The third week of July is arguably the most important of the golfing year — depending on which side of the pond you reside. The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since 2008 and while all eyes will be on the big names there are plenty of ancillary characters looking to make their mark on the history books over the next four days.

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It seems like every year the John Deere Classic turns in one of the year’s most dramatic finishes. While time will tell what this season’s installment of the John Deere will bring, it guarantees to be a thriller. As the last chance for many of the Tour’s bright young stars to qualify for next week’s Open Championship, there’s plenty on the line for young stud and wily veteran alike. 

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Ahh, yes! Masters week. The most wonderful time of the year! The easiest tournament of the year to handicap for layman and an absolute layup for the all-seeing, all-knowing Golfstradamus!

This week, the weather in Augusta looks a little rough, which means there will be a shake up on the leader board and scores in the low single digits.

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2016 RSM ClassicSea Island, Georgia – The PGA Tour returns to Davis Love III‘s home turf this week for the playing of the 2016 RSM Classic.

As with other events in the early going of the 2016-2017 wrap around season, none of the worlds elite players are in the field this week. Some are resting after a busy 2016. Others are in Dubai for the European Tour’s season-ending event.

Still there are FedEx Cup points available and a chance for a year or career defining victory.

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2016 Ryder Cup Friday FoursomesChaska, Minnesota – 2016 Ryder Cup Friday Foursomes Predictions for September 30th:

2016 Ryder Cup Friday Foursomes – Match One

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson (Europe)

Based on past Ryder Cup performance, this sets up well for the Europeans. Rose and Stenson are a combined 6-2-2 in Ryder Cup foursomes play, and were 3-0-0 as a team in 2014. The American duo of Spieth and Reed, meanwhile have never won a foursome’s match.

This edge is offset somewhat by form and health issues. Spieth and Reed were both relatively sharp in the PGA Tour playoffs, both reaching the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Neither Rose nor Stenson qualified for the final stage, Rose due to uninspired play and the big Swede due to injury.

Predicted result – Halve

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