Last Week: 154 pts
Yahoo Rank: 87%
Overall Pts: 4030 pts
The folks at Yahoo Fantasy Golf decided to make it difficult for us this week. The distribution of golfers across the A, B and C lists is cruel. The A list has nothing, the B list is mediocre and the C list has all the juice.
My strategy for the Open Championship is similar to the USOpen picks. The last 15 majors have been won by different golfers. And the Open has a history of unexpected winners (Cink, Oosthuizen & Clarke are the last 3 winners). Looking at the world top 5, I can’t see Luke Donald making the cut, Tiger Woods, who knows, Rory McIlroy, I’m not taking the chance, and Webb Simpson is changing diapers. That leaves Lee Westwood, who had a great window a couple of years ago but didn’t take advantage of it.
I am leaning on players who have never won a major before. Only two of my picks are previous major winners and I expect they will contend.
The A list is terrible, mostly guys who never do well at the Open. I am starting my preseason pick for the Open, Sergio Garcia. He always plays well at the Open and might finally make it this year. I’ll bench Adam Scott. He isn’t much of a factor playing in Britain, but better than the rest of the choices.
I’m passing on the four biggest names on the B list: Woods, Bubba, Rory and Mahan. Tiger might play like his old self, but I’d rather save his starts for later in the season. I’m starting two players I think will contend: Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson. On the bench I’m going with Rickie Fowler. He has some good results from the past two Opens, so I expect he can contend. And in case Lee Westwood finally wins his major, he gets the bench.
I’m playing two previous major winners, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell. Both have played well this season and impressed in the USOpen. There are several more interesting options: Martin Laird, Peter Hansen, Francesco Molinari and Anders Hansen. My sleeper pick is Jbe Kruger, but I can’t take the chance on playing him with Harrington and McDowell available.
Start: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Padraig Harrington
Bench: Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell