Expert Picks for The Open Championship
Alvaro Quiros [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #119
We have been enamored with Quiros for some time and expected to list him as a top commodity few will use this week. However, he's fallen in a bit of a rut with undeniable failures over recent starts and he appears to be grinding to find his best. With a field this strong we worry that lacking confidence could be a deal breaker, but we still want Quiros on the radar as we anticipate he could, as he has in the past, rise to the occasion.
Robert Karlsson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #100
We'll take one more swing with an unknown bat at this week's roster, using Karlsson as a point of intrigue for fantasy owners to ponder. His game is on the rise as we've seen a golfer once respected as the top young talent out of Europe play at a surprisingly high and consistent level. Injuries put his career off path but he seems to be on the rebound, and this stage could provide the motivation for a giant leap forward.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #7
It is difficult to imagine Furyk sitting so low on this or any other set of rankings, but it's been a tough road to reach the third major of the season for the American great and that lacking momentum has us worried. There is no denying Furyk can play on this side of the pond and we hope to see a reversal of recent fortunes at Royal St. George, but we aren't betting a roster spot on it happening.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
A player this talented shouldn't reside in a spot so low on this or any other rankings, but we have no faith in his ability to compete this week other than talent. Mahan is one of the best in the game but he lacks consistency, he lacks momentum, and his history at this event shows the British has been a point of frustration.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #29
If there is one rising American golf star we are forced to wager on this week, Moore stands as one of the most tempting options to consider. His game seems a natural fit for the open links-style tracks of Europe and we've seen the putting acumen over recent weeks to suggest he can show and prove at Royal St. George. We wouldn't put him on the starting line, but he's in our thoughts.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #20
We'll go out on one final limb, giving ZJ a bit of hope after an amazing week at the John Deere Classic. He tends to enjoy the trips to play on the links of Europe and his long-hitting style of play could be a perfect match for this week's visit to Royal St. George. We wouldn't push him as a starting commodity but his momentum makes him as attractive as any other player left looking for work.
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