Bryson DeChambeau, Tyrrell Hatton, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Daniel Berger and Tommy Fleetwood will be among the celebrities discussed in Fantasy Insider on Tuesday.
If you’re the fan of watching fields being built, you’ve come to see one of the busiest turnstiles in history. Including previous champions returning regularly, there were 21 early withdrawals through Monday. Many, but not all, have been linked to complications caused by COVID-19, but R&A has solved the mystery of how to showcase the strongest field available, plus a few international touches of talent. (For the entire field and the 21 who opted out, see the qualifications.
Of those involved, 30 took part in the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s. As already this year and this week, the course in Sandwich – the city in the south-east of England is closer to France than to London – will test like the sea bird flies with a par 70 like the par 5s. The course tips at 7,189 yards, 22 feet lower than a decade ago.
With an average of 73,018 in 2011, Royal St. George’s was rated the toughest course relative to par for the entire season. When it was laid out as a par 71 in 2003 – the fourth hole was a par 5 – it was even more difficult with 3,802 strokes over par. This is expected in this tournament. Unpredictable lies are the backbone of the links experience, even on the shortest of grass, and the uncertainty of constantly changing conditions provides atmospheric 1-2 strokes.
In contrast to most links layouts, Royal St. George’s consists of a Front Nine that winds to the sea with a recoil on the inside. There is also an uncharacteristic separation between the holes, and six border the coast, although of course all 18 are exposed to the wind. Ben Everill from PGATOUR.com is there and has put together a helpful guide in Nine Things to Know.
Courses at The Open Rota are all about execution and experience, as well as patience and understanding. You take what is there, you don’t force the problem and you walk away with a smile when you connect with the relative successes. In all of this, there is the belief that reducing errors is more important than circling par-breakers.
The prevailing winds will advance from the north and are expected to stop at 10-15 miles per hour for the first and last laps. They get a little fresher in between. Daily highs will open in the deep 70s before retreating into the 60s for the rest. Surprisingly, rain is not to be expected. This is not a misprint.
In addition to the Claret Jug, the champion will receive 600 FedExCup points, $ 2.07 million, exemptions for The Open up to age 60, exemptions for the next five editions of the other three majors, and a five-year membership waiver for the PGA TOUR.
ROB BOLTON’S SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton summarizes and previews each tournament from different angles. As planned, look for his following posts.
MONDAY: Power ranking
TUESDAY *: Sleeper; Fantasy insider
SUNDAY: Qualifications, Personnel Changes, Medical Upgrades, Rookie Watch
* – Rob serves on the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which will also be released on Tuesday.