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2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open Primer: Field, TV, Odds

The 12th edition of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Open will return to En-Joie Golf Club, which hosted the PGA TOUR’s B.C. Open from 1972-2005.

The 78-player field includes six of the top-10 players in the Charles Schwab Cup, including defending champion Scott McCarron, who currently sits fifth in the standings.

Paul Goydos
Paul Goydos tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie GC on July 10, 2016 in Endicott, NY. Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

THE SKINNY

Tournament: DICK’s Sporting Goods Open
Dates: Aug. 17-19, 2018
Where: Endicott, New York
Golf Course: En-Joie Golf Club
Distance: Par 72, 6,974 yards
Course Designer: Ernie Smith (1927)
Format: 54-holes, stroke play, no cut
Purse: $2,050,000
Winner: $307,500
Defending Champion: Scott McCarron
Headliners: McCarron, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, David Toms, Kenny Perry, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Goydos, John Daly


GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE

(all times EST)
FRI: 6:00-8:00 pm (tape delay)
SAT: 3:00-5:00 pm (live)
SUN: 3:00-5:00 pm (live)


THE FIELD: OVERVIEW

Kenny Perry will compete in Endicott fresh off his win at the 3M Championship, and Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his first start since winning The Senior Open Championship, his second major victory of the season.

Scott McCarron returns to defend his 2017 title, and he will be joined by seven other past champions of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.

John Daly
John Daly on the 8th fairway during the first round of the Champions Tour’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie GC on July 8, 2016 in Endicott, NY. Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Marquee European players joining Jimenez include Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, and Paul Broadhurst, while the American contingent is led by Perry, U.S. Senior Open champion David Toms and fan favorite John Daly.


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TOP 10 FAVORITES

1. Bernhard Langer 4-1
2. Miguel Angel Jimenez 6-1
3. Scott McCarron 9-1
4. Kevin Sutherland 11-1
5. David Toms 16-1
6. Colin Montgomerie 18-1
6. Kenny Perry 18-1
8. Bob Estes 25-1
8. Brandt Jobe 25-1
8. Joe Durant 25-1
8. Paul Broadhurst 25-1


DEFENDING CHAMPION

Scott McCarron posted a final-round 8-under 64, highlighted by three-straight closing birdies, to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open by a stroke over Kevin Sutherland.

McCarron was down one shot to Sutherland, as he entered the final three-hole stretch, but tied it up with a birdie on the par-4 16th. The then 52-year old took the outright lead with a 12 footer on the par-3 17th, and capped off the comeback with a 16 foot birdie on the 18th to finish at 20-under 196.

Scott McCarron
Scott McCarron poses with the trophy after winning the 2017 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie GC in Endicott, NY. Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

“To go low like I did the last couple days, I’ve never played that kind of golf for two days,” McCarron said. “My hat’s off to Kevin. He played such good golf, and it just got to be match play. It was like we were back in high school playing against each other. It was so much fun.”

The win was McCarron’s third of the year.

Joey Sindelar (69), John Daly (66), and Woody Austin (68) tied for third at 13 under. Bernhard Langer (69) was alone in sixth at 12 under.

FINAL TOP 5

1. Scott McCarron -20
2. Kevin Sutherland -19
3. John Daly -13
3. Woody Austin -13
3. Joey Sindelar -13


THE COURSE: EN-JOIE GOLF CLUB

En-Joie Golf Club is a tour-tested championship layout, nestled along the banks of the Susquehanna River in Endicott, NY.

En-Joie Golf Course
A view of En-Joie GC’s 18th green during the final round of the Champions Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on August 17, 2014 in Endicott, NY. Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Opened in 1927, the Ernie Smith design is an old-school, traditional layout that continues to stand the test of time.

Home to the PGA Tour’s BC Open from 1972 through 2005, En-Joie boasts champions such as Tom Kite, John Daly, Brad Faxon and Craig Stadler. Since 2007, En-Joie has annually hosted the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Recent winners from the senior circuit tournament include John Huston, Bernhard Langer, Jeff Maggert, and most recently Scott McCarron.

The golf course is located just five minutes off of Route 17 / I-86 in south central New York State, and just 10 miles west of downtown Binghamton (NY).

EASIEST HOLE: The 545-yard, par-5 12th has ranked as the easiest hole nine of the 10 years. Last year, the hole yielded seven eagles and 92 birdies against just seven bogeys or worse, and it played to a 4.573 average.

HARDEST HOLE: In 2017, the 441-yard 11th hole was the hardest hole (4.194), yielding just 23 birdies against 54 bogeys and seven double bogeys. Overall, it was the 48th-hardest hole on Tour last year.

NOTEWORTHY HOLES: Nos. 13-15 is considered En-Joie’s toughest three-hole stretch. During the tournament’s 11-year history, this trio of holes have been among the course’s five toughest every year.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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