Fantasy Golf Picks: Castle Stuart Hosts 2016 Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson looks to win the Scottish Open again on the course he triumphed on in 2013

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Here are the fantasy golf picks for this week where it's the 2016 Scottish Open with no PGA Tour event after the Greenbrier Classic was cancelled due to severe flooding

Fantasy Golf Picks: Castle Stuart Hosts 2016 Scottish Open

This week's fantasy golf only features one tournament after the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

Severe flooding in West Virginia has killed a reported 26 people and left many without homes or food and water.

This means that Castle Stuart takes centre stage for the 2016 Aberdeen Assett Management Scottish Open.

Many of the world's best are taking to the links at Castle Stuart to prepare for next week's Open Championship at Royal Troon. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Many of the world's best are taking to the links at Castle Stuart to prepare for next week's Open Championship at Royal Troon. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Fantasy Golf Picks for week 14:

USA 1: Phil Mickelson - Philly Mick won here in 2013 before winning the Open at Muirfield the week after. He's proved he can win on the links and has always loved this event.

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USA 2: Patrick Reed - The Texan has nine top tens on the PGA Tour this season, including two runner-up finishes. He's played a bit on the European Tour and I expect him to be up there this week.

GB: Andy Sullivan - Sully had a great week in France last week, finishing in T5th. His game is looking closer to its best.

Ireland: Shane Lowry - Lowry has proved himself as one of the world's finest players over the last 18 months and held the lead after 54 holes at the US Open a few weeks back.

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Scandinavia: Henrik Stenson - The world number six, fresh off his BMW International Open victory just two weeks ago, comes into the event as bookies' favourite and has enjoyed a fine season so far. He was T3rd at the Scottish in 2013 when it was last held at Castle Stuart.

Rest of Europe: Martin Kaymer - The German ended last week in France at T5th despite an opening round 74 so closed with three impressive rounds.

Asia: Thongchai Jaidee - The Thai is highly underrated but after his Open de France win last week, he now has eight European Tour wins including three in the last three seasons. It's rare for players to win back-to-back but I'm sure Thongchai should earn you some points this week.

Africa: Branden Grace - Remember who Mickelson beat in the play-off in 2013? Yep, it was Branden Grace. The man from Pretoria has had a great season, winning the RBC Heritage in April, and had a good week at the WGC Bridgestone where he finished T17th. He plays a lot of his golf at Fancourt in South Africa and is a great links player.

Australasia: Danny Lee - The Kiwi hasn't missed a cut on the PGA Tour in his last eight starts dating back to April.

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV