2022 Open Championship Fantasy golf rankings, picks: Back Justin Thomas, not Jordan Spieth at St. Andrews


It will be a major celebration of golf at the world’s oldest venue when the 2022 Open Championship tees off Thursday on the Old Course at St. Andrews. It is the 150th edition of the Open Championship, and Tiger Woods’ expected return to golf after missing the U.S. Open is just one of many storylines. Will Collin Morikawa repeat as champion? Can PGA champ Justin Thomas win a third career major or will U.S. Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick win his second straight? Can Rory McIlroy break an eight-year major drought on the most celebrated stage in golf? Where should every player be in your 2022 Open Championship fantasy golf rankings?

Rory McIlroy is the 9-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Open Championship odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Jon Rahm (14-1) and Xander Schauffele (14-1) also are top contenders, followed by Scheffler (16-1) and Jordan Spieth (16-1). Woods is a 60-1 longshot to win his 16th major title, which would be his third at St. Andrews. Can one of those top favorites be the anchor you need to win with your 2022 Open Championship fantasy golf picks? Before you lock in any 2022 Open Championship Fantasy golf rankings or make any bets, be sure you check out the Fantasy golf projections from SportsLine fantasy expert Riley Gates.

Gates is a writer for 247Sports and has covered a range of sports for nearly five years. He has followed golf closely for much longer and has a profound knowledge of the sport. He also knows what it takes to win, on the course and in fantasy sports.

Gates has been crushing his golf picks all season. At the John Deere Classic, he nailed 40-1 longshot J.T. Poston as a potential winner. “Poston has been sniffing a win in recent months,” Gates said. “At these odds, I think it is more than fair to give Poston a light sprinkle to come away with the win.”

The 29-year-old went 21 under at TPC Deere Run to cruise to a three-stroke victory, his second on the PGA Tour and his first in nearly three years. Gates’ top three fantasy anchors also all finished in the top 16, two of them in the top 10.

At the Travelers, he was all over Sahith Theegala, who was priced at just $7,300 at DraftKings and finished as a runner-up to help many Fantasy golf players cash in. At the Memorial, five of Gates’ nine picks finished in the top 15, including his biggest sleeper, Brendan Steele — just $6,600 at DraftKings — who posted a top-10 finish.

And at the Wells Fargo, four of his top six players finished in the top five, including winner Max Homa, a 40-1 long shot. Anyone who has followed Gates is way up.

Now, Gates has ranked his top golfers for the Open Championship 2022. You can only see his Fantasy golf rankings and Open Championship picks at SportsLine.

2022 Open Championship Fantasy golf picks

For the British Open at St. Andrews, Gates is backing Justin Thomas as an outright winner, despite his middling results in this event. The two-time PGA champion has been hitting the ball as well as anyone and will be eager to break his mediocre run in the UK. He hasn’t finished higher than 11th in the Open Championship and missed the cut at the Scottish Open last week. Still, he has been at the top of his game all year and has all the skills required to succeed. He is first on tour in birdie average (4.7 per round) and fourth in scoring average (69.3), so he can definitely go low.

On the other hand, Gates isn’t expecting a lot from Jordan Spieth and is fading the 2017 Open champ. That British Open win was one of four top-10 finishes in eight tries, and he was second last year at Royal St. George’s. But his game hasn’t been up to par, and his driving and putting issues will be a major problem on the Old Course. He is 141st in driving accuracy (57.2 percent) and 145th in strokes gained putting. He also has just five top-10 finishes this year and finished no higher than 34th in the majors. See his full 2022 British Open Fantasy golf rankings here.

How to set your 2022 Open Championship Fantasy golf rankings

For the year’s final major at St. Andrews, Gates is backing a player for fantasy rosters who will be overlooked. This golfer is an excellent player around the green and should excel on a course like St. Andrews. The expert believes he will bring the best value to help you build a strong lineup. You can find out who it is, and check out all of Gates’ top Open Championship golf picks, at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2022 Open Championship, and who are the top PGA Tour players to target for your Fantasy picks? And which overlooked players can help you win your league this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Riley Gates’ Fantasy golf rankings for the 2022 Open Championship, all from the fantasy expert who has been on fire with his picks, and find out.

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