I can't go with The Big Cat. I can't do it. I'm sorry. Yes; it is very tempting to use Tiger Woods as a fantasy golf pick for this week's 2014 Open Championship. Back surgery or no, it's still Tiger freakin' Woods. He won the last Open at Hoylake in 2006. He's the greatest player of this generation.
He's also not going to win this week. Sorry, I'm a realist.
That being said, my fantasy golf picks for the week are all pretty conservative. Adam Scott and Justin Rose are the best players on the planet, and that's not totally taking into account their respective World Golf Rankings (1 & 3). Henrik Stenson (no. 2) also belongs in that conversation. These three men alone have taken over the sport and don't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Rory McIlroy is doing typical weird Rory things, but he's still a decent pick this week. If we can find a way to have him skip the second round, he'll be in good shape. Hopefully.
Jimmy Walker is my only American choice for the week. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for the stars and stripes. Regardless, I feel he's at the pinnacle of his ability and as such should be shown respect. Walker could steal the Claret Jug right from under everyone's noses.
Martin Kaymer is riding the German Hot Streak and should be in contention near week's end. Could he win both Opens this year? He's already got the US national title, and if the World Cup taught us anything, it's that it's really good to be a German athlete these days.
That leaves us with Freddie Jacobson and Sergio Garcia. There are probably stronger plays than both of these gents, but something tells me Freddie is going to win a major at some point in his career, and I refuse to believe Sergio can't do the same.