Golf's fourth and final major of the year is also its oldest major. The British Open (Open Championship) tees off this Thursday, July 18, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. As per usual, the field is loaded with all of the world's top golfers and biggest names.
From Rory McIlroy coming back to play his home course, to Brooks Koepka trying to build upon his historic run in recent majors, and even Tiger Woods looking for major No. 16 as he continues to chase Jack Nicklaus, the British Open is filled with potential storylines.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some golfers to watch out for when building your fantasy golf lineups this weekend.
As mentioned above, this is McIlroy's home course, being a native of Northern Ireland. He once shot a 61 at Royal Portrush, at the age of 16. Like Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy at Cottonwood, McIlroy knows every bump on every fairway and every subtle break on every green. It's hard not to consider a player with McIlroy's talent on a course he's clearly so comfortable at. McIlroy is also in the midst of a fantastic season, with two wins and 11 top-10 finishes. He ranks No. 2 in driving distance, No. 2 in scoring average, No. 1 in eagles per hole and No. 6 in birdie average on tour, making him an excellent value play this week.
Yes, these two guys are the favorites to win, but it's easy to see why. Royal Portrush might not be Koepka's home course, but it is his caddie's home course. So Koepka should be instilled with plenty of knowledge on how to navigate around this legendary course. Koepka is on a run at majors that rivals almost any run in golf history, winning four of them since the 2017 U.S. Open and one this season (2019 PGA Championship).
Tiger has taken plenty of time off this year to prepare for the majors and it has resulted in one win (2019 Masters) out of the three played so far this season. He's having a solid year, for someone playing in so few tournaments, and already has four top-10 finishes. Additionally, Tiger finished T-6 in the 2018 British Open, just two strokes back of the winner, Francesco Molinari.
Tony Finau has enjoyed a solid year as well, but he's played especially well in majors. He finished fifth in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock, and T-5 in the 2019 Masters. He has never missed a cut at the British Open and his distance off the tee (ranking No. 7 on tour in driving distance) should be a huge advantage at this longer course, a par-70 that spans 7,173 yards.
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