Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Open Championship - Fantasy Picks

The Open Championship:
Location: Scotland/England
Course: Muirfield
Par: 71
Length: 7,192 yards
Prize Pool: $7,920,000
Last Years Champion: Ernie Els

As the oldest of golfs four major championships, and the only one to be held outside the United States, this event always attracts the attention of golfers worldwide.  As with any major event, all the top contenders will be in attendance, fighting for their spot atop the podium and their share of the $8 million prize purse.  

Graham DeLaet:  On pace for a career best season (which I predicted in my article several months ago '2013 PGA Tour Predictions'), he played amazing last week at the John Deere Classic, unfortunately losing in a lengthy playoff.  He shared eighth place at the AT&T National the week before, which has put him in the top 10 each of his last three outings (six top tens for the season).

Jason Day: In his past 9 major starts, Jason Day has finished second three times and third once.  He's had a great season so far in 2013, and he'd undoubtedly love to add a major victory to his list of accomplishments.  

Bill Haas: Playing consistently as of late, he followed his title at the AT&T National with a T9 at The Greenbrier Classic. He currently leads the PGA Tour with eight top 10s and I expect he'll add one more this week at Muirfield.  He tied for 19th in last year's Open Championship.

Tiger Woods:  The three-time Open champ tied for third last year. He has four victories in 2013, including THE PLAYERS. Many are considering Tiger to be the favorite heading into The Open, and I definitely have him down as a top contender.  

Graeme McDowell:  Another player who's been playing well this season with three victories in his last eight starts is Graeme McDowell.  Unfortunately, they are accompanied by missed cuts in the other five events.  If he's able to raise to the occasion, I expect to see great things this week, where he'll be looking to improve on his T5 last year.

Here's a look at my completed fantasy picks:

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This article was written by Scott Stevens (@ScottStevensESG) and is part of the Eat Sleep Golf -Fantasy Golf series which focuses on introducing upcoming PGA Tour events as well as evaluating the field of players. We encourage you to comment below and/or join in the conversation with us on Twitter using#FantasyGolf. Be sure to connect with us @EatSleepGolf