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The final major of the year is here, and Royal Portrush and the whole of Northern Ireland are ready to welcome the world’s best for the Open Championship. Without seeing much of the world’s best since the US Open, it’ll be difficult to pick out players based on form. Since this course hasn’t hosted The Open since 1951, it’ll be impossible to pick based on course history. This should be a wide-open championship in some senses.
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2019 British Open Championship rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy has more top-10 finishes in the last decade of majors than anyone, and he’s routinely finishing in the top 10 anywhere he plays. Decent US Open T-9 finish. Has the course record here, and he’s had it since he was 16.
2. Jon Rahm: Rahm has been on fire of late. He put it together at the US Open to notch a good finish, even if he wasn’t a figure in the final equation. He won in Ireland for the second time in his career two weeks ago.
3. Brooks Koepka: Koepka has lost to a total of two people in three majors this year. The Open clearly isn’t his best major, but he is also clearly the best major player going right now.
4. Xander Schauffele: The X Man gets the majors. He really does. A pair of top-threes and a T-16 is a great year. He can bag his first major here.
5. Dustin Johnson: This isn’t his best season ever, not by a longshot. However, DJ has three top-10 Open finishes, and his roll-with-the-punches attitude is probably good on an unknown course.
6. Adam Scott: Scott hasn’t played much this year, per usual, but he hasn’t been outside the top 18 in his last five starts going back to the Masters. His improved putting could be huge this week.
7. Patrick Cantlay: Cantlay is going to win a major. I’m mildly surprised it hasn’t happened so far this year. He’s such a good ballstriker that he should be able to contend on an unknown quantity.
8. Tiger Woods: It’d be kind of ridiculous to leave the Masters champion out of the top 10. However, that’s probably merited. Woods has played rarely since winning the Masters, and there’s probably a reason for it.
9. Justin Rose: We haven’t seen a whole lot of Justin Rose this year. He’s played just 12 times worldwide. But his T-3 at the US Open without his best game could be indicative of something bigger if his better game appears in Northern Ireland.
10. Webb Simpson: This might come as a shock pick, but he was T-5 at the Masters and T-16 at the US Open. His game can work well enough in the wind, and his overall performance is almost as high as his career-high year from last year.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Jon Rahm – $10,600
- Adam Scott – $8,800
- Ian Poulter – $7,700
- Webb Simpson – $7,600
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – $7,500
- Bernd Wiesberger – $7,100
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