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The next major won't be played for another nine months, but now is not the time to stress about such matters. It's The Open week, back after a one-year hiatus, and we have plenty of content and analysis to break down and preview the action at Royal St. George's.
Shane Lowry finally gets a chance to defend the Open title he won two years ago at Royal Portrush, while the English links host the world's oldest major for the first time since Darren Clarke lifted the Claret Jug in 2011. The rough is up already this week and the winds are expected to blow, meaning that we could be in for a rather unpredictable week in an event that has already seen 16 players withdraw because of travel or COVID-19 issues.
Fresh off his U.S. Open victory, Jon Rahm is a clear betting favorite this week in England as he looks to become the seventh player to win both majors in the same year. The team breaks down Rahm's chances and more in the latest installment of "Going for the Green," a livestream show that will re-air this week on Peacock and leaves no stone unturned.
We've got all the written info and analysis you'll need to set your lineups and place your bets this week, including Josh Culp's thorough course preview of one of the quirkiest courses in the Open rota. Jordan Spieth is sure to be a popular bet this week and headlines the players to consider for outright selections, but longshots could be the name of the game on a course where Clarke and Ben Curtis have won each of the last two outings at Royal St. George's. Patrick McDonald offers his thoughts on head-to-head selections as well as potential targets for who could be leading after a blustery opening round while Alex Noren is a name to watch in the prop market.
We also have things covered for DFS players, with customized breakdowns for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo platforms. There's also our breakdown of the head-to-head matchups in the Golf Pick 'Em game, a free-to-play contest in the NBC Sports Predictor app where the jackpot has increased this week to $100,000. Our Edge Driver tools for premium EDGE+ Max subscribers are also available to break down the data, where Spieth's name once again bubbles to the surface.
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As the opening tee time nears, we'll take a look at some of the notable line moves and significant bets that have helped shape the pre-tournament market. There's also another Tour event this week in Kentucky, and we also offer some insight into the field at the Barbasol Championship.
The analysis won't stop once the first ball goes in the air. After each round at The Open we'll offer insight on the updated odds to win, as well as some plays and live bets to consider heading into the next day's action.
Add in our array of video analysis, from bets and DFS tips to Will Gray's weekly segment on the "Bet the Edge" podcast, and you'll have all the angles covered this week with the Claret Jug up for grabs in England.