This week the PGA Tour comes to Houston, and most of the world’s top players are taking the week off or are playing in the Italian Open as they compete for in the Race to Dubai. We have posted a fixed odds betting market for the Italian Open featuring the top four players.
This week is the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with World Number 1 Brooks Koepka in the field. The favorites this week include Koepka, Cantlay, and DeChambeau. Click here to view our fantasy contests this week.
This week on the PGA Tour is the Honda Classic where Justin Thomas is defending champion. He’s joined by Brooks Koepka & Rickie Fowler who all live nearby (home course advantage?). Luke List, who lost a playoff to Thomas a year ago, is back as he continues to pursue his first PGA Tour victory. Several Europeans are playing The Honda Classic before making the trip to TPC Sawgrass in two weeks, including Alex Noren, who finished one shot out of last year’s Honda playoff.
Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Justin Thomas – all of whom live minutes from PGA National Resort & Spa – top the marquee at The Honda Classic, which kicks off the PGA TOUR’s revamped Sunshine State schedule. Luke List, who lost a playoff to Thomas a year ago, is back as he continues to pursue his first TOUR victory.
The PGA Championship comes to Middle America for its 100th edition this week, as Justin Thomas undertakes his first major title defense against a Bellerive lineup headlined by FedExCup frontrunner Dustin Johnson and one of the year’s deepest fields.
Jordan Spieth takes his second crack at completing the career Grand Slam, which would make him the second-youngest to accomplish the feat behind Tiger Woods. And speaking of Woods, the four-time champion is back for the first time since 2015. Read More
Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports By: Geoff Shackelford | August 5, 2018 7:17 pm The 100th PGA Championship begins Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Defending champion Justin Thomas enters the final major tournament of 2018 riding a serious green wave, having won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational convincingly on Sunday.
The 2018 PGA Championship is here, and we have an event overflowing with storylines. Everything from a single season often seems to converge upon the PGA Championship as it is the last major of the season (this year for the last time), and multiple players, stories and themes come to a head there as the season hurtles for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.
Congratulations to user JB4times4 for winning our Scottish Open fantasy contest last week. First place took down 0.0171 bitcoins. We posted a short player pool with only a handful of the top players to choose from for the Scottish Open. Making the cut turned out to be difficult, the rosters that cashed had more than one cut player. Last week’s winning user jesscoin had a roster with only one cut player (which was best in the pool), but poor scores on the weekend from Bernd Wiesberger and Byeong-Hun An pulled the roster down to third place.
User slptransam won our John Deere Classic fantasy contest, by edging out user thecosmicshame by only 1 point. First place received 0.024225 bitcoins. Every player on the top two rosters made the cut, which provided the points that propelled them to the top of our leaderboard.
This week is a little different than most on the golfing tour schedule as our sights are set on the Open Championship next week. So this week, some players will be taking a break from tournament action to travel and/or prepare for the Open.
Some of the stars are using this week’s Scottish Open to prepare for next week’s Open Championship. Fowler, Stenson, and Adam Scott are teeing it up this week in Scotland. Rory will also play the Scottish Open, and we wonder whether he can get back to form and look for a decent finish in this year’s Open, where the fans will be on his side.
We’ve posted a fantasy for the Scottish Open with a limited list of players to draft. We’ll update scores at least once per day, but the scores will not update in realtime.
Back in the states, Berger and Zach Johnson will play the John Deere. Jordan Spieth will skip the tournament this year and travel overseas. Dustin Johnson is also taking a bye week.
After our first test game last week, we have posted another Double-Up fantasy contest with a 0.002 btc entry fee this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win, and he is priced for value on our draft list.
The Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 7,419 yards, par 72. A rustic golf outpost on Orlando’s rural outskirts got a major boost in 1965 when Arnold Palmer proclaimed it the “best course in Florida” upon his first visit. Over time, Palmer eventually bought the place and made it his winter base. The PGA TOUR arrived in 1979, when the old Florida Citrus Open relocated across town to “Arnie’s Place.” Laid out in 1961 by Dick Wilson, Palmer’s constant tinkering over the years has left no doubt about whose stamp it bears. Bay Hill’s closing trio of holes often yields a dramatic finish, most notably Robert Gamez’s stunning 7-iron holeout at No. 18 to vault past Greg Norman in the 1990 edition.
The Field: Jason Day, the final champion to have that special greenside moment with The King, defends his title against a roster that includes a dozen others from the top 25 in the world rankings. Hideki Matsuyama and Henrik Stenson are other top-10 entrants. … Korean pro Jeunghun Wang, with three European Tour wins in the past 10 months, makes his second start on U.S. soil. The first came at last year’s PGA Championship. Also, world No. 11 Alex Noren tees it up on these shores for the first time since Baltusrol. … John Daly, now a PGA TOUR Champions regular, returns to Bay Hill for the first time since 2006. He might be best known around the place for the 18 he carded at No. 6 in 1998.
Storylines: Palmer’s absence from his beloved tournament will hover over the week, an occasion for both sadness and joy in his legacy. Attendees at Bay Hill will see a new bronze statue of Palmer, positioned to overlook the first and 10th tees. Host duties will be shared by a golf foursome – Annika Sorenstam, Graeme McDowell, Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange – plus former Homeland Security chief and Palmer confidant Tom Ridge. … Day tees it up for the first time since the West Coast, where he had two top-12s in four starts but was 64th last time out at Riviera. … Stenson, an Orlando resident who lives some 45 minutes away, returns in quest of his first Bay Hill victory. He’s been no worse than fifth in the past three years.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC).