Nightery Gaming: U.S. Open

Nightery Gaming: U.S. Open

This article is part of our Nightery Gaming series.

U.S. Open

It's U.S. Open Week! 

Once again, RotoWire has partnered with Nightery to host a contest for all of you. Join the fun and invite your friends to play against our team in what is sure to be an epic weekend at The Country Club in Brookline.

This week's contest is limited to 100 entries at $10 per entry.

In order to join in on the fun, follow these simple steps:

  • Download the Nightery App and create an account: RotoWire on Nightery
  • Search invitations for: RotoWire

Nightery takes all the hassle out of community gaming for real money. With a few formats to choose from for each PGA event, hosts can invite, chat, transact and facilitate contests -- all within a single mobile app. To get started, download the Nightery app and select 'Create Contest.' Select the parameters for your game, invite your friends via the app itself and pay attention all weekend to the live leaderboard!

 THE BREAKDOWN

Brookline, as The Country Club is often called, has a steep history. The club was one of the five charter members of the United States Golf Association back in 1895. In 1913 U.S. Open at Brookline, 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet stunned the golf world by beating English giants Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to trigger the golf boom in the United States. And then there was the 1999 Ryder Cup in which the U.S. stormed back on Sunday and winning when Justin Leonard made his famous putt on the 17th hole. 

The 2013 U.S. Amateur won by Matt Fitzpatrick was held here, and then Gil Hanse and his design group began a multi-year restoration of the venerable course. There are 27 holes on the property, and a composite of the main 18 and secondary 9 will be used this week. 

The Country Club is much short than last year's uber-long Torrey Pines. It's under 7,300 yards. With dog legs and narrow fairways, staying away from the big-time U.S. Open rough is critical. It also will make it possible to stop the ball on the tiny greens that average only 4,400 square feet. There's also thick rough around the greens, unlike at the PGA Championship, and some deep bunkers. The greens tilt from back to front with many runoffs. There's water on four holes in the middle of the round.

So we are looking at conservative players who are happy to take par and move to the next hole. There will not be many birdie chances. No. 5 is a drivable 310 yards. There are only two par-5s. 

Brookline has some very flat holes, where horse racing was a feature in the early days of the club in the 1880s. At other holes, there are severe undulations created around the natural rock formations. The golfers will face many blind shots. 

As in many major championships, missing in the right place will be paramount.

THE DETAILS

The construct for the RotoWire game on Nightery is simple: Select 10 golfers from the field, which is grouped into different tiers. The best five golfers in your lineup add up to create your total score, with the remaining five counting as tiebreakers.

To enter, take the following steps.

  1. Download the Nightery mobile app: RotoWire on Nightery
  2. Open the app and create an account
  3. Search Invitations: RotoWire
  4. Deposit funds and purchase a $10 entry
  5. Make your picks prior to the first tee time Thursday
  6. Invite your friends to play too!

Lineups are available to be selected once the full field is announced, which is typically Tuesdays around lunchtime. 

Anyone can host a game. To purchase an entry, you must be 18 years or older and physically located in one of the following states: AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, WI, WV, WY.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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