Fantasy Golf Picks for Scottish Open

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Many of the top golfers on the PGA Tour will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to play in the Genesis Scottish Open this week. 34 of the top 50 golfers in the World Golf Rankings will use the Scottish Open as a tune up for the Open Championship next week. The rest of the PGA Tour will tee it up in the ISCO Championship just outside of Lexington, Kentucky. I am going to focus on the Scottish Open for this article, but if you need help with the ISCO Championship picks, let me know in the member’s forum and I will give you my advice for that tournament too.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

The Genesis Scottish Open will be played at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. The course is a par-70 and plays 7,237 yards in length. The Renaissance Club has a lot of rolling hills and the rough is expected to be deep. Most of the greens are elevated and they play as a traditional bump and run links style course. This course is like a Superspeedway in NASCAR. It takes drivers a while to figure out have to manipulate the draft on the Superspeedways and it takes the golfers a while to figure out how to play links style golf.

Click here to see the course: Renaissance Club

 

SCOTTISH OPEN KEY STATS

– Stroke Gained Off the Tee

– Strokes Gained Approach

– Scrambling

– Strokes Gained Putting

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

 

TOP 30 GOLFERS

 

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR SCOTTISH OPEN

 

SCOTTISH OPEN STRATEGY

This course is affected by the weather more than most courses on the PGA Tour (maybe not Pebble Beach). When the winds blow; the winning score is no better than 10 under par. When the winds are calm, the bombers take over and the winning score is 20 under par or better. The forecast this week is for cool temperatures and a lot of rain. The weather can change quickly, but I will be using a lot of bombers if the winds are going to be manageable.

The last two winners of the Scottish Open were Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. There is a good chance that a favorite will win this weekend, so a “stars and scrubs” lineup approach should work well. The winning strategy in the past has been to pair the PGA Tour stars with some cheap golfers from the DP World Tour who have upside this week. I will use that strategy for most of my lineups, but I will also build some balanced lineups with many golfers from the $9K and $8K price ranges to be a bit more contrarian.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST

XANDER SCHAUFFELE ($11,700): Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win, but I think it should be Schauffele. He won this tournament in 2022 and he has been the most consistent golfer on the PGA Tour not named Scottie Scheffeler. Schauffele just doesn’t have many bad tournaments, so he is a lock for all Cash Contest lineups in Scottland.

AARON RAI ($8,300): I thought about pairing Tommy Fleetwood with Xander Schauffele because they are two of the safest players in the field for a top-10 finish, but Rai is nearly as safe and he is $1,600 cheaper that Fleetwood. Rai won this tournament in 2020 and he is in the best form of his career. I will continue to play Rai until he cools off.

WYNDHAM CLARK ($8,100): This pick came down to Brian Harman and Wyndham Clark. Harman has the better recent form and Clark has the better course history. I just cannot pass up the No. 5 golfer in the World Golf Rankings for only $8,100. Clark has never missed the cut in the Scottish Open and he has never finished outside the top-25. He should be a safe play for the Cash Contest lineup this week.

ROBERT MCINTYRE ($7,800): This is a home game for McIntrye. He finished 2nd last year as he nearly beat Rory McIlroy for the win in his home country. He won earlier year at the RBC Canadian Open. Can he add a win in the Scottish Open to his resume? I like him more this week if the winds are not a factor and he can bomb it off the tee. That is the forecast right now, so Bombing Bob-Mac gets a spot in the Cash Contest lineup.

THOMAS DETRY ($7,200): Detry has some of the best course history at the Scottish Open and he is playing the best golf of his career. He has made the cut in all five trips to the Scottish Open. That includes a 2nd-place finish in 2021 and a 10th-place finish in 2022. Detry has also made seven cuts in a row on the PGA Tour. He is a lock for all Cash Contest lineups this week.

EWEN FERGUSSON ($6,700): Ferguson popped up in my research for this tournament before he won the BMW International Open last week. It was his fifth time finishing in the top-15 on the DP World Tour. He is from Scotland and Fergusson has had a lot of success in the Scottish Open. He has never missed a cut (3 for 3) and Fergusson finished 12th last year. He is a good cheap golfer at the bottom of your Cash Contest lineups.

* I also like TOM MCKIBBIN, RYAN FOX and JORDAN L. SMITH as cheap plays for your Cash Contest lineups.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

TOMMY FLEETWOOD ($9,900): I have noticed through the years that people do not like to pay up for Fleetwood when he is priced in the $10K or high $9K price range. I can understand this, because you typically need golfers who can win when you invest that much salary into a player. Fleetwood is worth the price this week, because he is a good pick for a top-five finish and his course history is the best in the field. Fleetwood finished 2nd in 2020, 4th in 2022 and 6th last year. He is almost a lock for a top-10 finish, so I will play Fleetwood in Scotland.

VIKTOR HOVLAND ($9,700): What are we going to get from Hovland this week? He has the ability to be the best player in the field, but his form has been off this year. Hovland made the trip to Scotland two weeks ago and he has been working with his old coach (Joe Mayo) to get his old form back. We can either be too early with Hovland or too late. I like to arrive to the Hovland Breakout Party early to get a good seat.  

MIN WOO LEE ($9,200): I really like Lee’s chances of winning this week if the wind is not a factor. He ranks No. 2 in SG Off-the-Tee and No. 2 in Distance Off-the-Tee. He bombed and gauged his way to victory in the Scottish Open in 2021. Lee is coming off a 2nd-place finish in his last start (Rocket Mortgage Classic). Pairing Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovalnd and Min Woo Lee gives this lineup a lot of firepower at the top.

BRIAN HARMAN ($8,600): How about we add some firepower in the middle of this lineup with the winner of the Open Championship last year. Harman figured out how to play links style golf last year. He finished 12th in the Scottish Open and then won the Open Championship. His form is excellent with seven consecutive made cuts. Harman has the upside to win this tournament Sunday.

TOM MCKIBBIN ($7,000): McKibbin has been one of the best golfers on the DP World Tour. He finished 8th in the European Open, 6th in the KLM Open and 2nd in the Italian Open over the last month. McKibbin has only played the Scottish Open once. He finished 35th last year. His form is much better than it was in his rookie season last year. McKibbin has a good chance to score well this week.

ALEXANDER BJORK ($5,600): I need a “punt play” that can make the cut. The best option is Bjork and no other golfer is even close. Bjork has played the Scottish Open six times and has never missed the cut. His average finishing position in those tournaments is 34.3. This lineup has a great chance to score well if Bjork can finish in the top-35 for only $5,600.

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the sixth tournament in Segment 3. This is the toughest segment to navigate. We had two signature events, the third major (U.S. Open), and we still have the Open Championship and the three FedEx Playoff events. The Top golfers in the world will be playing a lot over the summer, so we need to save some of our top golfers for the playoffs.  

* I am going to try and make it through this tournament without using the studs from the PGA Tour. I want to keep Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and Ludvig Arberg for the Open Championship next week or the FedEx Playoffs next month.

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK:  MIN WOO LEE (SCOTTISH OPEN)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Sungjae Im (12th), Cameron Young (6th), Ludvig Arberg (27th), Xander Schauffele (7th), Viktor Hovland (15th), Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Books Koepka (26th), Wyndham Clark (47th), Tom Hoge (41st), Matthew Fitzpatrick (28th), Jon Rahm (45th), Hideki Matsuyama (7th), Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  ROBERT MCINTYRE (SCOTTISH OPEN)

One & Done picks used so far this season: Sepp Straka (61st), Taylor Pendrith (72nd), Brian Harman (9TH), Hideki Matsuyama (6th), Byeong Hun An (22nd), Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Bryson DeChambeau (2nd), Max Homa (8th), K.H. Lee (59th), Adam Hadwin (10TH), Patrick Cantlay (3rd), Jon Rahm (45th), Corey Conners (25th), Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

ISCO CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK: MICHAEL THORBJORNSEN

 

 

SCOTTISH OPEN BEST BETS

XANDER SCHAUFFELE (8-1)

MIN WOO WI (28-1)

ROBERT MCINTYRE (40-1)

WYNDHAM CLARK (45-1)

AARON RAI (45-1)

THOMAS DETRY (60-1)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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