The British Open is set for July 14-17 at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup for the final major of the season. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best British Open lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Jordan Spieth ($10,000)
Spieth nailed the peculiar magic of the Old Course, saying that "it could be the easiest or the hardest venue that we play depending on the day." Much in the same way that Spieth could be the game's best or worst player depending on the day (or the shot). Being a Spieth fan would seem to require an accompanying dose of liquid courage given his ebbs and flows, sometimes from hole to hole. Surprisingly, though, he's played his most consistent major golf on a rota where the conditions are notoriously inconsistent. He's eight for eight in made cuts at the Open, with a win (2017) and four top 10s, including a solo second last year. As for his play this season: Since a missed cut at The Masters, Spieth has a win, a runner-up, a T7 and a T10, the latter at the Scottish Open, where he flashed occasional brilliance. Buckle in and enjoy the ride this week.
Xander Schauffele ($9,900)
The newly minted Scottish Open champ actually looks like a bargain this week. A fixture on major leaderboards since 2017, Schauffele has a T2 at the Open (2018) on his resume and has made all four of his cuts at golf's oldest major. His current form is beyond reproach; he has more wins (three) than missed cuts (two) this season, and he ranks fifth in SG: Total, eighth in SG: Tee-to-Green, 10th in GIR, and fourth in birdie average. And his confidence? Justifiably off the charts. A breakthrough major win could open the floodgates.
Tommy Fleetwood ($8,600)
Fleetwood's stat profile doesn't wow, except for the most important category — he ranks 10th in Scoring Average. All the guy does is get the ball in the hole. He has a solid history at the Open, making four straight cuts and finishing second in 2018, and he comes in hot, having shot an impressive final-round 67 to finish T4 at the Scottish Open.
Tiger Woods ($7,500)
The range of possible outcomes for Woods this week is wider than the North Sea. He could play a couple of nondescript rounds and bid farewell to the Open from atop the Swilcan Bridge, a la a 65-year-old Jack Nicklaus in 2005. Or, he could win the Open for a third time at the Home of Golf in the greatest comeback story since Ben Hogan. The sprawling links layout of the Old Course presents Tiger's best opportunity to be competitive at a major; if the wind doesn't blow, the course is highly accessible, even for a greatly diminished GOAT. We've said this before, but we don't want to be on the sidelines in the event that Woods shocks the world.
Gary Woodland ($7,100)
A first-round 64 at the Scottish Open provided tangible evidence that Woodland has what it takes to succeed on a windswept Scottish links course. (We choose to ignore the 72-72-73 follow-up.) The 2019 U.S. Open champion doesn't have much to show for his nine British Open appearances — a T12 in 2016 is his best finish, and he's missed the cut in his last two Opens — but he's actually one of the game's better wind players, and he's also a bomber who will be cleared for takeoff with the wide landing areas at the Old Course.
Zach Johnson ($6,500)
ZJ is nearing the ceremonial stage of his playing career; he's the 2023 Ryder Cup captain, a role typically reserved for elder statesmen, and his performance this season (four top 25s, 11 missed cuts) hasn't exactly enhanced his Hall of Fame case. But Johnson is one of the best Open players of his generation. Before a missed cut in 2019 and a COVID absence in 2021, Johnson had posted finishes of T9, T6, T12, T14 and T17 in addition to the Claret Jug he won at, yes, St. Andrews in 2015. At this price, he's worth the flyer.