DFS Yahoo Golf Talk: The 150th Open

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The Home of Golf is set to host the 150th Open this week. That, of course, is The Old Course at St. Andrews.

The course has centuries of history but even as the most-frequented Open venue, we still have just a one-event sample over the last 10 years. That was the 2015 edition where we saw Zach Johnson hoist the hardware in a Monday finish.

Instead of looking at course history specifically, let's dive into some details of the course to see if the stats can lead us in the right direction.

Par 4s Galore

The Old Course at St. Andrews is very unique in the way it is routed.

The scorecard has just two par 3s and two par 5s. That resulted in a whopping 14 holes that are par 4s.

Let's see who has feast on the par 4s since the start of the year, using the NBC Sports EDGE+ Driver Tool. Here are the top par-4 performers, compared to the field:

Rory McIlroy
Justin Thomas
Shane Lowry
Jon Rahm
Scottie Scheffler
Matt Fitzpatrick
Cameron Young
Xander Schauffele
Will Zalatoris
Hideki Matsuyama
Brian Harman
Cameron Smith
Sungjae Im
Seamus Power
Corey Conners

Shane Lowry ($35): It can be easy to take a star-heavy approach on Yahoo with the way their pricing is set up. They lure you into taking a few minimum-priced options which opens up the top of the board. If you want to consider a contrarian build approach, try to go with a more balanced attack. Lowry sets up well for that approach as he's third on this list but sits around the middle of the salary sheet. He won the 2019 Open Championship and backed that up with a T12 last year.

Slow Greens

With windy conditions and a links course, the ball-striking scales tip a little to the approach side.

Many of the top performers in the past at The Renaissance Club have been GIR machines.

Here are the top performers in GIR compared to the field, over the last 12 lead-in rounds:

Jon Rahm
Xander Schauffele
Justin Thomas
Tommy Fleetwood
Aaron Wise
Cameron Smith
Collin Morikawa
Joaquin Niemann
Jordan Spieth
Viktor Hovland
Max Homa
Talor Gooch
Tony Finau
Tyrrell Hatton
Matt Fitzpatrick

We can also look at slow-green performance compared to their baseline. Here are the leaders in that:

Brandon Wu
Aaron Wise
Tommy Fleetwood
Garrick Higgo
Stewart Cink
Joaquin Niemann
Max Homa
Dean Burmester
John Catlin
Emiliano Grillo
Kevin Kisner
Talor Gooch
Kurt Kitayama
Alexander Bjork
Robert MacIntyre

Names that show up on both lists include Tommy Fleetwood, Aaron Wise, Joaquin Niemann, Max Homa, and Talor Gooch.

Tommy Fleetwood ($30): The Englishman circles The Open at the start of every year. It's the major that would likely mean the most to him to win. He arrives off a top 5 at the Scottish Open and should enjoy the slow greens which are prepped at 10.5 to 11 feet on the stimp this week.

Hopefully, these stats will give you some names to dive into when it comes to researching your final selections this week over at Yahoo!