The favorites took an ass whooping at last month’s major but things should be a bit easier for the Open Championship.
The course will be fairer than Shinnecock was but expect punishing rough if you miss fairways, unforgiving road-hole bunkers and I’m sure all four rounds won’t be free of either windy conditions or rain.
The fantasy golf picks below are guys that will be in the upper tier of salary cap pricing for DraftKings Fantasy Golf Millionaire Contest. They are guys that you can build a team around that have a great shot at winning but probably won’t win since we’ve narrowed down who will win the Open Championship here.
Top Fantasy Picks For The British Open 2018
Spieth’s putting has become so bad that he has gone from almost a guaranteed top ten to just crossing our fingers he makes the cut. Spieth still has the ability to win a major but his putting woes need to vanish for him to be a true favorite. I trust him as a fantasy golf pick for my Millionaire Contest team but his price tag may keep me from putting him in a bunch of lineups.
Rory’s 1st ever major (and PGA Tournament) was the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie where he finished in 42nd. He went pro the next year and we all know the rest. Rory hasn’t been playing particularly well lately but it is a major and the magic from the past should steer him back to a top 10 finish.
I love having Matsuyama in my fantasy lineups because he always seems undervalued compared to other top golfers. He is currently on a streak of seven Top 20 finishes at a major dating back to 2016 and has the ability to win a major (and will at some point). You should make sure to have Matsuyama in some lineups, if not most of them.
Thomas has been pretty average since the Masters after a torrid start to the year jacked him up to #1 in the world. He has since dropped a bit and is still a solid pick in any tournament that he enters but I don’t see him taking on some of the other big names at the Open this year and winning it outright.
Reed surprised a lot of people winning the Masters and then was in contention for the US Open. Reed’s playing really well and a win at Carnoustie isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but even though I like others to win the Claret Jug this year, Reed will be a fixture in a bunch of my fantasy lineups.
Garcia has had a rough 2018 for his majors but I have him on here because of 2007. When the Open was last played at Carnoustie, Garcia basically had it won and then lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. It was his closest major victory (until he finally won one last year) and one that he may want back.