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Tuesday,July 18,2017

The third Major of the golfing year is nearly upon us and it’s promising to be yet another fascinating tournament in a year of must see golf.


The Royal Birkdale in Southport will host its 10th Open Championship and the first since 2008, when Padraig Harrington became the first European golfer in more than 100 years to retain the Claret Jug.


This time around it’s Henrik Stenson who is vying to repeat Harrington’s feat, after a memorable final round at Royal Troon last year, where he saw off Phil Mickelson in dramatic style to secure his first Major.


In keeping with an unpredictable 2017 in which Sergio Garcia (Masters) and Brooks Koepka (US Open) won their maiden Majors, there no real standout favourite with the traditional bookies. This is represented with favourites Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson being priced at 14s to claim victory, while the likes of Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are 16/1. That means we should be in for a great spectacle that could go any which way, making our Fantasy, Predictor and Last Longest games that much more fun to play!


There’s big money to play for as we’re giving away a minimum of £1,700, including at least £1,000 in our Fantasy Fourball. We’re also running a tournament long Predictor, Last Longest and daily Match Up pools, so plenty to get your teeth into this Open Championship.


Fantasy Fourball - Our biggest money game is our Fantasy Fourball, which is open to join until the first golfers that are available to pick in our pool, tee off at around 7am on Thursday morning. You can play for £2, with a guaranteed £500 prize fund, while our £10 and £25 pools both have a minimum of £250 up for grabs. Simply choose four players from different categories - Pre Tournament Favourites, Genuine Contenders, In With a Shout & Outside Chance  - and if your team accumulates the most points, you’ll scoop the biggest share of the prize pot. Points are awarded according to final finishing positions, with 150 for the Open champion, 75 for second, 60 for third, and points given out to golfers finishing as low as 50th, while a point each is given to those outside the top 50 who made the cut.


Another way your players can score points is through their multiplier, which we determine depending on pre-tournament odds. Favourites Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are x1, meaning any points they score will stay the same, but if Henrik Stenson retains his title, he’ll score you 150 points, multiplied by two for being a x2 multiplier.


Looking at the Pre Tournament Favourites, it will be interesting to see who makes it into your team, with the likes of DJ , Spieth and Rory McIlroy hardly in inspiring recent Major form. Spieth has finished outside the top 10 in his past five Majors, while Dustin failed to make the cut at the US Open in June and the PGA Championship last year, and withdrew from the 2017 Masters through injury. McIlroy too missed the cut at the US Open, and on two occasions last year, and has failed to add to his four Major titles in three years. That leaves the likes of Koepka and Garcia at x2 viable options after winning a Major each this year, while defending champion Stenson might be best avoided after missing the cut in both Majors this year.


If recent form is anything to go by, perhaps Hideki Matsuyama is a great option, with two PGA Tour wins this season, and finishing joint runner-up in last month’s US Open. He is a x2 multiplier, along with Tommy Fleetwood who too is being talked about as a contender, after an extremely impressive US Open, staying in contention throughout the tournament before finishing a career best fourth. He’s also won twice on the European Tour this year, including the Open de France earlier this month, and has now moved up to 14th in the world rankings.  


Looking at the other categories, the likes of Marc Leishman, Branden Grace and Adam Scott - all at x2 - seem like viable picks in our Genuine Contenders list, while maybe Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas - both x3 -  will be considered for your teams, in our final two categories.


Open Predictor - There’s at least £100 to play for in our £2 Predictor, in which you must make nine predictions on how you see the Open panning out. This includes three yes/no questions, which are worth 10 points each, with questions such as will there be a hole in one and will the tournament be won by two or more shots. There are five multiple choice questions which are worth 20 points for each correct answer, multiplied by the figure in brackets depending on how likely the selection is to come through. These include what will the nationality of the winner be, with an American the shortest multiplier at x1, and where reigning champ Stenson will finish, who is x8 to make an unlikely successful defence of his title. The nearest wins is worth 25 points for a spot on prediction of what will the combined finishing positions of the top three UK players be. Don’t forget your banker scores double!


Last Longest - With £200 guaranteed if you play for £5, our Last Longest game couldn’t be simpler to play. All you have to do is select a player to shoot Under Par in each round, starting with round one. If your selected player shoots under par for the round, you’ll move through to the next round and a winner is determined once either there’s one user left standing or everyone has fallen, in which case the prize fund is split. You can only pick the same player once throughout the duration of the pool, so make sure you pick wisely.


Match Ups -  Lastly, we’ll be running a daily Match Ups pool for each round, with a minimum of £100 up for grabs in the £2 pool. Pick a winner in each of the 10 selected match ups we have paired together, with the winner of each match up awarded 10 points, and five points given to both golfers in the event of a tie. Points are also awarded in our pool depending on how many shots a golfer beats their rival by.


Enjoy the Open in style by playing our array of tournament games, and jump in to give yourself the chance to win big!




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