The British Open is set for July 15-18 at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup for the final major of the super-sized 2020-21 season.
Here's what our best Open Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Jordan Spieth ($9,700)
He broke his victory drought earlier this year; now it's time for Spieth to win another major. It's been four years since Spieth kissed the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale, and this week looks like his best chance in a long time to end the major funk. A common theme this week is targeting players who can erase mistakes with their short game, and Spieth qualifies there, ranking 8th in SG: Around-the-Green, but his ball striking this year has been equally impressive (19th in SG: Approach the Green). His task this week: keep it in play off the tee and let his iron play and short game do the heavy lifting.
Louis Oosthuizen ($9,300)
Oostie was last seen letting another major slip from his grasp, as an ill-timed yank off the tee into the hazard on the 71st hole at Torrey Pines essentially ended his chances at the U.S. Open, where he posted his second straight runner-up finish in a major and the sixth of his star-crossed career. His lone major win remains his dominant 2010 Open Championship win at St. Andrews, but we gotta believe he has another major in him. It could come this week, given these numbers: 10th in SG: Around-the-Green, 1st in SG: Putting and 2nd in SG: Total.
Webb Simpson ($8,300)
Simpson arrives at Royal St. George's off a couple of uncharacteristic missed cuts, but his stat profile and his game in general seem tailored to Open Championship golf. He's proficient around the greens, ranking 12 in SG: Around-the-Green, 21st in SG: Putting and 1st in Sand Saves, all useful skills in an Open. Surprisingly, his best career finish in an Open is T12. We expect that to change this week.
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,000)
The last time the British Open was contested (2019), Fleetwood played in the final group on Sunday and earned his second runner-up finish in a major. As Fleetwood himself has said, you have to learn to lose them before you can win them, and with three career top 5s at majors, he's done plenty of that. He arrives without a lot to show for his recent outings, but he's sixth in SG: Around-the-Green, and saving strokes greenside is the name of the game in Open Championships.
Lee Westwood ($7,500)
Westwood clawed his way back into the top 20 in the World Ranking earlier this year after back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Palmer and THE PLAYERS. He hasn't kept that momentum going, but we're at a point of rooting for the 48-year-old to get the major monkey off his back, and he has a puncher's chance this week. Westwood has five career top-five finishes at the Open, including a T4 in 2019, the last time the event was held.
Henrik Stenson ($7,000)
Stenson stared down Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon in 2016 in arguably the greatest British Open performance in history — a major championship record score of 264, including a final-round 63 that matched the lowest round in any major. Not much to write about regarding his current form, though; he's missed the cut in four of his last five appearances and fallen to No. 172 in the World Ranking. As cheap flyers go, though, you could do a lot worse.