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The First Cut: The British Open PGA DFS Preview & Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel

Jason Rouslin



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The British Open is finally here after a two-year wait. For some, it is their favorite major, and others enjoy it for it all it offers. Among them is an escape across the pond for four days, as coverage begins and ends early each day here in the States. From rolling landscapes, fescue and weather elements aplenty, it is a treat to head across the pond for the British Open at Royal St. George’s. The biggest contests for DFS golf this week are the cherry on top, with not just one or two, but three chances to win $1 million. So, with so many opportunities at our fingertips for a big payday, we need to make sure our PGA DFS picks are on in good form for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy golf lineups this week.

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  • PGA DFS Preview, including sweat sheet
  • Player Preview

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The British Open PGA DFS Preview and Picks

The British Open returns to Royal St. George’s for the first time since 2011. Golf fans will remember 2003 when Ben Curtis stole victory from crowd favorite Thomas Bjorn. His first-ever major appearance and only win, Curtis had a magical week go down in the history books nearly two decades ago on this course.

Royal St George’s Preview

The first-ever club outside of Scotland to host an British Open will be hosting its first since 2011. The course, located in Kent, England, was built back in the 1800s and is located on Sandwich Bay. The best winning score belongs to Greg Norman in 1993 when he shot 267, including a final-round 64.

Par and Yardage

  • Par 70: 7, 200 yards

Hole Dispersion

  • Four par 3’s: 239, 176, 242, 161
  • 12 par 4’s: 442, 426, 496, 416, 457, , 410, 412, 457, 379, 493, 424, 456
  • two par 5’s: 573, 545


  • Laidlaw Purves

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A par 70 will feel long, especially if the wind conditions are typical of the area. However, both par 5’s are reachable, and there are five par 4’s that measure under 425 yards. Results will be similar to the PGA Championship: Some good scores, some high scores and a winning score somewhere in the high single digits unless the weather gets insane, at which point anything can happen.

There are two par 3’s here this week that will measure some 235 yards, and they will be incredibly hard. But if the winds stay down, there are certainly enough scorable holes to see the winning score around 10-under.

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The British Open PGA DFS Player Preview

A few of the big names in the game of golf worldwide will not be teeing it up for this week. First, Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim are skipping the tournament to focus on the Olympics next week. At the same time, Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama had to withdraw due to the terrible COVID restrictions this week. Even though Watson is fully vaccinated, he had direct exposure to someone who tested positive, and the rules this week are that he will not be allowed to play. A couple of other names that will not be teeing it up this week are Kevin Na and Cameron Davis, both citing travel reasons.

Outside of those five golfers mentioned, just about everyone in the world’s top 50 are here to compete at Royal St. George’s. There are plenty of names that you may not have heard about this week.

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Qualifications for this Year’s British Open

  1. Past British Open Champions under the age of 60.
  2. Winner of Selected tournaments worldwide, each one having a different length of eligibility for the win.
    1. The Masters (five years)
    2. PGA Championship (five years)
    3. U.S. Open (five)
    4. The Players (three)
    5. BMW PGA Championship (three)
    6. Open De Argentina (one)
    7. Japan Open (one)
    8. Diamond Cup Golf (one)
    9. The Senior Open (one)
  3. The top 10 and ties from the previous year’s British Open.
  4. Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking through May 18
  5. Top finishers in the previous season of selected golf tours:
    1. Race to Dubai (30)
    2. Fed Ex Cup (30)
    3. Japan Golf Tour (two)
    4. PGA Tour of Australasia (one)
    5. Sunshine Tour (one)
  6. Performance in the current year on selected golf tours through Week 25:
    1. Top five Race to Dubai participants not already qualified within the top 20
    2. Top five FedEx Cup participants not already qualified within the top 20.
    3. Japan Golf Tour (top player not already exempt)
  7. Open Qualifying Series: After all the above are filled, tournaments from around the world are awarded spots in the British Open. They range from four spots to one spot. In addition to that, 12 places were awarded to golfers that made it through qualifying, similar to the U.S. Open.
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British Open Qualifiers and Other Notables

  1. Lucas Herbert: Herbert has had a rocky road over the past couple of years, but since finding form he has not lost it for some time. He just punched his ticket here by winning the Irish Open a few weeks ago and followed that up with another good performance at the Scottish Open, coming in fourth.
  2. Johannes Veerman: Veerman has been playing overseas on the European Tour the past few seasons, and like Herbert he has caught form in the last few weeks. He came in second to Herbert at the Irish Open, which earned him a spot here this week. He was able to follow that up with another top-10 at the Scottish Open, coming in a tie for eighth.
  3. Rikuya Hoshino: Hoshino has had a bit of a winning spree here, winning three times over the last 14 starts, one of them being the Diamond Cup. That win earned him a spot in the British Open this week. He also qualified for the U.S. Open, where he finished in a tie for 26th.
  4. Cole Hammer: Hammer earned a spot in this week’s field by earning the Mark McCormack Medal as the world’s No. 1 amateur.
  5. Yuxin Lin: Lin, currently the 18th ranked amateur in the world, has won the Asian-Pacific Amateur championship the last two years, becoming only the second person in the history of that event to do so, following Matsuyama.

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Jason established his roots in the littlest state that could...Rhode Island. But after 29 years of bitter cold, and only being able to play golf 4 months a year, upended those roots and moved to Florida. Now two years later, Jason is a husband to Sarah and father of James as well as two Labradors (Choco and Bella) and he dedicates his time to serve as the lead of PGA content at In the time he is not diving into the PGA stats and covering this week's current tournament, you can find him researching and trading stocks, on the golf course, or somewhere hopefully lost in nature with his dogs guiding him along the way. Want to chat? Have a question about Golf/Stocks or anything else? Hop on twitter and give him a message @dfsgolfer23. You can also contact Jason by emailing [email protected].

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