The fourth and final major of the golf calendar has finally arrived. The Open Championship (also commonly known as the British Open) will tee off this Thursday with almost all of the world's top players looking for their chance to raise the Claret Jug.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three players to target for your fantasy team this week at the British Open.
British Open Fantasy
Brooks Koepka has been the definition of "go big or go home" in 2021. Of the 11 events he has played in so far this season, he has made the cut in just six of them. However, he has finished top-5 in five of those six missed cuts. Basically, if Koepka makes the cut in 2021, he will be challenging for a title that week. And when you consider Koepka's track record in majors, including this season, it's pretty hard to pick against him here. He battled some injuries early on this year, which contributed to some poor play, but he seems to have righted the ship. He has place in the top five in three of his last four starts, two of which were against similarly incredible fields and difficult courses in the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.
Xander Schauffele might not have any experience on this course, but he's been playing some fantastic golf heading into this event. He has placed in the top-15 in five of his last six starts and top-20 in six of his last seven starts. Additionally, Schauffele has two top-10 finishes at the two most difficult majors of the year in 2021 with a T-3 at the Masters and a T-7 at the U.S. Open. He ranks No. 5 on tour in birdie average, No. 19 in Green in Regulation (GIR), No. 11 in Strokes Gained (SG): Putting, No. 12 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 3 in SG: Total.
Dustin Johnson, unlike others on this list, has some experience on this course, back when this event made an appearance at Royal St. George's in 2011, where he finished in second place. Fast forward ten years and Dustin Johnson is a much more talented and accomplished golfer, now having multiple majors under his belt, where as last time he was here he had no yet won any yet. Johnson is on a string of three consecutive top-25 finishes, one of which was a top-20 finish at the U.S. Open a little less than a month ago. His length off the tee here should be a strength where he ranks No. 6 on tour. He is also No. 16 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 17 in SG: Total.
Patrick Cantlay is a little further down the list, but still represents a great option. He comes in on the heels of three consecutive top-15 finishes, which includes a win a The Memorial Tournament a little more than a month ago. His ball striking has been strength, ranking No. 22 in GIR, but also effective off the tee ranking No. 14 in SG there. He also ranks No. 9 SG: Around-The-Green, No. 4 in SG: Tee-To-Green and No. 6 in SG: Total.
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