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July 18 2012

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Fantasy mailbag: British Open

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PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton has Justin Rose on his short list for Royal Lytham.

By Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider

Rapid-fire format for an expectedly busy week ...

Rob, I hope that all is well. Rose, Harrington, or McDowell this week? -- Les

Rose is No. 1 in my Power Rankings.

Rob, I think I've narrowed it down to McDowell, Els, and Dustin Johnson this week for my one-and-done, although I also have Sergio and Padraig available as well. I'm leaning McDowell a little, but what do you think? Thoughts? Thanks. -- Mike

You've essentially copied my short list. First, there's considerable reason to save DJ for the PGA Championship, and Els might come in handy during the FedExCup Playoffs. Now, the British is an event where you save the studs. I'm burning Garcia but I won't pretend to talk you out of McDowell or Harrington. If you toss in the dynamic of whom your competition might start, it's likely that Garcia and Harrington will lead the tote board as both are trending similarly. Obviously, Harrington is a two-time champ of this event, so perhaps that breaks your tie. When I strategize on one-and-dones, I aim for top 10s. Wins are bonuses.

Hey Rob, I have a lot of players qualified for the Open, so I could use your help. My current thinking:
Definite: Dufner and Rose
Possible: Watson, Watney, Schwartzel, Els
No: Huh
I need 4 starters from the above. -- Erik

In order: Rose, Els, (Bubba) Watson and Schwartzel.

Question for you this week: I have not seen anyone pick Louis Oosthuizen for the Open. As a close second to Bubba at the Masters and an Open winner not that long ago is he hurt or is there something I am missing? Thank you. -- David

Not injured to my knowledge. Just a little off right now. Do not rule him out given his reputation as a ball-striker and his fearlessness in the biggest events.

Rob, there are legitimate and interesting storylines for 20-25 golfers to win the Open Championship. I need a winner excluding Woods, Westwood, Rose, Donald and McDowell). I was leaning towards Harrington but he seems too obvious. Now I’m committed to Mickelson but I’m thinking Hunter Mahan (similarly about Matt Kuchar) will make his personal statement in Europe and win his first Major. So the question Mickelson or Mahan, for me? Cheers. -- Chris

Can you rewind to Harrington? If not, Mahan's ball-striking over Mickelson's recent inconsistency sells me. However, expecting a win is unfair. Certainly, any of those guys could emerge with the Claret Jug, but it takes just one round on the wrong side of the draw to eliminate one's chances.

Hey Rob, I have Kuchar, Scott, Senden as my three guys going into the stretch run at the big four events coming up (Open, PGA and the two WGC events). Any guys from the other side of the pond that I may want to consider picking up? I think Lawrie, Dyson, Quiros are all available. -- TB

Paul Lawrie is on the bubble for a Ryder Cup berth. He's flashed quite a bit of swagger, which gamers love. Also logged six top 10s this year, including a win. He's eligible for four of those events, and has already stated that he'll play in the first three.

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