Fantasy GolfAugust 12, 2015

The Justin Rose quote that has us believing the Brit will win the PGA Championship

When you're a fantasy golf writer and you go on a 10-day honeymoon to St. Lucia in the middle of the golf season (note that I planned my wedding for between the British Open and the PGA Championship, at least), you run the risk of getting "Wally Pipped." Steve Hennessey jumped at the opportunity and looked like he might just knock me out for good, especially after he picked three guys who tied for fourth at the Quicken Loans National. But then he made the same mistake so many -- including myself -- have made before by hitching his star to Sergio Garcia. Whoops. So I'm back, baby! And after returning from my restful break, I'm hoping to do better than that this week for the year's final major championship. Who do I like at Whistling Straits? Here's my PGA Tour Fantasy Golf lineup:

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Justin Rose: Rose had a great chance to win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational until his putter went ice cold on Sunday. That didn't stop him from uttering a Patrick Reed-esque statement following the round. "I'm playing better than anyone in the world right now tee-to-green." Boom. That's how J-Rose rolls. I like it. So forget about the fact he's missed the cut at the last two PGAs at Whistling Straits. Yep, forget about that. I'm banking on that solid ball-striking to lead him to a second major title.

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Rickie Fowler: His performance in major championships this season has been disappointing, but Fowler's great play in other events has him as the fifth-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings. He's due to play well in one of golf's four biggest events, and he's shown from his play abroad that he'll be able to handle things if the winds pick up along Lake Michigan.

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Brooks Koepka: A winner early in the year, Koepka was slowed by a rib injury, but he's quietly rounded back into form this summer. Koepka arrives in Wisconsin with six straight top 25s, including a T-6 at Firestone.

Henrik Stenson: In the Dustin Johnson-Jason Day category of "If we pick him enough times at a major, he has to win, right?" category. Unlike those two, Stenson is creeping up on 40. At a venue that will put a premium on total driving, this is a great opportunity for the man who leads the PGA Tour in that stat (as well as ball-striking) this season.

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__ Bench:__ Dustin Johnson and Jason Day.

And for those of you playing other fantasy golf formats:

DraftKings: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Danny Lee and Robert Streb. Let's win me this MILLION, boys. I'd like to be able to go back to St. Lucia for no particular reason.

Yahoo! lineup: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed.

Bench/backups: Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Louis Oosthuizen.

Knockout/One-and-done pick: Justin Rose.

Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Bay Hill), Paul Casey (Honda), Jason Day (Farmers -- WINNER!), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jamie Donaldson (Doral), Jim Furyk (Valero), Sergio Garcia (Players), Bill Haas (Riviera), Billy Horschel (Memphis), Charles Howell III (Sony), Dustin Johnson (Pebble), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (Heritage), Marc Leishman (Nelson), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Phil Mickelson (U.S. Open), Geoff Ogilvy (Hyundai), Louis Oosthuizen (Houston), Ryan Palmer (Humana), Webb Simpson (Greenbrier), Brandt Snedeker (Travelers), Brendan Steele (Phoenix), Henrik Stenson (British Open); Steve Stricker (John Deere), Jimmy Walker (Masters).

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