Strong field heads to Troon for 145th Open Championship
It’s the 145th Open Championship this week and the tournament returns to Royal Troon for the first time since Todd Hamilton was the champion back in 2004.
Johnson, Day and McIlroy lead this year’s Open betting
All of the last six winners of the Open at Troon were Americans who had won previously in the same year. There could easily be a seventh man added to that list if Dustin Johnson continues his superb recent form.
The 32 year old captured his first Major at this year’s US Open and he is now up to second in the world rankings after some great results. His last nine results have been: T5, 3, T4, T28, T12, 3, 5, 1 and 1 – enough for an each-way payout on seven of the last nine occasions.
DJ also has an excellent record at the Open, with four previous top 15 finishes. He may need to reign in his driving this weekend – he ranks second on the PGA Tour for driving length and Troon is a course which demands good management – but it’s hard to see DJ not featuring on Sunday afternoon. Johnson is the 9/1 second favourite.
The Open often rewards those golfers who make their putts and there’s no-one better in the world on the green right now than Jason Day.
The world number one came close to an Open win in 2015 when he left his putt on the 18th at St Andrews a couple of inches short, narrowly missing the chance of a four man play-off. Saying that, the world number one has attributed his huge run of success to that disappointment, and he arrives in Scotland in great form having won three Tour events since March. He has four top ten finishes in his last five starts and is a worthy 8/1 favourite this week.
Rory McIlroy was unable to defend his Open title last year due to an ankle injury and the Irishman arrives this year in steady if unspectacular form. He missed the cut at the US Open – the first time in a Major since 2013 – although he has had four top tens and a win at the Irish Open in the last couple of months.
McIlroy is a 10/1 chance this week while Jordan Spieth can be backed at 12/1.
Pair of South Africans look good value in Open betting
Every time a big tournament rolls around we talk up the chances of Charl Schwartzel. The 2011 Masters champion is a proven winner who is in good form but his Major performances have often been somewhat disappointing.
The South African has just two seventh place finishes in his last 20 appearances at Majors but he has the sort of game that suits Troon and has been in excellent form this year. His one missed cut was at the Masters and the 31 year old has finished T5 and T7 in his last two starts.
Schwartzel has four top 20 finishes at the Open since 2010 and we think he will finally come good one of these days. He is a tempting 66/1 chance here.
Schwartzel’s compatriot Branden Grace is another who we have been following in recent months. Now into the world’s top 10, Grace has recorded top five finished in three of the last five Majors and is a recent winner on the PGA Tour.
An excellent second round 67 put him in contention last weekend at Castle Stuart before a disappointing 74-71 saw him finish in a share of 29th place. His best finish at an Open is a T20 but he has never failed to make the cut in five appearances. Grace is a 30/1 chance this week.
Earlier this year, a talented Englishman who had largely flown under the radar came through to win one of the Major titles. Danny Willett is now the Masters champion, but could Andy Sullivan emulate his colleague this week?
Sullivan has been in brilliant form in recent weeks, recording top 25 finishes in his last five events. He showed at the WGC Cadillac and the US Open that he can compete in this company and he has warmed up brilliantly with T5 and T6 finishes in his last two events – including a great performance at a Scottish links course last week.
Sullivan won three European Tour events in 2015 and finished T30 on his Open debut last year. He looks absolutely terrific each-way value at 80/1.
Last week we talked up the chances of Matteo Manassero, the young Italian who burst onto the scene as an 18 year old but who now hasn’t had a Tour win since 2013. Well, the 23 year old duly rewarded punters who followed our tip at 150/1 by finishing two shots behind eventual winner Alex Noren in a share of third place.
Manassero’s recent form has been improving, with a couple of top 15s and a top 50 finish at the US Open preceding his T3 at Castle Stuart. He has two top 20 finishes at the Open before and with each-way bets settling on the first six, he could be worth a small investment at 175/1.
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