DraftKings PGA: Open Championship
DraftKings PGA: Open Championship

This article is part of our DraftKings PGA series.

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Purse: $8.439M (approx. after converted from pounds)
Winner's Share: $1.53M
FedEx Cup Points: 600 to the Winner
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
Course: Royal Troon Golf Club
Yardage: 7,190
Par: 71
2015 champion: Zach Johnson

Tournament Preview

This is the 145th edition of the Open Championship, and the ninth at Royal Troon, which incidentally just voted to accept women members, thereby keeping it in the Open rotation. Troon is a classic out-and-back links setup, meaning the ninth hole is farthest from the clubhouse. Golfers will hit into the wind throughout the second nine. As Gary Player once said, Troon's back nine is "the most difficult in the world when the wind is blowing." Troon features the longest and the shortest holes in the Open rotation. There's No. 6, called "Turnberry," which tops out at 601 yards. Then there's No. 8, the famed "Postage Stamp," at just 123 yards. It was there in the first round in 1973 that 71-year-old Gene Sarazen hit a 5-iron for a hole-in-one. The toughest hole on the track is the 11th, "The Railway," a par-four, 483-yarder that played to a 4.41 stroke average in 2004. It's also where Jack Nicklaus made a quintuple-bogey 10 in 1962, when the hole played to a par-five. The fairways are wide open, but driving accuracy is still important, with plenty of trouble lurking. There are pot bunkers all over, and most holes feature severe slopes around the greens, sending supposedly wonderful approach shots scurrying off the putting surface.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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