tour event this season back in late October at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. Still, he is just too toxic to roll with, and even the biggest contrarians won't touch him.
Jul 18 - 5:04 PM

Stephan Jaeger heads to the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club looking to rebound after a disappointing finish last week.

Jaeger bowed out of the John Deere Classic after a second-round 72, missing the cut by one stroke. He made some waves a few weeks ago when he pieced together a 7-under 263 at the Quicken Loans National to end up 13th overall. His best attribute is his Driving Distance, ranking 65th on TOUR at 298.9 yards. The scores will be low this week at Keene Trace, and he can run it out there with the best of them. Whether he makes the cut will depend on his scrambling and putting. He is so-so in the scrambling department, but awful on the greens. He ranks 158th on TOUR in Putts Per Round (29.48). If he can at least be adequate on the greens, he should make the cut and challenge for a top-25 position.
Jul 18 - 4:46 PM

Lanto Griffin arrives at the Barbasol Championship this week with a four-event cut streak in tow.

Griffin will try to slay the Champions Course at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky for his fifth consecutive cut made. He hasn't been terribly impressive during the four-event streak, but he did turn in a 26th-place showing at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier to turn some heads and earn a nice payday. Scores will be low at Keene Trace, and he has show 70 or better in 12 of his past 16 rounds. Griffin should make the cut again this week and he has top-20 potential.
Jul 18 - 4:36 PM

Bryson DeChambeau made the trip to Scotland and is all set to return from injury at this week's Open Championship.

DeChambeau lasted just 15 holes last week before withdrawing, as he was trying to defend his title at the John Deere Classic. It wasn't a case of wanting to leave town early. In fact, Tom Johnston of The Dispatch/Argus reported that he flew to Denver to get his shoulder evaluated. The X-rays were negative so he then flew back to the Quad Cities to catch the charter plane. The SMU product is having a breakout season in terms of consistency but he's a major wildcard this week as he attempts to return from his shoulder injury. Gamers should be aware of the WD risk if they decide to take a chance on DeChambeau.
Jul 18 - 3:27 PM

Morgan Hoffmann provided an update on his leave of absence from the TOUR as he goes through treatment for muscular dystrophy.

Hoffmann posted an update via social media, saying that's he's in Day 88 (of 90) of his treatment in Nepal for muscular dystrophy. He finished with "I’ll be making my comeback on the @pgatour once I know I’m getting better! And it’s looking like sooner than later." This is great news for Hoffmann fans as it looks like we might see him return to action as soon as the fall.
Jul 18 - 12:27 PM

Dustin Johnson heads to The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week looking to play into the weekend again in the British Isles.

Johnson missed the cut in his first Open Championship back in 2009, but he has made the cut in each of his past eight trips overseas since. That includes a runner-up finish in 2011 at Royal St. George's Golf Club, and three top-10- showings at the event. He has been on fire this season, making the cut in each of his 12 events, finishing 17th or better in each tournament. That includes a 10th-place showing at the Masters, and third-place Shinnecock Hills, a similar coastal links with plenty of wind like Carnoustie. One area of concern might be his Driving Accuracy Percentage, as he ranks 147th on TOUR in the category, but that hasn't kept him from ranking first in Scoring Average (68.602). He has been able to overcome his wildness in a big way, ranking first on TOUR in both Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee. Those are very important areas to key on, as is his solid scrambling ability. You get what you pay for with Johnson and are rarely, if ever, disappointed.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:59 AM

Cameron Smith arrives at The Open Championship this week at Carnoustie Golf Links looking to snap an ugly streak of five straight missed cuts.

Smith hasn't played into the weekend since the RBC Heritage in the middle of April. Oddly enough, his most consistent showing of the season was a surprise fifth-place at the Masters. It has been impossible to know what you're getting with the Aussie this season. The Open Championship isn't a great place to try and iron out your problems, and even the biggest contrarian players won't want any exposure to Smith this week. He ranks 158th in Driving Accuracy Percentage, and he struggles in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-to-Tee. If anything is going to save him it is his above-average scrambling ability and good work with the putter.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:50 AM

Retief Goosen heads to The Open Championship this week at Carnoustie Golf Links simply trying to make the cut.

Goosen has been terribly inconsistent lately, posting three top-20 finishes over his past five events, but also a pair of missed cuts. He is one of a handful of golfers in the field to have played in the 2007 British Open Championship at Carnoustie and he finished 23rd at 1-over 285. That's a long time ago for a guy who is 49 and in the twilight of his TOUR career, however. His lack of length and accuracy off the tee, combined with poor results in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee make him an extremely risky play, even as a cheap final roster candidate in DFS.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:42 AM

Patton Kizzire heads overseas to The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week.

Kizzire will be appearing in his fifth-career major, and his second-ever Open. He made the cut in his first appearance in The Open, tying for 68th at Royal Troon in 2016. Kizzire has made the cut in just two of his previous four major appearances. His inaccuracy off the tee doesn't bode well for a good finish this week, as he checks in 185th on TOUR in Driving Accuracy Percentage with just 497 fairways hit out of a possible 914. He also stumbles in the Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee categories, so that doesn't bode well for success, either. His only attractive quality is his decent scrambling ability, but that isn't good enough to change his status to a buy option in DFS. Avoid him until he is back on a smaller stage with a less star-studded field, too.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 5:22 AM

Brooks Koepka rolls into The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week looking for his second consecutive major victory.

Koepka picked up a victory at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, a course similar to Carnoustie in the respect that the links are situated along the sea with wind coming into play. He was able to overcome his inaccuracy off the tee in the last major, as he checks in 163rd in Driving Accuracy Percentage with just 223 of his 396 possible fairways hit. That's a concern, as Carnoustie demands accuracy from the tee box. He doesn't fare particularly well in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, either, ranking just 63rd. Koepka is a tremendous scrambler, and that area of his game will keep him in contention while playing into the weekend, and his putter is above average. If he can straighten up and hit his fairways, he'll be dangerous.
Jul 18 - 5:03 AM

Brendan Steele heads overseas to The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links looking to rebound after some uneven performances.

Steele tumbled down the leaderboard at the U.S. Open with a final-round 80, ending up with a 20-over 300 and a 63rd-place showing. He followed the up with a missed cut at the Travelers Championship on a course he should have fared well. It has been all downhill for Steele since winning the Safeway Open to kick off his 2018 campaign. He is a masher off the tee, but his inaccuracy from the box could prove to be a big problem. He is just 124th in Driving Accuracy Percentage, hitting just 362 of a possible 606 fairways this season. You cannot miss at Carnoustie or you’ll be playing in the deep rough. The good news is he shows well in the Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green departments. However, he has really struggled in scrambling and putting, so it might be best to avoid him for fantasy purposes on a course which doesn’t suit his talents.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 4:57 AM

Jason Day rolls into The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week looking for his second title at a major.

Day has rattled off 14 top-10 finishes in a major, but his least amount of success has come at The Open. The Aussie has managed just one top-10 showing in the event, finishing fourth on the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2015. Carnoustie requires accuracy off the tee, and that’s an area of concern for Day. He checks in just 91st on TOUR in Driving Accuracy Percentage, so he could be spending plenty of time in the cabbage trying to play his way out. The good news is that he hammers the ball, ranking 15th in Driving Distance, and he’ll get some extra run on the sandy fairways if and when he hits them. He also checks out well in the Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee departments, and he is a top-notch scrambler. All of those areas will be important for fantasy owners to watch this week. Lastly, Day’s ability on the green sets him apart from many others, as he is deadly accurate with the putter.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 4:47 AM

Chez Reavie heads to The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week looking to ride his solid consistency off the tee to a good result.

Reavie isn’t a masher off the tee, ranking 168th on TOUR in Driving Distance (288.1 yards), but that’s not a terrible thing. He is super efficient finding fairways, ranking sixth in Driving Accuracy Percentage. He is above-average in two key areas for DFS to watch – Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee. Another area of focus this week will be scrambling ability, and that’s another area where Reavie tends to shine. His weekend will likely be made or broken on the putting surface, where he is just so-so at 90th on TOUR in Putts Per Round (29.03). If he can elevate his game on the greens he could be one of the most surprising fantasy performers of the weekend.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 4:32 AM

Gary Woodland is looking for his fourth straight cut made at The Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links this week.

Woodland was floundering for two months, missing five consecutive cuts. He turned things around at the Memorial for a 23rd-place finish, and he made the cut at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open, posting a respectable 36th-place showing. He is a masher off the tee, ranking seventh in Driving Distance (313.1 yards), and that will help his as long as he can harness his energy. For a big hitter he is at least adequate in Driving Accuracy Percentage, hitting 484 of his 767 possible fairways. Accuracy is more important than distance this week. Woodland is also respectable in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, checking in 41st, and he is fifth in SG: Off-the-Tee. His poor scrambling ability and lack of consistency with the putter are the biggest areas of concern. If he can at least be adequate in those areas, he might make some noise.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 18 - 4:22 AM



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