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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

Oh boy, we have another major this week with the Open Chamionship, across the pond at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, in Southport England.

Royal Birkdale clocks in at 7156 yards so while it is on the long side, the course only boasts a couple of par 5's, suggesting the par 4's are on the all closer to 400-plus yards and 360-minus. And, Southport, on the northwest coast of the island, could get some interesting winds and perhaps some showers to accompany.

For the Open, I looked hard at the players who were good at hitting the green from 175-200 yards out, so here is who I like.

Remember that you can match up against me at the DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Jordan Spieth ($11,600): Spieth ranks third in greens in regulation from 175-200, hitting 73 of his last 112 shots, so I am hoping he can drive safely and move in for the kill from there.

Hideki Matsuyama ($9500): Matsuyama ranks fourth, right behind Spieth at hitting the greens (61 of 95) and has made 12 of 13 cuts while averaging 84.8 points per contest.

Paul Casey ($8100): Casey ranks tenth at getting on the green with a 62.41% rate, has made 12 of 13 cuts, and finished in the Top 25 11 times this season.

Si Woo Kim ($7500): Kim is up and down (seven cuts over 18 tries) but he finished well at the US Open and is paired with Jordan Spieth the first day. I think that will help push his competitive juices accordingly.

Bryson DeChambeau ($6700): Coming off a big win at the John Deere last week, Bryson ranks one above greens in reg at ninth (94 of 150), making him a nice low-end play.

Roberto Castro ($6400): Another lower end pick, but somehow Castro and my sleeper picks seem to pan out a lot better than my high- priced ones anyway.

Do remember to keep fantasy open and regulated and fair for all by writing your local lawmakers and tell them of your love of playing and desire to keep on playing. Visit the FSTA site for more information (and thanks).

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels.

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