The Open Championship Prediction
The Open Championship golf tournament (known stateside as the British Open) is set for July 19-22 at Carnoustie Golf Club in Angus, Scotland. That means it’s time to pick your optimal fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Open Championship 2018 lineup looks like:
Carnoustie is said to be playing unusually firm and fast thanks to a recent dry spell. Sounds like it’s right in DJ’s wheelhouse. Look for Dustin to unleash driver after driver on a normally tough links layout that’s been rendered a tad defenseless against a bomber who also possesses a surprising level of touch and precision.
Lest you forget, the reigning two-time U.S. Open champ cut his teeth in Europe, which should make him a perennial threat at the Open thanks to his prodigious skill set. His last two Open Championship finishes: T6 and T10. He hasn’t missed a cut at a major in his last 16 appearances. A lot to like about DJ Version 2.0.
Here are Reed’s last three major finishes: 4th (U.S. Open), 1st (Masters), T2 (2017 PGA Championship). Throw in his 2016 Ryder Cup heroics, and the guy’s building a bulldog rep at the big events. That kind of grit will serve him well amid the course vagaries, wind gusts and hostile crowds he’ll encounter at the Open.
The 2015 Open champion looks like a steal at this price. And he’s far from a one-hit wonder across the pond; he’s finished T16 or better in six of his last seven Opens. He’s missed only one cut in 15 starts in 2018.
A glance at Bradley’s stats show these somewhat shocking under-the-radar numbers: 1st on Tour in ball striking; 11th in driving accuracy; 12th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. The guy’s striping it right now, and he has a T7 at The Players on his 2018 ledger. He missed the Open last year but finished in the top 20 in three of his previous four appearances.
The Frenchman has a Ryder Cup spot in his sights — a “home game” in Paris this year — and buoyed by his nation’s World Cup win, he should be particularly motivated to hear “La Marseillaise” played in his honor. Those intangibles aside, he’s playing well this year, with a win and three other top 10s in Europe.