Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Open Championship
The time has come to start penciling in your top Open Championship DFS picks. You’ll have to make sacrifices to squeeze Jon Rahm into your fantasy lineup, but perhaps latching onto a couple of cheap plays makes sense in this format.
After all, Darren Clarke (2011) and Ben Curtis (2003) lifted the Claret Jug the last two times The Open was played at this historic venue.
Considering how many people will be looking to roster Rahm, contemplate heading in a different direction in the large-field GPPs. That’s what I’ve done here.
Xander Schauffele – $10,000
Sitting right behind Jon Rahm in my 2021 Open Championship power rankings, Xander Schauffele confidently strides into Royal St Georges knowing his game is in a great place.
An 11th (the Memorial) and a 7th (US Open Open) preceded last week’s top-10 at the Scottish Open; bettors who were hoping Xander peaked at Torrey Pines may have been buyers a month too soon.
Don’t be afraid to hop right back on board. From his collected demeanor to his all-around skill set, Schauffele possesses all the characteristics it takes to win a British Open.
He’s a monster in fantasy, too, ranking 3rd in par breakers, 3rd in scoring average, and 3rd in SG: Total.
Justin Thomas – $9,600
The first fact to introduce is that six other golfers are pricier than Justin Thomas on DraftKings. The second fact to highlight is that JT is the 3rd-ranked golfer in the world and is coming off a bogey-free 65 Sunday in Scotland.
Finishing 8th at The Renaissance Club represents the “get the blood pumping” moment that Thomas was desperately seeking heading into the year’s final major.
To help aid that spark, Justin recently tweaked the setup of his putter and wasted no time putting his new weapon to good use.
90ft eagle putt from @JustinThomas34 😲 #abrdnScottishOpen #RolexSeriesJuly 8, 2021
Viktor Hovland – $9,100
Tied for 2nd on the PGA Tour in birdies per round, Viktor Hovland is a logical choice as one of your DFS picks for the British Open. Any qualms about his withdrawal at the US Open are long forgotten after Viktor’s dominant performance at the BMW International Open.
Strapped with six top-5s on the PGA Tour this season, the Norwegian golfer has already stamped his ticket to Whistling Straits as a member of the European Ryder Cup team roster in 2021. The focus now shifts squarely to winning an Open Championship.
Sergio Garcia – $7,600
To combat the bloated ownership that’ll be attached to Matthew Fitzpatrick, pivot down a few notches. There’s some more European flavor at a $300 discount in the form of Sergio Garcia.
Arriving with top-20 finishes in each of his last three starts, the 41-year-old Spaniard has drummed up some positive vibes heading into his favorite tournament of the year. Garcia’s decorated resume is punctuated with 10 top-10s at the Open Championship, including a trio of top-6s since 2014.
Ranked 3rd on the PGA Tour in SG: Off-the-Tee, Sergio backers can find comfort knowing he gained 2.30 strokes putting his last time out at Torrey Pines.
Ian Poulter – $7,200
There aren’t a lot of players lurking at this price point who can say they’ve made six straight cuts on top of finishing 2nd and 3rd in previous Open Championships. There is one, and he’s fresh off shooting a scintillating 63 during the final round in North Berwick.
After locking Ian in as one of your British Open DFS picks, take a hard look at the Englishman in the top-20 market. I’m finding his +250-price tag (to finish inside the top-20) rather appealing.
Sam Burns – $6,300
No offense to the Cole Hammer, but it’s bogus that he’s more expensive than Sam Burns on this slate.
The University of Texas golfer who qualified via earning the Mark McCormack Medal (top-ranked amateur) has missed the cut in all four of his starts this season; Burns has a victory among his six top-7 finishes.
In terms of current momentum, Sam spent last week transitioning to life on this side of the pond. Burns made just one bogey over his final 42 holes on his way to tallying a top-20 at the Scottish Open.
Oh, and by the way, that guy Viktor Hovland is tied for 2nd with for birdies per round happens to be Sam Burns.
My 2021 Open Championship DFS Lineup for GPPs
- Xander Schauffele – $10,000
- Justin Thomas – $9,600
- Viktor Hovland – $9,100
- Sergio Garcia – $7,600
- Ian Poulter – $7,200
- Sam Burns – $6,300
Three Americans and three Europeans offer some balance while leaving a couple hundred on the table helps the roster stand out. Feel free to mix and match any or all these golfers when penciling in your fantasy golf lineups for the British Open.
Other DFS picks for the Open Championship I fancy blending into your lineups include the following.
- Jon Rahm ($11,300)
- Brooks Koepka ($10,700)
- Jordan Spieth ($9,700)
- Patrick Cantlay ($8,900)
- Webb Simpson ($8,300)
- Daniel Berger ($7,400)
When you’re ready to move into other betting arenas, be sure to visit our complete guide to betting The Open Championship. My favorite bets for this week’s festivities are linked below.