The third major of the season is upon us as the world's best golfers descend on Royal Troon for this week's British Open.
Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are the two top favorites after Johnson has rattled off two straight victories. Not far behind are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, but while the favorites will get the attention, deservedly so, at the British Open there are always a few surprises near the top of the leaderboard -- and sometimes those surprises walk away with the Claret Jug.
|* Odds courtesy of Westgate LV Superbook|
This week I look to make it two straight major championship winners picked after riding with Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open a few weeks back. Here are my picks for this week at Royal Troon as well as my daily fantasy roster.
Sergio Garcia (20/1): I've been locked in on Sergio at the British Open for the better part of two months. In his last two PGA Tour events he's got a win and T5 finish. In his last two British Open starts he's got a T2 and T6 finish. He's in great form and his game suits these British Open courses, and it's time for Garcia to break through for a major championship win.
Louis Oosthuizen (30/1): 2016 hasn't been the best year for the South African star, but he has back-to-back top 25 finishes at the U.S. Open and the WGC-Bridgestone, so maybe the tide is turning in the right direction for him. I'm not crazy about the 30/1 value, but he's so good at the British Open that I'm going to take him regardless.
Marc Leishman (80/1): Leishman has finished in the top 5 at the last two British Opens. His style of play fits the links style courses and with that kind of history, at 80/1, it's just too good of value to pass up.
Scott Piercy (80/1): Piercy has been runner-up to Dustin Johnson at his last two events. He's playing ridiculously good golf of late and at 80/1 you have to feel great about his value.
My DFS Roster
Sergio Garcia ($10,000): I can't get past how well he's playing in recent weeks and his British Open record. It's too good for him not to at least produce a strong finish.
Branden Grace ($9,700): I really like the South African contingent this week with Grace and Oosthuizen (and even Schwartzel). I think all three will have solid weeks, but Grace has just been a machine with four top 10s in his last four events. This feels like good value.
Hideki Matsuyama ($8,300): It's been a bit of a rough couple months for Matsuyama, but he's got the ball-striking ability to turn it around at Royal Troon. He's got a T6 and T20 in two of the last three British Opens and at $8,300, he's a good value play.
Marc Leishman ($7,400): Two top fives in the last two Opens! Just take this value and thank me later.
Scott Piercy ($7,400): Seriously, if it weren't for Dustin Johnson we'd be talking about Piercy as a back-to-back winner on the PGA Tour.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($6,900): Cabrera-Bello is a steal at this price. His last six events on the European Tour have been T16, T8, T22, T32, 4 and T21 (including the US Open). That's crazy value for this price.