2017 British Open Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2017 British Open Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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Looking for 2017 British Open Championship picks, either for betting or fantasy golf games like DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Golf Channel or the PGA Tour?

We have your 2017 British Open Championship rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season. However, this week, marking the third major of the year, is one of the most special weeks of the year -- not only in terms of prestige but also in terms of money up for grabs in fantasy contests!

The Open is here! This is my favorite major championship because it's a different brand of golf than we see pretty much every week of the year here in the United States. It's also becoming a nostalgic major in a way the Masters should be, with older players breaking through or having a last hoorah -- with the noted exception of Rory McIlroy in 2014.

Royal Birkdale hosts again, with the last three winners being world-class ballstrikers in Ian Baker-Finch, Mark O'Meara and Padraig Harrington.

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2017 British Open Championship rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Dustin Johnson - Despite the US Open thud, DJ is still the best player on the planet. He also has one of the best Open records in the last five years. Probably could've had one of these (2011) by now.

2. Sergio Garcia - I'm very high on Sergio this week. It's hard not to love his Open record, and he played great in Germany after an OK US Open.

3. Hideki Matsuyama - Matsuyama is starting to get his game back, and I loved what I saw in a T-14 at Portstewart. That T-2 at the US Open is a sign of things more major consistency after last year.

4. Jordan Spieth - Spieth's Open record does not stand out in a meaningful way. However, he can play in the wind (he's from Texas, you know) and is the rare modern player who can turn modest form into a good score.

5. Jon Rahm - After a few hot-head performances at Memorial and the US Open, Rahm played great in France and then obliterated the field at Portstewart. Getting off to a good start is a MUST for his temper.

6. Rickie Fowler - Richard has been playing well of late. He did finish T-3 at the National, and you could call it a back-door top-three, if those existed. Fowler handles wind well, if it comes.

7. Tommy Fleetwood - Fleetwood has been playing brilliant golf for months. This is practically a home game for him (it is home nation).

8. Brooks Koepka - Koepka had planned to take off the month between the Opens, so we're guessing a little here. But Kopeka has been back to work on getting ready for his first start as a major champion. Has to be riding high.

9. Rory McIlroy - In concept and on paper, Rory McIlroy is more accomplished and talented than pretty much anyone in the field. But, he has struggled of late, and he can't seem to find the right putter (or putting stroke for him).

10. Justin Rose - Rose looked great at Portstewart, which was a nice turnaround after struggling in May and June with injury. Rose has a special connection with Birkdale, if you'll recall.

My DraftKings lineup for this week:

We'll have several this week, but this is our A-lineup:

  1. Tommy Fleetwood - $9,800
  2. Hideki Matsuyama - $9,500
  3. Rickie Fowler - $9,200
  4. Francesco Molinari - $7,300
  5. Matt Kuchar - $7,200
  6. Brandt Snedeker - $6,800

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