Welcome to the British Open, home of wind, rain, whiskey, wind, and rain…and whiskey.
Before we get too involved with the Open, let’s send out some congrats to Steve Stricker on his unbelievable victory at last week’s John Deere Classic. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Goydos and his truly majestic 59 he shot on Thursday. This feat has only been accomplished three times previous, and Stricker almost holed out his approach shot on the 18th to match him.
Trust me, you won’t be seeing any scores remotely close to that this week. My prediction is seven under will take the prize this year.
There is a huge cast of characters to choose from this year, and trust me if you are gambling this week, the values are off the hook.
There are many Euros that are heavily favored this week, such as Lee Westwood 18:1, Rory McIlroy 14:1, and Padraig Harrington 20:1. I think McIlroy is a great pick, but he is way off as far as his odds are concerned. I am expressing my disappointment as I really wanted to pick him in the 40:1 area.
Before I get more distracted than I already am, let’s go over Yahoo Fantasy real quick. I currently have 3828 points on the season. I gained three points in my FOHM group to get into the 70th percentile. I have also popped up two points overall to the 77th percentile. I currently am leading only one Yahoo expert, Michael Arkush by 83 points. I trail the other three in this manner; Eric Planer by two points, Greg Vara by 49 points, Matt Romig by 195 points.
Here is this weeks official lineup:
Start Ernie Els
Sit Tiger Woods
Start Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington
Sit Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen
Start Justin Rose
Sit Graeme McDowell
Before we get into the official six pack, let’s give you some very honorable mentions: McDowell 30:1, Goosen 50:1, Cabrera 80:1, Van Pelt 150:1, Singh 100:1, and Kuchar 125:1