British Open 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap

The grandiose and mythical battle in the 4th round of the 2016 British Open between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson will be remembered for ages. This sweet revenge from Stenson clears his defeat in 2013 at the same prestigious tournament when Mickelson bested him at Muirfield in 2013. FanPicks has this British Open 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap (click to play) and your golf news on the blog throughout this PGA Tour season. Make sure to stay informed for all of  the fantasy golf news at FanPicks blog and stay tuned for daily fantasy golf on FanPicks main website.

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1977’s duel in the sun at Turnberry between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, the two great stars of their era ( – 12 Watson, Nicklaus -11 )  was quite similar to what we witnessed yesterday. However, it was even more special this year due to the fact that both of these golfers went head to head in 2013 in a nail biting finish.

Henrik Stenson shot an 8 under par 63 while Mickelson aka Lefty shot a 65.

It was a brilliant performance from both golfers and just enough for the Swede to win the British Open by three, his first major of his bright career.

This will clearly be remembered as one of the great duels in the history of the majors.

Stenson was extremely efficient and birdied birdied 4 of his final 5 holes to win an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon, besting Tiger Woods’ 19 under par record at St Andrews back in 2000.

That performance also equaled Jason Day’s record in a major set at the 2015 PGA Championship.

Phil Mickleson however doesn’t have much to blame himself and played excellent golf throughout the tournament. In fact, his round of 65 was his best ever finishing round in a major on top of his almost record breaking first round.

Local hero and ex world # 1 Rory McIlroy saved his best round for Sunday with a 67.

Like McIlroy, Jordan Spieth saved his best round of the week in the final round with a 68.

Defending champion Zach Johnson (71) ended one under while this year’s Masters Tournament champion,  Dany Willett closed with a level-par 71 for seven over.

Next bit tournament up is the PGA Championship in 2 weeks before the first ever Olympic Men’s Golf Competition in Rio.

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2016 US Open Fantasy Golf Recap

Oakmont Country Club

What an eventful weekend in this year’s edition of the US Open. From the terrible temperature at the Oakmont Country club that allowed only 9 players to tee off in the opening round Thursday, to Dustin Johnson’s penalty in the last round in what many afraid would cost him his lead after a strange decision from the USGA, this 2016 US Open Fantasy Golf Recap is brought to you by FanPicks where you’ll be able to play Fantasy Golf as well as our cross sport contests.

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The talented Dustin Johnson won his 1st major championship with a steady final-round 1-under-par 69 Sunday to finish at 4 under 276 in the 116th edition of the U.S. Open.

Starting the final 18 holes 4 shots back and despite being assessed a one-stroke penalty for something that happened a few hours prior, he found a way to top Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercyand by 3 shots.

Johnson was given this penalty because the USGA determined he caused his ball on the 5th hole to move when he was standing over the 6-foot putt. Even though the ball move lightly, Johnson insisted to the USGA official that he didn’t cause the movement. There was no penalty then and the putt was made. 6 holes later, he was also told that the incident was still under review. Johnson never stopped performing hole while his competition struggled.

Shane Lowry, who made 2 birdies in 4 holes earlier during the day polished off a 65 in the delayed 3rd round and actually held the lead after 54 holes by 4 shots. Unfortunately, he broke down in the final round and shot 76.

Jim Furyk was in position again to win at Oakmont. In the 2007 U.S. Open edition at Oakmont, he bogeyed on the 71st hole and lost by 1. This year, he made birdie on the 71st hole but then bogeyed the last after a poor drive into the rough.

World # 1 Jason Day made a run but was done in by the 17th hole where he double-bogeyed after his drive came up short of the green and finished with a 71 tied for 8th.

Sergio Garcia who has 20 top-10s in major championships, made a birdie on the 13th to pull within two. But he bogeyed the 14th and buried his ball under the sand on the 15th before having another bogey on the 16th.

PGA Tour rookie Andrew Landry, ranked # 624 took the opening round by storm with a 66 with the lead but broke couldn’t keep up in the final round and ended with a a 78.

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Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf Recap

Augusta National Golf Club

This year’s edition of the prestigious Masters Tournament turned into a shocker Sunday when Danny Willett came back in the most surprising way from 4 shot back at the start of the final round to win his first career major at the Masters on Sunday with a 5-under 67. This Masters 2016 Fantasy Golf recap is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Sports contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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Danny Willet had a bogey-free final round and it just couldn’t come at a better time. When defending champion, youngster Jordan Spieth was stumbling and the rest of the field failing to make some serious moves, Willet birdied 3 of his last 6 holes to polish off a 67, the best score of the weekend. Nine holes away from another wire to wire victory, Spieth collapsed around the infamous of holes of Amen Corner and would never catch up. This comeback from Willett will certainly rank among the most surprising at the Masters.

 

It was certainly hard to watch as golf fans around as everyone expected Spieth to hold on to the victory and to become the fourth back to back winner of the Masters as well as the only player ever in 156 years of championship golf to go wire-to-wire in successive years in a major tournament. It looked inevitable when he ran off 4 straight birdies to end the front 9 and build a 5 shot lead.

 

What’s great about Willett’s win is that he wasn’t even sure to play in the tournament this year. His wife was due with their first child on Sunday, but ended up giving birth March 30th instead and that allowed him to play. He also he became the first player from England in a green jacket since Nick Faldo.

Westwood, playing with Willett, had eagle on the 15th hole and was only a shot of the lead but then three-putted the 16th hole. Dustin Johnson also missed his chance and closed with a 71, tied with J.B. Holmes (68) and Paul Casey (67) for 4th.

Smylie Kaufman, one shot out of the lead in his Masters debut, closed with an 81.

Willett moves to No. 9 in the world. He returns home to England with a gift like no other for his infant son.

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Fantasy Golf Recap

World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play

As the PGA Tour gets more and more close to the Masters, the fierce preparation from every golfers for the major tournament were tested the past two weeks with back to back big events. Who would’ve thought Jason Day would’ve pulled an historic win in Tiger-like fashion. This Fantasy Golf recap of the WGC Dell Match-Play is brought you by FanPicks. Come Play Fantasy Sports in our daily contests and win great prizes at everyday.

It was in early March that Jason Day admitted calling up his friend and former world # 1 Tiger Woods to ask him for some tips on how he managed to dominate consistently during his reign. Whatever Tiger’s advice gave to the Aussie seems to be working quite well, as he will soon become the new world # 1 this week in the new PGA Tour rankings.

What’s more impressive is that this victory comes only one week after his wire-to-wire win at the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s also been battling a ongoing back pain, which are obviously are inevitable for most golfers on the Tour but to defeat Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen the way he did on Sunday to claim his 2nd career match play title is something else. Day needed to get his 18 holes to best the 3rd ranked McIlroy in another of their classic battles but dominated Oosthuizen 5 & 4 in the final round.

The Golf world knows that his short game has tremendously improved and has been helping him save a lot of time. Just a few weeks ago, Day was answering questions about his early season slump but took a few months off following the President’s Cup to really get prepped.

He really looks unstoppable right now and his win this past weekend was his 6th in the last 13 starts worldwide, a streak that includes his 1st major championship last fall.

He won’t be playing this week in Houston and his run entering the Masters will match none other than Tiger Woods.

 

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PGA TOUR Honda Classic Trust Open

PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf preview

The PGA Tour will begin its Florida swing this week at the Honda Classic, hosted at the PGA National. This PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf preview is brought you by Fanpicks. Come play some Daily Fantasy Golf and Win great prizes on Fanpicks.com.

This star studded event will be headlined by the likes of Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and many more.

Defending champion Padraig Harrington and his sudden-death playoff rival Daniel Berger will be there also.

With the conclusion of the Northern Trust Open, and the Masters approaching in early April, we can expect some exceptional golfing from the players this weekend.

This special venue was redesigned a little over a decade ago by Jack Nicklaus and is home to the infamous Bear Trap, the trio of holes # 15, 16 and 17. They’re known to be fairly tough holes usually decimating competitors’ scorecards. The holes in questions are full of water hazards and sharp edges, always certainly leaving a handful of players shaking their heads and disappointed. It appears that sicne 2007, the mean stretch accounts for 40 % of all the triple bogeys and 33 % of the double bogeys.

The top 2 ranked players on the TOUR, Jordan Spieth and Jason day will be absent.

2012 champion and former # 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is expected to have a great tournament despite his fallout in the last round at the Northern Trust Open, ironically, exactly what happened last year at the PGA National when his wire to wire victory slept away from him after 3 rounds. Fantasy Golf owners should expect his value to lower making him a great pick. He’s on a 3 straight top 6 finish run and will be hoping to close the deal this time.

Surprisingly, Patrick Reed’s accuracy off the tee and experience on this course may help him have an edge on his peers this weekend.

Finally, Rickie Fowler will also be a DFS favourite to watch, with already 3 top 5 finishes this season.

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PGA Northern Trust Open

Fantasy Golf preview

 

As the PGA Tour heads to California into the Northern Trust Open, get your Fantasy Golf picks ready. Play Daily Fantasy Golf and Win great prizes at Fanpicks.

The PGA Tour rankings rankings were shook this past weekend by the the tremendous wins of Vaughn Taylor and Charl Schwartzel respectively in Pebble Beach and South Africa. The golfers will be heading into one of the toughest golf courses on the on the tour. With a scoring average of 72.592, the Riviera Country Club was the most challenging par 71 for the last 5 seasons.

James Hahn, the defending champion of the tournament will be joined by many big names including 5 of the top ten players in the world. The prestige of this event and fame of the course will attract players such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and more. But don’t be fooled by this star-studded open after we’ve seen this past weekend and last year in this tournament.

Jordan Spieth, world’s number 1 golfer is a favourite for this event and is the only golfer to average a finish in the top 10 or better every tournaments this season. Charl Schwartzel will be a player to watch, coming off a runaway win in South Africa after taking a 2 month-break but mostly being present in the top 5 at Riviera in 2013 and 2014. Rory McIlroy will be making his course debut and hoping to get back on his consistent winning ways. Hideki Matsuyama will also be a player to watch and is featured atop the Power Rankings of the PGA for this tournament after his playoff win on Superbowl weekend and finished 4th on this course last year.

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Pebble Beach National Pro AM Tournament Recap – 02/15/16

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro AM 2016 Golf Tournament

With the Augusta Masters in less than 8 weeks, Vaughan Taylor took the PGA Tour world by surprise with a stunning win this Sunday. Fanpicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy Golf news of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am tournament:

Pebble Beach National Pro-AM

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend looked to be in the books entering the last round for Phil Mickelson but the fairy tale scenario happened to be in favor of Vaughan Taylor.

Taylor, who trailed Mickelson by six shots entering the final round hadn’t won in 11 years on the TOUR. He even didn’t have eligibility to play a full year on PGA Tour card since 2013.

Taylor surprised everyone at Pebble Beach on the back 9 of the last stretch where he shot 4 straight birdies to close with a 7-under 65. That finish still wasn’t enough to force Mickelson into a playoff. Then Taylor got 1 big last surprise: Mickelson missed. He entered Pebble Beach tournament ranked 407th on the Tour, this life and career changing victory also helped him automatically qualify for the prestigious Masters tournament in his hometown Augusta.

World number 1 ranked Jordan Spieth closed the tournament with a solid 66 but finished tied at the 21st spot and ending his streak of 7 straight top 10 finishes since September.

Phil Mickelson has been multiplying great performances this start of this season and validated them this weekend at Pebble Beach. He will be trying to bounce back from the heartbreak of missing a 5 foot putt in the last hole of the tournament and hopefully leave the runner up seat in the upcoming events, currently on his longest victory drought of his professional career on the Tour, his last victory dating back to the British Open in 2013.

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