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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2016 British Open at Royal Troon

Shane Lowry during the final round of The Players Championship.
Shane Lowry during the final round of The Players Championship. (Getty Images)

Need fantasy-golf advice for the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon in Scotland? Our Golfweek experts are here to help, providing their picks to win, sleeper players, DraftKings bargains and more.

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Jeff Babineau

  • Projected champion: Jordan Spieth. The weather could be rough, and a player is going to have some grit to win this week. You have to love the way Spieth always fights, regardless if his game is there or not. And he’s playing better than most think he is.
  • Also like: Matt Kuchar. Great form of late (T-6 or better in four of his last five starts), and a solid ballstriker who, having just turned 38, is ready to land that first major. The last six champions at Troon have hailed from the U.S. – so why not Kuchar to extend the streak?
  • Sleeper: Even after his solid showing (T-3) at the Scottish Open, Italy’s Matteo Manassero barely sneaked inside the top 400 in the world. But he’s playing well and has special feelings for this major, having performed so splendidly in his debut down the road at Turnberry in 2009. Four pro victories, and we forget he’s only 23, not to mention you have to always watch out for those last guys into the field. Also like Colt Knost to do well and play into the weekend.
  • DraftKings bargain: Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo ($6,400) is an impressive young player who seems pretty poised on the world stage. Also like David Lingmerth ($6,700).
  • Fade: Steven Bowditch. Only because Steven Bowditch would totally agree with the pick considering where his game is right now.

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Jim McCabe

  • Projected champion: Shane Lowry. Ultimate “gut” pick, but he seems to like the big stage, clearly understands links and so long as officials have correct score for all to know, give him a look.
  • Also like: Adam Scott, simply because he’s the best ball-striker in the game and his recent record in the British Open is stellar — four consecutive top 10s.
  • Sleeper: There are more heralded English golfers right now, but Tyrrell Hatton is intriguing. He’s also been top 20 in six of his last nine starts and since he’s ranked 98th, he qualifies as a “sleeper.”
  • DraftKings bargain: For $6,800 why not Padraig Harrington? He knows links and he knows how to handle foul weather.
  • Fade: Picked Bubba Watson as a “fade” in the U.S. Open and he eventually did, into a share of 51st. Feeling is similar here, too, at a championship he has not embraced. Four missed-cuts in six starts, has broken 70 just three times in 20 rounds.

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Adam Schupak

  • Projected champion: Branden Grace. Despite his less-than-stellar track record at this major (T-20 last year is his best result), Grace keeps knocking on the door at majors and his low, boring trajectory is ideal for Troon.
  • Also like: Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen. One, if not both, of these sweet swingers is going to get hot with the putter and factor in the outcome.
  • Sleeper: Steve Stricker (No. 177). It seems like every year someone in their late 40s or 50s makes a run at the Claret Jug.
  • DraftKings bargain: Emiliano Grillo ($6,400). It’s the Argentine’s debut in this major but I like the way he hung tough at the WGC Bridgestone (T-14) and cut his teeth on the European Tour.  He’s also made 8 of his last 9 cuts in stroke-play events (not counting the WGCs).
  • Fade: Justin Rose. His season took a turn for the worse when he missed time with a back injury. MC at U.S. Open and T-46 at WGC-Bridgestone has me too concerned to pick him.

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Alistair Tait

  • Projected champion: Shane Lowry. He was so close at the U.S. Open, so he’s in form, and he grew up playing links golf. If the weather forecast is correct and it’s going to be a wet week, then that will help Lowry’s cause. He won the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur in horrific weather.
  • Also like: Chris Wood. He’s having a great season with a win in BMW PGA Championship, and he’s been close in The Open before. Dustin Johnson is also worth a shout if the weather is better than forecast. Remember, he led after 36 holes last year before fading in the wind.
  • Sleeper: Paul Dunne. Why not? He came so close last year and he has a year’s experience under his belt.
  • DraftKings bargain: Zander Lombard. Young South African out of same mold as Branden Grace. Only a couple of years removed from reaching final of the British Amateur at Royal Portrush, so enjoys links golf. A snip at $5,800.
  • Fade: Bubba Watson. With his creativity he should revel on a links, but he’s missed four of his last seven cuts and his best finish is T-23 in 2012. He doesn’t seem to like seaside golf.

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Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: Lee Westwood. Five top-15 finishes in his last six worldwide starts. The sixth start? He was T-32 at the U.S. Open, where he held the lead before falling back late. He’s playing some of the best golf of his career and is still chasing his first major title. Would be a great story.
  • Also like: Shane Lowry, Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan. Lowry, of course, let the U.S. Open slip away, but will thrive in the conditions expected at Royal Troon. I can see Wood becoming a trendy pick this week, so bet on him while the odds are still good. Sullivan figures to win a Claret Jug at some point, why not this year?
  • Sleeper: Alex Noren. Has been battling injuries the last few years and had to withdraw from last year’s British Open during a span where he missed nearly 20 weeks of action. He’s healthy now and the talent id definitely still there. Four top-12 finishes in last seven worldwide starts for the World No. 99.
  • DraftKings bargain: Francesco Molinari ($7,000). He’s ranked No. 55 in the world and he’s made his last four British Open cuts (all at T-40 or better, including a T-9 in 2013). His current form is also good: made nine of last 10 cuts with four top 10s, including runner-up at French Open.
  • Fade: Phil Mickelson. Yes, he was third here in 2004, but that was 2004. Mickelson has missed his last two major cuts and hasn’t won since winning the Claret Jug three years ago. I’m not saying Lefty can’t have a good week, but I don’t see him justifying the price you’ll pay for him in daily leagues, and I don’t think the odds are enticing enough to take a chance on him.

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DraftKings British Open salaries chart

Player DK Salary GW/Sags
Jason Day $12,300 1
Rory McIlroy $11,900 2
Dustin Johnson $12,000 3
Matt Kuchar $7,800 4
Henrik Stenson $9,500 5
Jordan Spieth $11,700 6
Sergio Garcia $10,000 7
Bubba Watson $8,000 8
Adam Scott $10,600 9
Branden Grace $9,700 10
Charl Schwartzel $7,800 11
Justin Rose $9,400 12
Patrick Reed $7,900 14
Jim Furyk $7,700 15
Phil Mickelson $8,600 17
Daniel Summerhays $5,800 18
Rickie Fowler $9,900 19
Kevin Na $6,500 20
Zach Johnson $8,100 21
Hideki Matsuyama $8,300 22
Danny Willett $9,200 24
Rafael Cabrera-Bello $6,900 25
Colt Knost $5,900 26
Harris English $6,300 27
Billy Horschel $6,800 28
Francesco Molinari $7,000 29
Jason Dufner $7,100 30
Martin Kaymer $8,400 31
Gary Woodland $6,300 32
William McGirt $6,200 33
Ryan Palmer $6,100 34
Brendan Steele $6,100 35
Scott Piercy $7,400 36
Bill Haas $6,600 37
Emiliano Grillo $6,400 38
Webb Simpson $6,600 39
Paul Casey $7,900 40
Charley Hoffman $6,300 41
J.B. Holmes $6,500 42
Kevin Chappell $6,800 44
Danny Lee $6,300 45
Luke Donald $6,800 46
Justin Thomas $7,500 48
Byeong-Hun An $7,200 49
Anirban Lahiri $6,500 50
Steve Stricker $6,400 51
Bernd Wiesberger $6,500 53
Russell Knox $7,600 54
Andy Sullivan $7,200 55
Kyung-tae Kim $6,000 56
Louis Oosthuizen $9,000 57
Jamie Lovemark $6,000 58
Alexander Noren $6,900 59
Lee Westwood $8,500 60
Patton Kizzire $5,400 61
Marc Leishman $7,400 63
Chris Wood $7,600 64
Soren Kjeldsen $6,300 68
Tyrrell Hatton $6,600 69
Ryan Moore $6,200 71
Joost Luiten $6,500 73
Thomas Pieters $6,400 74
Jimmy Walker $7,100 77
Kevin Kisner $6,700 79
Vijay Singh $6,100 80
Tony Finau $6,200 81
Thongchai Jaidee $7,000 82
Justin Leonard $5,300 83
Shane Lowry $8,800 85
Hideto Tanihara $5,500 86
Brandt Snedeker $7,700 87
David Lingmerth $6,700 88
Smylie Kaufman $6,200 90
Chris Kirk $6,600 91
Ross Fisher $6,400 96
Robert Streb $6,100 97
Matthew Fitzpatrick $8,000 100
Harold Varner $6,000 103
Yuta Ikeda $5,900 107
Rikard Karlberg $6,300 110
Jim Herman $5,700 134
Brandon Stone $6,700 136
Graeme McDowell $7,500 138
Russell Henley $6,200 139
Nicolas Colsaerts $7,200 146
James Hahn $5,800 147
Jamie Donaldson $6,600 150
Richie Ramsey $6,100 151
Seung-Yul Noh $5,900 159
Richard Sterne $5,900 160
Victor Dubuisson $6,500 174
Kiradech Aphibarnrat $6,200 179
Andrew Johnston $6,400 183
Robert Rock $6,100 187
Ernie Els $7,300 190
Keegan Bradley $6,400 193
Matt Jones $6,000 197
Padraig Harrington $6,800 203
Jeunghun Wang $6,400 204
Yusaku Miyazato $5,700 205
James Morrison $5,500 206
Callum Shinkwin $5,400 214
Marcus Fraser $5,800 215
Scott Hend $6,000 216
Fabian Gomez $5,800 228
George Coetzee $6,100 235
David Howell $6,000 236
Thorbjorn Olesen $6,900 239
Shugo Imahira $5,700 258
Paul Dunne $6,700 272
Steven Alker $5,200 298
Nick Cullen $5,600 310
Rod Pampling $5,300 314
Tommy Fleetwood $6,200 328
Anthony Wall $5,500 331
Nathan Holman $5,400 338
Paul Lawrie $6,200 395
Marc Warren $6,100 404
Kristoffer Broberg $5,900 418
Clement Sordet $5,700 427
Soomin Lee $5,500 437
Satoshi Kodaira $5,700 451
Haydn Porteous $5,600 452
Zander Lombard $5,800 464
Matthew Southgate $5,500 488
Scott Fernandez $5,300 494
Kodai Ichihara $5,700 506
Matteo Manassero $6,200 517
Yosuke Tsukada $5,200 520
Lasse Jensen $5,300 535
James Heath $5,500 583
Ryan Evans $5,200 599
Greg Chalmers $6,000 606
Miguel Jimenez $5,900 628
Sang-hee Lee $5,300 671
Steven Bowditch $5,300 702
Phachara Khongwatmai $5,500 865
Darren Clarke $5,400 923
Dave Coupland $5,400 965
Paul Howard $5,200 1072
Jack Senior $5,300 1090
Ben Curtis $5,600 1153
Oskar Arvidsson $5,400 1271
Jon Rahm $6,600 N/R
Colin Montgomerie $6,100 N/R
Brian Gay $5,900 N/R
Jordan Niebrugge $5,800 N/R
Scott Gregory $5,800 N/R
Mark Calcavecchia $5,600 N/R
Stefano Mazzoli $5,600 N/R
Todd Hamilton $5,600 N/R
Mark O’Meara $5,500 N/R
David Duval $5,200 N/R
John Daly $5,200 N/R
Marco Dawson $5,200 N/R
Sandy Lyle $5,200 N/R
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