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Disclaimer: Play at your own risk. You will almost certainly lose money on average, and I find golf to be more of a crap shoot than other sports. Also, my lineups will certainly be influenced by my own biases – players I like to cheer for, players I hate to cheer for, etc. But since you are here anyway…
Here are the lineups I am going with for the Open Championship (updated on Wednesday).
- Jordan Spieth ($11,700) – Any of the top four (Day, DJ, Rory, and Spieth) are worth the price, just rolling the dice and going with Spieth this week.
- Branden Grace ($9,700) – Playing well, and 5/5 cuts made in The Open Championship.
- Louis Oosthuizen ($9,000) – I almost didn’t pick him as I had to jump back and forth between tabs to try and spell his name right…but as a past winner, with a 2nd last year, I had to try to get him into the lineup.
- Marc Leishman ($7,400) – 2nd and 5th in the last two years at The Open Championship. Great price.
- Danny Lee ($6,300) – It was scary to watch him putt on Sunday at the Scottish Open, but at $6,300, he is worth the risk (plus, I have a theory that putting woes in one week are not predictive for the following week, while solid iron play is; just a theory for now, to be tested further in future weeks).
- Colt Knost ($5,900) – Big Gravy with a late invite to the The Open…yes please.
- Rory McIlroy ($11,900) – He is by far the most fun to cheer for when he is playing well (https://youtu.be/O1dOiYTOWf0?t=72).
- Sergio Garcia ($10,000) – Not only is he playing well, his record in The Open Championship is nuts: 9 top 10’s, with a 2nd and a 6th in the last two years.
- Graeme McDowell ($7,500) – A solid history at this price: A couple top 10’s, a couple other top 20’s, and a good showing at the US Open.
- Francesco Molinari ($7,000) – Do I really have to write a justification for everybody? This is getting tedious. Well, I had $7K left and it was either him or Thongchai Jaidee.
- Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($6,900) – A good sleeper at this price range.
- Jon Rahm ($6,600) – A good price, and man would it be fun if he was in the mix on the weekend.
Other players that are worth paying for, but just couldn’t make it in my lineup for a variety of reasons:
- Matt Jones and Steve Stricker both look like good value picks – $6,000 and $6,4000, respectively.
- Zach Johnson – At $8,100, he is certainly worth the price, but try getting excited about cheering for Zach Johnson on Sunday.
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat – Just kidding. Terrible record at The Open, but I love this guy. Don’t pick him this week, but I am impatiently waiting for next year’s Masters to sneak him into my lineup.