2018 British Open Championship Picks and Preview

2017 The Open Championship LogoCall it The Open, The British Open or The Open Championship, it is still one of the most popular PGA Tour stops and as the third major of the year, the best of the best make their trip across the pond to play for the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is played on a different course each year and is played on links style golf courses. Bad weather, road hole bunkers and unfamiliar golf course conditions make the British Open a tough tournament to handicap for your fantasy golf contest. If you are entering the DraftKings Fantasy Golf Millionaire you will have to either do your research or check out GolfStats.com to get expert golf picks for The British Open.

2018 British Open Championship Tourney Preview

Last month’s US Open was a bit of a disappointment for fantasy golf players as many favorites missed the cut and crashed a bunch of Fantasy Golf Millionaire lineups. The British Open Championship is usually an easier tournament to handicap and research although history proves that the weather is usually the X-Factor as to how players will ultimately perform. Keep an eye for how the winds will be this week as that will be where all bets are off. Some of the older guys on tour you can check to see what their course history is at Carnoustie but it’s not much of a factor for the younger players on the PGA Tour like Spieth, Thomas, Rahm and Johnson.

Dates - July 19 to July 22, 2018

Prize Pool - $10,250,000

First Place - $1,845,000

FedEx Cup Points - 600

Here is a 2018 Open Preview video about the Greatest Moments in History:

Where is the 2018 Open being played?

Carnoustie 2018 British OpenName of Course - Carnoustie

Where is Carnoustie - Carnoustie, Scotland

Par - 70

Yards - 7156

Year Built - 1889

Notable Past British Open Champions

Jordan Spieth Defending ChampionJordan Spieth2017 - Jordan Spieth


Henrik Stenson2016 - Henrik Stenson


Zach Johnson2015 - Zach Johnson


Rory McIlroy2014 - Rory McIlroy


5 time Champions - James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Tom Watson, Peter Thomson

4 time Champions - Walter Hagen, Willie Park, Tom Morris

3 time Champions - Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Henry Cotton, Bobby Jones, Bob Ferguson, Jamie Anderson

2 Time Champions - Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, Harold Hilton, Bob Martin, Pádraig Harrington

Other Open Championship Info - Trends, Tidbits

  • In North America, it is referred to as The British Open so as not to confuse it with the US Open - Say the words "British Open" while standing in the gallery and you may get clubbed by area residents
  • There is one 6 time Champion of the Open – Harry Vardon
  • The Oldest of the 4 Majors
  • The first Open Championship was played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland
  • There are 9 golf courses in the current rotation of where the Open is played: 5 in Scotland and 4 in England
  • Between 1940 - 1945 there were no Open Championships because of World War II
  • The Claret Jug’s true name is The Golf Champion Trophy. It has been awarded to the winner since 1873

2018 British Open Fantasy Golf Info

The Fantasy Golf Millionaire and the FREE Fantasy Golf Contest at DK are the big draw for the Open Championship. DraftKings lineups require 6 golfers to be picked under a salary cap of $50,000 so if you haven’t tried them out, why not pop in a few lineups there this week too! They offer the biggest fantasy golf contest where for $20 you get a shot at $3 Million in prizes with a 1st place prize of $1 Million!

Also make sure you check out our 2018 British Open Championship Sleeper Picks page to help build your winning fantasy golf lineup.

Where to get Expert Picks for the Open

We use GolfStats.com for our Expert Golf Picks. Over the past few years, they've made us money with both our fantasy golf picks as well as our simple bets on golf games. They have a winning record overall and so far in 2018 they have been HUGE for us!

Why You Need Expert Picks For The Open Championship

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