It’s that time of year again when the best golfers in the world assemble in Britain for the 3rd major of the year, in pursuit of the Claret Jug.
Last year’s event was denied the chance to see Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy go head to head on a links course. Although, the emergence of Jason Day and Dustin Johnson since then as world numbers 1 and 2 respectively gives this year’s Open Championship an added dimension. Johnson will be hoping to follow up his US Open win with a strong performance in Scotland, while Day as the top ranked player in the world will want to add to his solitary major title.
The 145th Open takes place at Royal Troon and the course is an interesting test of both skill and patience. The first 6 holes on the course are laid out to be the birdie holes, however all will depend on the conditions. As in most Open Championships, the weather will play a huge part in deciding who the winner will be, with early tee times also potentially being a key factor.
Tyrell Hatton, Nicolas Colsaerts, Matteo Manassero and Richie Ramsey took the final Open spots at last week’s Scottish Open, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they or winner Alex Noren continued their good form into the major.
We look at some of the contenders for a spot in your PlayON Daily Fantasy Golf team:
High Priced Options
Dustin Johnson (£21.8m): The American finally broke his major duck last month at the US Open and has quite a good record in the Open. He finished second in 2011 to Darren Clarke and was the midpoint leader last year before falling away. Johnson was spotted playing Portmarnock GC and The Island GC in Ireland last week and is confident he can win at Troon.
Rickie Fowler (£20.6m): Fowler has endured a mixed season compared to his usual high standards, but always relishes a links test. The popular 28 year old won the AAM Scottish Open in 2015 and will be looking to add his first major to an already distinguished PGA career.
Mid Priced Options
Danny Lee (£14.8m): PGA Tour player Lee decided to get some competitive action on the links last week at Castle Stuart and his strong performance must be a good omen for the week coming. If the New Zealander can hold his nerve on the greens, he could be an excellent mid-priced option for your PlayON team.
Graeme McDowell (£11.0m): The world number 74 has been having somewhat of a resurgent season and is always a threat in difficult conditions. McDowell knows how to lead from the front and will have a strong following behind him as always.
Low Priced Options
Ernie Els (£8.0m): A surprise pick considering the yips that he suffered from at The Masters in April. Els will feel much more comfortable in Scotland and with two Open Championships to his name – a decade apart – his calibre on links courses speaks for itself. He is a great value pick at just £8.0 million.
Matteo Manassero (£6.9m): It was great to see Manassero back to his old self in Scotland last week and at just 23, the Italian is still one of the most exciting prospects on the European Tour. While winning the Claret Jug may be unlikely, Manassero is capable of putting in a solid performance at Troon this week.