Jordan Spieth the clear Open golf betting favourite to win his third Major of the year
It is the 144th Open Championship this week and, for the 29th time, it will he hosted by St Andrews. A strong field – minus the world’s number one – will tackle the Old Course at the home of golf in search of the third Major title of 2015.
Jordan Spieth is the favourite and can make history with a victory. Keep reading for our preview of this year’s Open Championship.
Your Open golf betting favourites
A kickabout with his friends ended Rory McIlroy’s Open defence and so the clear favourite for this year’s tournament is world number two Jordan Spieth. Having already won the Masters and U.S. Open this year, Spieth is a clear 5/1 favourite at St Andrews this week.
If he wins, he matches Ben Hogan’s “Triple Crown” achievement in 1953 and it also means he’ll go to Whistling Straits with an opportunity to complete an unprecedented modern-day single-season Grand Slam.
He shot a career best 61 on his way to winning the John Deere classic last weekend and so is in top form. His knowledge of the course could be a handicap – he’s only played once at St Andrews – but the 21 year old is certainly the man to beat.
Rickie Fowler‘s win at the Scottish Open means he enters the Open in good form having chased McIlroy close last year. Fowler is 35/2 while Dustin Johnson finished T12 the last time the Open was at St Andrews and could go well at 12/1.
32 year old Louis Oosthuizen ranks third in this year’s Race to Dubai and his performances this year in the big events have been excellent. While he may have missed the cut in lower profile PGA Tour events such as the Valspar and the Travelers Championships he has been in good touch when it really matters.
The South African was Jordan Spieth’s nearest challenger at the US Open last month, shot four under par to finish T19 at the Masters and recorded an excellent 6th place finish in a strong field at the WGC Cadillac Championship. Considering Oosthuizen won the Open the last time it was hosted by St Andrews he looks a great bet at 20/1.
Some outsiders to follow
If you’re looking for a great each-way long shot, how about JB Holmes? The American may not have recorded a top ten finish in a Major in his career but his best performance was a T14 in 2010 at, yes, St Andrews.
The 33 year old has quietly risen through the rankings and is now ranked 13th in the world, ahead of some much more familiar names. He ranks in the PGA Tour top ten for driving distance and has a win and two second places already this season. He shot four rounds in the 60s last time out and looks terrific value at 85/1.
There hasn’t been a Scottish winner of the Open since Paul Lawrie in 1999 but that could change this year if Marc Warren can continue his form. We tipped the 34 year old to do well last week at 65/1 and the Scot duly obliged, shooting ten under par to finish in a share of 4th position and giving a tasty each-way profit.
Warren is statistically one of the best putters on the European Tour and made the cut at the Open for the first time last year. If he can build on his excellent performance last week he could make the odds of 149/1 look very long.
It’s only a matter of time before Eddie Pepperell makes a breakthrough at a major tournament at the Englishman is a huge 194/1 shot here. With three top ten finishes on the European Tour this season including an excellent T4 at the Scottish Open last week he looks a big price.
Francesco Molinari has three top five finishes in his last five events and looks good value at 91/1 while Jimmy Walker is second in the FedEx Cup rankings and one of the most solid players on tour. He could win his first Major at 61/1.
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