2017 British Open Championship Yahoo fantasy golf picks and tips
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2017 British Open Championship Yahoo fantasy golf picks and tips

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There are a few things every year that you can set your John Deere Classic clock to – Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson will be in contention, the winning score will fall between 16-under and 22-under, and I won't have the winner on my Yahoo. team.

2017 results? Strick and ZJ both finished T5, Bryson DeChambeau won with a score of 18-under, and he was completely absent from my squad. 3-3. Nailed it.

That said, I started my march back toward the top-100 overall Yahoo. players, although I hit a speed bump on Sunday. I held the 54-hole overnight lead in two of my three leagues, then fell back after not closing the deal. All told, it was a solid start to the comeback, and the big test lies ahead.

2017 John Deere Classic recap

Yahoo. Tournament Points – 154; Yahoo. Segment Points/Ranking – 539/26,119th; Yahoo. Season Points/Ranking – 4,039/662nd Overall

Moving up 3,000 spots in the segment and nearly 70 places in the overall ranking shouldn't be exciting, but the bleeding has stopped and I'm back to full research mode. I was up to 566th overall as of Saturday night, but had the wrong Sunday combination.

This season's third Major Championship has arrived in the form of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in England. The course has hosted huge tournaments for many decades, and this will be the 10th Open Championship on the grounds, with Padraig Harrington winning the last in 2008 with a score of 3-over 283. Checking in at less than 7,200 yards, this par-70 will test all areas of the game, and with the only par fives coming at holes 15 and 17, this 34-36 challenge could see movement in the leaderboard late in the days ahead.

Tight fairways and doglegs are the name of the game this weekend, and if the wind kicks up like it does at seemingly every Open, the scores will be high and the patience of the golfers will be tested. The Yahoo. groups are set and ready to be dissected.

2017 British Open Championship Yahoo fantasy golf picks

A Group
The opposite of last week, the strength in the field at the Open is in this group.

  • Jason Day [7] – Day simply hasn't had a good season. His three MC equals his total from the previous two seasons combined, and he has fallen to sixth in the OWGR after ending 2016 on top. Last months U.S. Open was the first major he missed the cut at since the 2012 PGA Championship, and while hes 6-6 at the Open Championship, his only top-20 came two years ago when he missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to join the playoff. There are too many good options in the group to gamble that Day will find his game on a tight course where he has no history. Fade.
  • Rickie Fowler [3] – Rickie is throwing fastballs right now, finishing in the top-10 in four of his last five worldwide starts. Of his six weekends in seven Open tries, two went for top-five finishes, including a runner-up at the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool, just down the road from Royal Birkdale. Rickie's driver has been brilliant, and he ranks eighth on Tour in SG Approach this season. Hes been due for a major victory for some time, and though hes the chalk play this week, I can see him winning, something I cant say for many others, even in the A Group. As I type this, I don't know who my A players are, but Rickie is on the short list.
  • Branden Grace [8] – Like Day, Grace hasn't backed up an excellent 2016 season with anything worth writing about. Also like Day, hes 6-6 at the Open, but Grace has only one top-35 finish. There isnt enough here to roll the dice on.
  • Bill Haas [5] – Haas is a mixed bag across the pond, as his T9 last year was his best finish in seven tries, with three going for MC. Statistically, hes a decent fit, but his ranking of 110th in Driving Accuracy scares me off. Pass.
  • Dustin Johnson [3] – He hasnt played since the U.S. Open, and hasn't made a cut since the Byron Nelson. Remember the Byron Nelson? That was two months ago. What once looked like it could be a historic season now hangs in the balance. He can win any time he plays, and this week is no different, but nothing is going his way lately. He does have three top-10s in eight Open trips, but without any kind of form and with tons of other A options, Ill save DJ and his 160th-ranked Driving Accuracy, and hope he finds his game soon. It pains me to leave him off the roster, but I feel that if he knocks the rust off, Ill have chances to use him at the PGA and/or in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
  • Marc Leishman [9] – His last six starts have gone for 13-34-15-27-17-5 and hes a notoriously strong wind player, as evidenced by his top-five Open finishes at Royal Liverpool and St. Andrews. Finding fairways is tough for Leish as well; he currently sits 127th on Tour in Driving Accuracy. Hes playing the best golf of his life this season, and at 33 years old, the time is now if he is to win a major or two. Aussies traditionally play well at the Open, so it all lines up... almost.
  • Shane Lowry [9] – I like Lowrys stat profile a lot; hits fairways, solid approach game, streaky putter. He does have a T9 at the Open three years ago, but he MC the last two years and his form is solidly in hit-or-miss mode. If the flat stick gets hot, he could contend, but I don't expect a victory this week.
  • Rory McIlroy [6] – So many decisions in Group A this week... Rors has posted MC in three of his last four starts, and couldn't find it last week at all. He enters this week 7-8 at the Open with a WIN and two other top-five finishes, so the setups don't bother him. You have to think that one of these weeks, hes going to look like the Rory of old, but we just haven't seen it since last years Tour Championship. I'm reluctantly fading him this week.
  • Louis Oosthuizen [10] – Now were talkin... former champion with a runner-up finish two years back. Straight, excellent driver of the ball. Brilliant around the greens. Whats not to like? Well, he hasn't played since the U.S. Open, and that doesn't thrill me. Since his breakthrough win in 2010, he has hit the top-10 just four times in 25 majors. Those flags are small, but they are still red. Late decision coming, but I'm leaning fade.
  • Patrick Reed [8] – Reed found his form five weeks ago and has played every week since, a grueling schedule that finally caught up to him last week at the Scottish Open. Hes 2-3 at this tournament with finishes of T20 and T12 the last two years, but I wish he would have taken a nap at some point along the way. He still cant keep it in the short grass. Fade.
  • Adam Scott [6] – Since 2004, hes 12-13 at the Open with five top-10 finishes, including 2-3-5-10 from 2012-15. No matter what the numbers look like, he always seems to rise up during this tournament. Besides a third-round 78, he had a solid tournament last week at the Scottish Open. Hes 131st in Driving Accuracy, but 15th in SG Approach, so watching him get to the green this weekend should be interesting. Scottie has posted T8-T5 at Royal Liverpool, and T16 in 2008 at this track, so the English history is there as well. This is the point in his career where a second major would grant him access to conversations about the top 20 or 30 players in history. If he doesn't finish top-10, I'd be surprised. Hes a fantastic, borderline contrarian play in the A group and I'm diving in head-first.
  • Brendan Steele [5] – To see Steele in the top-20 wouldn't be a shock, as his strength is approaching and playing around the green. That translates to success at the Open, though Steele is 0-2. He has posted T27-T13 in the two majors this season, and his generally solid play has helped his OWGR climb to 52. He doesn't appear on the verge of a major title, but Steele is a good player who fits the course and might help a DFS team win some cash.

B Group

  • Paul Casey [5] – My Magic 8 Ball says Signs Point To Yes! That's what I needed to see! Casey surprisingly has had little success at the Open, posting just three top-25 finishes in 14 attempts. One of those, however, was T7 in 2008 at Royal Birkdale after an opening 78. Casey is in top form, not looking this dangerous since the turn of the decade, and he's a beautiful statistical fit. Finishes of 6-26 in the year's first two majors don't turn me away, neither does his PGA Tour rankings of seventh in SG Approach and 43rd in Driving Accuracy. The stars are aligned, and if Casey is going to win a major, this might be his best chance. Looking for a red flag? Every Open Champion since 2009 has played somewhere the week before the tournament – Casey hasn't teed it up since his T5 at the Travelers Championship four weeks ago. I don't care – I'm in.
  • Kevin Chappell [9] – As always, he has a beautiful approach game, which should suit him well, but the lack of experience at the Open turns me away. T7-T23 in the first two majors of 2017 is solid, though. He tied for 53rd last year in his maiden Open voyage. Good player, not for my roster.
  • Charley Hoffman [6] – The Open just has never worked for him; he's just 3-6 and his best finish came in 2007 with a T35. He's playing phenomenally well lately, with recent finishes of 8-3-39 in his last three, but his erratic tee ball and lack of success cause me to fade Charley in the UK.
  • Charles Howell III [4] – You used to be able to throw CH3 back in the attic after the West Coast Swing, but not this season. He comes in riding form of 2-45-19 and has looked outstanding with his irons. He's fifth on Tour this year in Par Four Scoring, but 170th in Driving Accuracy. 170th. Hasn't played the Open since 2012, and doesn't have a top-25 in eight tries, so I'll keep him in storage this week, but won't push him too far back.
  • Kevin Kisner [2] – Statistically, he's a must-play. 10th in Driving Accuracy. 18th in SG Approach. 33rd in Par Four Scoring. Form has cooled since his runner-up at Zurich and his win at the Dean & DeLuca, but he's still making cuts and contending. Kis opened 70-72 at last year's Open before 80-76 on the weekend. I don't think he wins, but he's on my ‘B' short list, despite me only having two starts left. I like his game that much.
  • Matt Kuchar [4] – Kuchar's game would seem to mesh well with The Open – low ball flight, even temperament, gobs of experience – but he has had no success here at all. He has played six weekends in seven tries since his career rebirth, but only one has gone for a top-10 and Kooch has posted 54-58-46 the last three years. All that said, he's white hot right now, rolling in on finishes of 9-12-4-16-4 in his last five starts, including T4 last week at the Scottish Open. Royal Birkdale requires solid tee shots, and Kuchar sits 26th in SG T2G, along with 41st in Driving Accuracy. He's on the short list for inclusion this week.
  • Jamie Lovemark [8] – He's fifth on Tour in Par Four Scoring and he enters in excellent form, but without any Open experience [MC in his debut last year] he's still a few years of consistent play away from being considered a threat.
  • Jimmy Walker [7] – He's battling Lyme Disease, and while everyone is rooting for his health, I can't justify a Yahoo! spot this week. Walker is just 2-4 at the Open, and he isn't in form to make a run at a second major title.
  • Bubba Watson [10] – Don't do it.
  • Danny Willett [10] – See Watson, Bubba.

  • Phil Mickelson [8] – If any player on Earth showed up with Open finishes of 2-MC-WIN-23-20-2 in his last six trips, he would be strongly considered for any fantasy roster. Add his current form of 15-15 on the season and he would almost be a no-brainer. There's just something about this player that scares me away. Is it the tight fairways? How about the lack of a win since his 2013 Open triumph? Could it be the flake factor? No idea... but I'm not feeling Phil. He's 142nd on Tour in SG Tee, and 181st in Driving Accuracy. I think that keeps him off the podium this week. He was practicing earlier in the week without a driver, and I simply can't gamble on a guy who needs to alter his game that much... even if it is Phil.
  • Francesco Molinari [8] – If you are looking for a guy flying under the radar who could jump up and grab this tournament, Molinari is your guy. Check out these numbers second on Tour in SG Approach, third in Driving Accuracy, ninth in Par Four Scoring, and 38th in Scrambling. Guess what the decider will be for him? Yep... the putter. His nine Open attempts have yielded six weekends, but only a T9 at Muirfield in 2013 was a bright spot. He's 34 years old and ranked 19 in the latest OWGR, so the numbers work. Will the putter?
  • Ryan Moore [7] – He's in poor form, MC last week in his first event back from a shoulder injury, and he has no top-5 finishes in 36 major starts. Pass.
  • Kevin Na [10] – I like this play, but I don't know why. He's excellent on the approach and he can be magical around the greens, but his Open history of 4-6 with no top-20 doesn't excite me. Sleeper top-25 pick, but no victory this year.
  • Justin Rose [4] – Most of the puzzle pieces are there... he doesn't have a win yet this season, but T4 two weeks ago at the Irish Open and solo second at the Masters are good consolation prizes. Everyone knows he finished T4 here in 1998 as a 17-year-old amateur, and he also posted T12 here in 2007. His numbers don't look as good as past years, and he has only one other top-10 Open finish in 15 tries, but there is no way I can leave him off the roster this year... right?
  • Webb Simpson [8] – He arrives in England with beautiful form in tow, finishing 16-5-67-35-8-14 in his last six tournaments. The par-70 specialist sits ninth on Tour in Par Four Scoring and 19th in SG Approach. His five Open trips have spawned four weekends, but no top-15 finishes and an MC at Royal Liverpool are marks against him. Webb could well win something, but he has only hit the podium six times in 88 tournaments since 2014, and I don't think this is the event where he adds to that total.
  • Jordan Spieth [2] – I'll go against my own theory from the rest of this preview and fully endorse Spieth despite his miserable performance off the tee this season - 121st in Driving Accuracy and 134th in Total Driving. How he sits sixth on Tour in SG T2G is beyond me. He leads the Tour in SG Approach, ranks second in Par Four Scoring, and third in Putting Average. I don't like that he hasn't played in three weeks, but Spieth can turn it on no matter the layoff. Oh yeah, at 23 years old, he's 4-4 at the Open with a T4 two years ago after just missing the playoff. I only have two starts left, but I'm all in this week on Jordan.
  • Steve Stricker [10] – He makes an interesting case to be included, doesn't he? Strick is 12-14 at the Open with six top-25s, including T4 last year. He opened with 77 at Royal Birkdale in 2008 -- like everyone else -- and still carved out a T7. Shot 65-64 on the weekend to finish T5 last week at the John Deere, and his form has been solid for some time now. 50-year-old players don't win majors, and Strick hasn't won on Tour since 2012, but if you are looking for a guy to likely play four rounds and make your heart warm, look no further.
  • Justin Thomas [3] – He leads the Tour in Par Four Scoring despite ranking 166th in Driving Accuracy. JT is having a solid year, but his two MC recently left a sour taste in my mouth. He posted a T53 at Troon last year, and I just don't feel that he's ready to win a major. Inconsistency still plagues Thomas, and that doesn't work at the Open.
  • Hideki Matsuyama [4] – What do we do here? He's the No. 2 player in the world and already has a top-10 at the Open under his belt. His other three tours have resulted in 39-18-MC, but he's playing better this year than ever. Hideki is still just 25 years old, and he has popped for four top-10s at his last 10 majors, including runner-up at Erin Hills one month ago. Want data? He's seventh on Tour in SG T2G, eighth in GIR, and 17th in Scrambling. He simply needs to make a putt or two. Critics say he's too young to win here, but I don't think so. If he rolls a few long putts in, he could raise the Claret Jug on Sunday.

C Group

  • Daniel Berger [7] – How do you ignore a guy who has posted WIN-MC-2-5 in his last four starts? He's scorching hot and primed to become a superstar, but his game has holes. He MC in his only Open appearance at St. Andrews two years back, and he ranks just 96th in Driving Accuracy. What's the major red flag? Berger ranks 152nd in SG Around The Green [ATG] and that basically disqualifies him in my book. Since this is my book, that's my recommendation. Fade.
  • Wesley Bryan [10] – If he can find his ball after he first hits it, Bryan is set. Ranks 189th in SG Tee. I need to know nothing else at the Open. Pass.
  • Rafa Cabrera Bello [10] – RCB jumped to 17th in the OWGR by coming out of nowhere and shooting 69-64 to win last week's Scottish Open. That got him invited to Royal Birkdale, where he brings a record of four weekends in five Open tries along. He's an excellent ball-striker who doesn't do anything else at an elite level, and his MC at the Masters and the Memorial are a bit telling. I'm not jumping on this week.
  • Bryson DeChambeau [10] – The kid is an incredible talent who can play with anyone in the world when he's on -- and he's on. 26-17-14-WIN in his last four is just fantastic, and he's doing it without rest. This will be seven straight weeks on the course for the youngster. The stats mean nothing because he was plain bad before the last four weeks. He won't win his first Open attempt, but majors could be in the kid's future.
  • Jason Dufner [8] – The surprise Memorial winner has a decent Open history. he has made the weekend in each of his last five tries with three top-40 finishes. He surrounded his Memorial victory with three MC, and nobody ever really knows which Duf will show up. Not worth a gamble.
  • Tony Finau [5] – He overpowered Troon to the tune of T18 last year, but Finau will need to be more of a technician this time around. That isn't his strength, as he sits just 145th in Driving Accuracy. He also hasn't developed the necessary touch around the greens to compete every year at the Open. I'll fade Finau for this one.
  • Ross Fisher [10] – Fisher has been on boil for some time now, but doesn't seem to show up for the big events. In 25 major starts, he has just one top-10 finish, and his Open resume reads 5-9 with one top-25. That said, he hasn't played this well in eight years, and he ranks 16th on the European Tour in GIR. I'm not sure why this would be the year that he shows up at a major, so I'll fade and hope I'm right.
  • Tommy Fleetwood [10] – Fleetwood is on a tear – last four worldwide starts have given us 4-6-WIN-10. I don't care who is in the field... that's sick. He leads the European Tour in GIR and hits the top-10 in many other categories. The 26-year-old Brit made his presence known stateside by finishing fourth at the U.S. Open. He has missed the cut in each of his three Open tries so far, but I don't care. He's a new player this year, and has moved from 99th in the OWGR at the end of last year to 14th currently. If he had more Open success, I'd plug him in. If you want to play offense against the Garcias and Stensons of the group, Fleetwood is as good as any.
  • Sergio Garcia [4] – Fire it up! No letdown after winning the Green Jacket, as his five starts since have produced 30-20-12-21-2. His Open record is touched by nobody. 16-20 with 10 top-10 finishes is impeccable. Oddly enough, his worst Open showing of his 16 weekends was T51 at Royal Birkdale in 2008, posting 72-73-74-78. His stats on both Tours are elite, and he's having arguably his best season as a professional. A second major title wouldn't surprise me, and I'm committed fully to his success this week. Vaminos!
  • Brian Harman [10] – This week, Harman is the pretty girl who isn't quite hot enough to get the jocks. His form is blistering and he claims to love this setup, but his statistics don't look like Open-winning material, namely his rank of 143rd in SG Approach. I know he's been better the past month, but until he wins something, he's still Brian Harman. I'll pass.
  • Padraig Harrington [10] – The story is there. the 2008 Open winner on this course is playing well lately, finishing T4 at the Scottish Open last week. Might he finish top-20 and even lead after Round One? Sure. Will he win or help your Yahoo! team in any way? No. Sorry.
  • Tyrrell Hatton [10] – His form has dropped off a cliff, posting MC in his last four starts. T5 last year was his only weekend in five Open tries. Next!
  • Russell Henley [7] – Here's another American arriving with a top-five finish in the last few weeks, who plays par fours well, but doesn't do anything else with brilliance. 2-4 at the Open doesn't do it for me, and neither does his rank of 95th in SG Approach. He's a phenomenal putter and a good driver, but getting close to the pin has been a problem. He has a nice game for this course, but I'd look elsewhere for a top-five finish.
  • J.B. Holmes [9] – Anytime the driver is negated, Holmes should stay home. Last year, Troon was dominated by length, and he bashed his way to a T3. His other seven Open appearances have been ugly, as JB has made only two cuts. His T9 two weeks ago at the Greenbrier was only his second top-10 since last year's Open. He doesn't need length this week and that eliminates him completely.
  • Billy Horschel [9] – Why is a solid ball-striker only 1-4 at the Open? Not sure... but when he's on, he can win anywhere. The 2014 FedEx Cup Champion posted a surprise victory at the Byron Nelson off of three straight MC, proving once again that his form doesn't matter whatsoever. I simply don't trust him to make the cut, otherwise I'd roll the dice.
  • Zach Johnson [7] – ZJ will be 75 years old and still finishing top-10 at the John Deere. He did it again last week, posting a T5 after not finishing that high in any tournament since the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational. He seems to love the Open, cashing in with 16-9-6-47-WIN-12 in his last six tries. His T51 at Royal Birkdale in 2008 doesn't really matter, but he played the weekend in 76-76. Before last week, I would have devoted one sentence to ZJ before dismissing him. now, I gave him five before posting my fade.
  • Martin Kaymer [10] – He's been a mess internationally of late, MC in three of his last five starts. He never has figured out the Open format, and while he's 8-9 in his career, his T7 in 2010 remains his only top-10. Move along.
  • Si Woo Kim [10] – He's been a total mess since winning The Players Championship, posting finishes of MC-WD-13-MC-MC. This is his first Open trip. That's all. Fade.
  • Brooks Koepka [7] – It's hard to believe I'm writing off the U.S. Open Champion, but I am. He hasn't played since, and that's never good leading into the Open. T10 two years ago is his only Open success in three tries, but that doesn't much matter now. His statistics look awful, but you have to remember that his season had been an inconsistent mess before Erin Hills. He will win more majors, just not this one.
  • Anirban Lahiri [10] – Lahiri has played the Open four times with nothing inside the top-30, but he looks different lately. After a midseason swoon, he finished runner-up at the Memorial and has had two solid outings since. I don't think he has played enough to seriously consider rostering him this week, but four rounds and moderate contention wouldn't shock me.
  • Alex Noren [10] – Many had high hopes for Noren's major chances this season, but he's 0-2 and didn't look good at either. He also blew up for a 76 in round two last week to MC at the Scottish Open. That's two strikes. 3-6 with two top-25s isn't bad, but the ninth-ranked player in the world ranks 219th on the European Tour in Driving Accuracy. 219th! Just in front of someone named Zander Lombard. Strike Three, Alex.
  • Thorbjorn Olesen [10] – He's an excellent tactician on and around the greens, which should translate into success this week. Ranked 83rd in the world, Olesen has found his form lately, finishing in the top-eight in three of his last seven starts. Just 27 years old, he seems to finally be healthy and he has the skill to become a force for several decades. I'm cheering for his success, but he won't be on my team.
  • Thomas Pieters [9] – Pieters has been all-or-nothing lately, either posting MC or top-15 finishes in his last four starts. For me, he arrived after winning the NCAA Individual Championship in 2012, but the rest of the world watched him dazzle Augusta with a T4. I rostered him that week and wasn't disappointed. While nobody else in ‘C' stuck out to me that week, this is a loaded group at the Open and I'm leaning on more experienced veterans. T30 in his first Open last year suggests he will contend many times.
  • Ian Poulter [10] – Nope. I can't. His form is great, arriving with eight weekends in a row and two top-10s in his suitcase, and I know he led on Sunday at the 2008 Open before finishing four shots behind Padraig Harrington. Like Horschel, I just don't trust IJP. I actually like the guy a lot, and I hope he plays well, but I can't. Nope.
  • Jon Rahm [4] – Can Rahm manage his temper enough to compete here? I don't need to justify picking him because he's among the elite in the game. He finished T59 last year in his first Open, but he's JON RAHM now. His schedule is uncertain, but I might need all four of his starts down the stretch from this lousy ‘C' group, so I'll save one here and probably watch him win by five shots.
  • Charl Schwartzel [10] – He's a total enigma. Has as many top-10 finishes [4] as MC this season. Hasn't played since MC at the U.S. Open. Charl is typically a machine in huge events. since bursting onto the scene in 2010, he has posted top-25 at 16 of the 30 majors, and his WGC record is phenomenal. He just hasn't played much lately, and I don't want to take the chance at another fluke MC.
  • Kyle Stanley [7] – Solid form, elite ball-striker, beautiful stats. Is he ready to take the next step? He'll be in the fairway [15th in Driving Accuracy] and he'll get to the green [second in GIR] but will he make enough putts? Who knows, but if you don't want to play the big boys, you can't do much better than Stanley as a fallback.
  • Henrik Stenson [8] – He seems to have shaken off the midseason blues, posting finishes of 16-3-26-MC-10-26 in his last six starts. The defending Champion has three other Open podium finishes and one was a T3 here in 2008, where he opened with 76. His stats don't really matter as long as his form is decent. Before this year, he hit the top-25 in 12 out of his last 15 major finishes, and I think he's close to being back. That's good enough for me.
  • Andy Sullivan [10] – I love this play, purely on form and history. 30-8-51-13-20-9 in his last six starts is solid, and coupled with T30-T12 in his two Open runs, you have converging trends, which I love to type. Just sounds neat. He has long been a phenomenal ball-striker, so if he can hole a few putts, he'll be on the dance floor come Sunday.
  • Peter Uihlein [10] – Up and down and all over. I have no trust in him at all. Pass.
  • Lee Westwood [10] – I know he's only 44, but I feel like Westy's time has passed. He has won just two tournaments in the last five years, and he's down to No. 57 on the OWGR. Everyone knows of his major championship prowess. 11 top-five finishes without a win. If he looked better or had any success at this course – T64 in 1998 and T67 in 2008 – I'd look harder. I just don't need to anymore, and I'm sad about it.
  • Bernd Wiesberger [10] – He's 2-4 at the Open with nothing better than T64. I know he's playing solid golf, but that gets me a T37 and nothing more. Carry on.

2017 British Open Championship Yahoo roster

*denotes First Round Starter

  • A – Rickie Fowler* and Adam Scott
  • B – Jordan Spieth*, Justin Rose*, Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama
  • C – Henrik Stenson* and Sergio Garcia

Final Notes

The lineup and roster will be fluid until lock time. I don't like having two A players from the same wave, but I feel strongly about both. I also have three B players starting in the AM, and I'm not wild on that.

There aren't many players that I truly like to rise above the crowd, but I rostered most of those who I believe in. Spieth, Rose, Garcia and Stenson could all add to their trophy case, but I think the winner is one of the other four on my team. Soctt or Casey would be where my dollars would flow, but Matsuyama and Fowler are right there. Wind and weather will play a factor, without doubt.

On the sleeper side, Kisner, Stanley, Olesen and Sullivan should all see the weekend, and a top-10 out of any or all of them would make me happy.

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About the author

Joe Book

Joe is a freelance writer based outside Chicago with a lifelong passion for golf, both real and fantasy. He has played in various fantasy golf leagues for nearly 20 years, and has had great success in the Yahoo! and One-And-Done formats - Joe finished in the top-200 overall on the Yahoo! game in both 2014 and 2015.

Joe has had writings published by many prominent web outlets and is formerly a sports journalist for the Peoria Times-Observer in Peoria, IL. Joe's real jobs are as a financial planner by day and a disc jockey by night. He graduated from Bradley University in 2001 and received his graduate certificate from the College for Financial Planning in 2016. He will complete his Master’s Degree in 2017. Joe lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and two children. He can be reached by email at josephbook@hotmail.com or on Twitter at @commishjoe