Daily Fantasy Golf 2015: Last Minute Picks and Wild Card Players

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2015

Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, hits from the 11th tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 8, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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You had your mind made up on Sunday night, and you were absolutely sure which players you were going to put on your DraftKings fantasy team for the start of the British Open Thursday.

But you were less sure of your picks on Monday, and you were tearing your hair out by Tuesday. Here's the good news: You're not alone.

Fantasy golf is one of the toughest games going. You can't have any throwaway picks. If you have four good selections and two bad ones, you'll finish way up the track and your dreams will go up in smoke. So you may feel good about your first selection, but you can't make your mind up about the rest.

We are here for you. With hours to go before they tee off, we offer our last minute fantasy advice, staying within the $50,000 budget.

DraftKings British Open Wild Card Selections
Adam Scott65.2$10,700
Louis Oosthuizen55.1$9,900
Victor Dubuisson37.7$7,500
Billy Horschel64.5$7,500
Francesco Molinari60.0$7,500
Kevin Na67.1$6,800

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Claret Jug contenders: Adam Scott ($10,700) and Louis Oosthuizen ($9,700)

We swallowed hard, and we did not select Jordan Spieth. Although we have full respect for his Masters and U.S. Open victories, as well as his two other PGA Tour wins this year, it's just too tough to come across the Atlantic days before the start of the British Open and prepare adequately.

Adam Scott should be ready to string four good rounds together. He has a brilliant swing, and when he gets his act together on the green, he is awfully tough to beat. He has regularly played well at the British Open, but he has not brought home the championship before. 

He has a lot in his favor at St. Andrews. He drives the ball an average of 309.2 yards, and he finds the green in regulation 71.68 percent of the time. That's an excellent combination.

Louis Oosthuizen has won the British Open before, and he did it the last time the tournament was played at St. Andrews in 2010. This selection has nothing to do with nostalgia, however.

Oosthuizen played extremely well at the U.S. Open, and he tamed Chambers Bay over the last three rounds. If he had played well in the opening round, he might have taken that championship away from Spieth. Oosthuizen gains .723 strokes tee to green, and he may do better than that at St. Andrews.

Francesco Molinari
Francesco MolinariJessica Hill/Associated Press

Three of a kind: Victor Dubuisson ($7,500), Billy Horschel ($7,500) and Francesco Molinari ($7,500)

We have complete faith in Victor Dubuisson, Billy Horschel and Francesco Molinari to play themselves into possible contention in the tournament. All of them come in at the same salary level.

Dubuisson has had success at St. Andrews in the past. He fired a 10-under 62 in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links tournament in 2012, and served notice that the course was to his liking.

The Frenchman has also picked up his game as of late. He had a 12th-place finish at the Open de France, and he followed up on that with a 10th-place finish at the Scottish Open last week. 

Horschel should not be taken lightly here. He has played 21 events this year, and he has made the cut in 17 of them. He has one third-place finish to his credit, and he has earned more than $1.4 million.

Horschel ranks 20th in total driving and 13th in ball striking, and if he can continue to do well in both of those areas, he could be a key factor on the weekend.

St. Andrews is supposed to favor the big hitters, but we are not going to follow that route with Molinari. The Italian golfer struggles to hit the long ball, as he averages 278.8 yards off the tee. However, he is the most accurate driver on the PGA Tour and he also ranks second on hitting greens in regulation.

If Molinari can get it going with his putter, his accuracy should allow him to get in contention and remain there.

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Overlooked no more: Kevin Na ($6,800)

While he comes at a low price, we expect big things from Kevin Na in the British Open. He has been quite consistent this year with a 70.098 scoring average, a figure that ranks 16th on the tour. He also excels from the bunkers, and that's a big factor at St. Andrews. 

Na has made the cut in 17 of the 20 tournaments he has played this year, and he has won more than $2.1 million. Na shot a 70 and 72 in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, and that was respectable. If he can match that in the British Open, he will show that he's not going to fade in the tournament's final 36 holes.

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