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Dark Horses That Could Win 2019 British Open

David Kaestle
U.S. Open - Round One
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The British Open Gets under way this Thursday, July 18, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The field will be stacked with all the best players in the world, but just because there are so many impressive names at the top of the list, it doesn't necessarily mean one of them will be raising the Claret Jug come Sunday.

Here are some dark horse picks for golfers who could sneak in and win the 2019 British Open.

1. Rickie Fowler (+3800)

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Simply put, Fowler is the best golfer on tour to never win a major. He has come close a number of times with disappointing second-place finishes. While his name has been somewhat put on the back burner in the majors conversation, he still has the talent to compete with anyone on tour. He has one win this season and five top-10 finishes. He ranks 27th in driving distance, 8th in eagles per hole and 15th in scoring average. At the British Open, Fowler has two top-5 finishes, with a second place finish in 2014.

2. Hideki Matsuyama (+4000)

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Like Fowler, Matsuyama has yet to win a major, but has seen a bunch of success in them overall. He has one second-place finish, four top-5s, seven top-10s and 16 top-25s in 28 total majors played. He has yet to miss a cut this season and finished T-7 and T-13 in his last two starts. In his six British Open appearances, he has three top-20 finishes, including a T-6 in 2013.

3. Paul Casey (+4500)

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Casey is also in the midst of a great year, winning the Valspar Championship and holding six top-10 finishes overall. Casey finished T-11 at the 2017 British Open. With Casey having one of the best years of his career, this could be a chance for the 41-year-old golfer to snag his first major title.

4. Gary Woodland (+6500)

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Woodland doesn't seem to be getting too much respect coming off his victory at the 2019 U.S. Open, but he should definitely be in consideration. Woodland is clearly paying the best golf of his career and has never missed a cut in seven tries at the British Open. He has eight top-10 finishes on the year overall.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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