Fantasy Golf: The Open preview


TG’s Fantasy Golf game returns to one of the biggest tournaments in golf this week for The Open Championship. After an eight year absence the tournament returns to Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake. 

Established in 1860, the tournament is the oldest of the four majors in golf. This year sees the tournament begin on Thursday, July 17 and will end on Sunday, July 20. In 2006, temperatures rose during a summer heatwave and it became one of the hottest Open’s on record. However, this year’s Open is expected to get underway with dry conditions, but the threat of storms will linger for the remaining three rounds.

Last year saw Phil Mickelson take home the Claret Jug with a final-round of 66, completing his double victory after winning the Scottish Open the week before. Eight years ago saw Tiger Woods seal his third Open victory, but this year’s return to Hoylake could see a British player take the top prize. 

Here’s TG’s six-man team for The Open: 

Justin Rose £4.5m – With an impressive win at the Scottish Open and a good year of form, Rose will be determined to go for the double. 

Graeme McDowell £2.8m – His win at The French Open earlier this month will still be fresh in his mind, which will only help McDowell’s confidence who’ll be wanting to take home another tournament win. 

Jason Day £3.0m – The Australian will relish the tough conditions at Hoylake, the world number five is on his third appearence at the major and will be hoping to put previous years performances behind him.  

Erik Compton £0.6m – The double heart transplant recipient has shown good form this year and will definitely look set to go for the top spot after trailing Martin Kaymer to end up tieing for a runner-up spot at the US Open last month.  

Matthew Baldwin £0.7m – Eight years ago Matthew Baldwin was at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake as a spectator, a former England amateur international and Lancashire county champion the young player has honed his craft and has had a good year with a third place finish at the Irish open and took fifth at The French Open.

Ernie Els £2.0m – The 2012 Champion has shown a lack of form lately, but should not be underestimated in a tournament that he knows how to win. 

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