Excitement levels have reached fever pitch and productivity has slowed to a crawl as weather watching and team selection for The Open takes over!

With less than 8 hours to go before lockout, i’ve looked at the weather until my brain hurts and still can’t discern enough of a tee time advantage to apply to selection.

Maybe as a last man in play you could look at one of the early groups Friday which looks the best conditions for the first 3-4hrs, but it really is looking very random so i’m selecting on general links ability and recent form.

Rory McIlroy ($23,290): He is hands down the best player in this field at his best, he has 4 top 5 finishes in his last 5 Open Championships and he is at his home deck where he has a course record of 61 as a 16yr old. The one and only negative is the pressure but Rory is under pressure at every Open. I love Rory and will be praying that more and more people find a way to jump off him.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello ($15,340): Clear form selection with a very solid fortnight including a T4 at the Irish Open and a T9 at the Scottish Open, both links courses. Has form at this track too from 2012. Will be chalky which makes him a great fade but the price and form are too compelling for me.

Louis Oosthuizen ($15,780): Looking at tee times I don’t mind Keopka’s run on both days. I like Rory better and I don’t want both guns in my team, so taking Louis who is teeing it with Brooks makes sense. Has a ‘major’ gear that he goes to in the big games similar to Brooks and carries with him plenty of WD scars for players which always keeps his ownership down.

Marc Leishman ($15,070): Like Louis, Leishman lifts for these big games and he loves links golf. Expect he will be 25-30% owned which is way too high for a guy who hasn’t played in a month, but his price tag, name and links record do form a compelling combination. if i am building multiple teams, Leish is the first man out.

Shane Lowry ($14,980): Portrush local who has been in some seriously good form over the last few months with an 8th at the PGA Champs, 2nd at the Canadian Open and then a pair of mid 30’s finishes at the US Open and Irish Open. Loves links, knows the deck, will know every shot required on this course which will hopefully counter the obvious negative which is pressure of a home Open.

Ian Poulter ($14,580): Poulter is rounding into some form after a really cold month on the PGA Tour. Followed up a 41st at the Irish Open with a T14 at the Scottish Open. Loves links, hits plenty of fairways and rarely gets into trouble. Never gets a lot of love on the selection front either.

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