The Open Championship – Best Bets
The 147th Open Championship will be held at Carnoustie this year, a golf course in Scotland which is full of history and one that is set to host the tournament for the eighth time in its history. In 2007, Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia in a play-off at the Scottish venue but who will add their name to the history books in 2018?
Rory McIlroy tops the betting at 9/1 to claim his second Claret Jug next month, however, as always with this major championship, it is a wide-open field with so many players in with a chance of landing the honours. Here is a look at the best bests to win the tournament.
Justin Thomas – 18/1
Last month, Justin Thomas became the world number one for the first time in his career as the American has consistently been one of the best players on the PGA Tour for the past 18 months. His maiden major arrived in the US PGA Championship last September where he looked so relaxed on the final day as he shot a 66 to win the tournament by two strokes. The Kentucky-born golfer is playing in the Open for the third time this year, therefore, he should know exactly what to expect now in links golf. At 18/1 in the golf betting, he looks an excellent bet because he will be a major player at Carnoustie as he looks to defend his position at the top of the world rankings ahead of Dustin Johnson, who he recently dislodged.
Brooks Koepka – 28/1
Brooks Koepka established himself as one of the leading players on the PGA Tour last year with his victory in the US Open at Erin Hills. The American also impressively finished inside the top 20 in all four major championships last season, therefore, he has proved he produces his best golf at the big tournaments. The huge hitter is a player who is getting stronger with each year and it would be no surprise if he added to his major tally in 2018. In his last two appearances in the Open Championship, he has recorded a tie for sixth place and a tie for 10th place respectively. At 28/1, he offers a very attractive each-way bet in the world’s oldest major championship.
Bubba Watson – 100/1
It is fair to say links golf under harsh conditions isn’t Bubba Watson’s favourite type of golf course, however, at 100/1, the two-time major winner may have been overpriced to land the Claret Jug given how well he is playing this year. If the sun shines at Carnoustie and conditions remain fair, Watson has the ability to drive many of the greens, opening up lots of eagle opportunities. Watson won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play back in March where he beat Kevin Kisner in the final 7 and 6. He also prevailed in the Genesis Open for the third time in his career earlier in the campaign. The American will be hoping for a big year with the Ryder Cup taking place later in Paris in September, so he is worth taking a chance with here for small stakes.
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