Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fantasy Golf: The Open Championship

The 144th Open Championship begins this week at St. Andrews in Scotland. A lot of former winners will be teeing up, Mickelson, Oosthuizen, etc. But last years winner, Rory McIlroy, is injured and absent. So this week most eyes will be on Jordan Spieth to see can he complete a hat trick of Majors, after he won the Masters and the U.S. Open earlier in the year. Spieth is fresh off another win on the U.S. PGA Tour too, but will having to cross the Atlantic during the week have an impact on his chances? The last five winners of The Open all went to Scotland early and participated in the Scottish Open the week before.
A quick scan of the most selected players shows Spieth occupying most peoples thinking. He is in 85% of teams in AVIS PGA Fantasy and 56% in Yahoo. Next up in Yahoo is Dustin Johnson on 42% of teams. In AVIS he is the third most popular on 53%, behind 68% Rickie Fowler.
Timing is playing havoc with my blog posting this week. So no more beating around the bush, let's have a look at this weeks picks.
Group A
Henrik Stenson
Victor Dubuisson
Tommy Fleetwood
Group B
Martin Kaymer
Paul Casey
Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler
Brandt Snedeker
Jordan Spieth
Dustin Johnson
Bernd Wiesberger
Matt Kuchar
Phil Mickelson
Group C
Charl Schwartzel
Louis oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Patrick Reed
Raphael Jacquelin
AVIS PGA Fantasy: Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson; Jordan Spieth, Charl Schwartzel.
On a side note, the Notebook will be taking a break for the next two weeks. See you all in August.

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