The 146th British Open commences from Thursday, July 20. After extensive exemption and qualifying rounds in major championship, the Royal Birkdale field will see 156 players fighting for 2017 British Open Championship.
Three of the biggest favourites for the British Open are Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. All are terrific when it comes to wagering on the third major at Royal Birkdale. They all have displayed good show at the British Open in the past. McIlroy has won it, Johnson has nearly won it multiple times and Day has never missed the cut.
Here, DSPORT has picked up top 8 contenders for the 2017 Open Championship.
Dustin Johnson – The big hitting American goes into the event as world No.1 and favourite to lift his first Claret Jug. The World No. 1 nearly won four consecutive PGA Tour events earlier this season, and has made seven straight cuts in this tournament, including five top-15s, after an MC in his 2010 debut. Good news for his fans, as Johnson leads the table with his current odds 10/1.
Jordan Spieth- Speith earned his 10th PGA Tour victory this year after winning the Travelers Championship. He is the second-youngest since World War II to win 10 times on the PGA Tour (Tiger Woods — 23 years, 6 months). At Royal Birkdale precision takes priority over distance and Speith knows this really well. Current odds 12/1 (Tied for second favourite with Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm behind Dustin Johnson).
Jon Rahm- With a dominant performance at the Irish Open, Jon Rahm now has the second-best British Open betting odds. Entered this year at 137th spot in the world, but by the end of May was into the top 10 and then stormed to a six-stroke victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He will make his second start at the Open next week at Royal Birkdale. Rahm is listed at 12/1, the same odds given to Jordan Spieth as well.
Sergio Garcia- The Spaniard has a sparkling track record at the Open, including finishing no worse than T-6 the past three years. In the 145th Open at Royal Troon Garcia achieved his 10th top 10 finish in the championship and 22nd in all majors. He stood second in the world rankings behind Woods after his success at the HSBC Champions in 2008, the same season that he lifted the Players Championship after a play-off with Paul Goydos. His most recent victory came in Dubai in February. Current odds 15/1.
Rory McIlroy –He has not tasted any Major victory since 2014 but you just can’t ignore this Irishman, who knows what it takes to win the Open and relishes the test which a Link course presents. McIlroy won when the last time this event was played in England, and he’s still ranked third in the world despite an injury-plagued 2017. Current odds 15/1 (Fallen from 12/1).
Rickie Fowler- Fowler finished as a joint runner-up behind Rory McIlroy in The Open at Hoylake and Martin Kaymer in the US Open during a 2014 season which also saw him come third at the PGA Championship and fifth in the Masters. Fowler is statistically having the best season of his career at second in strokes gained and first in scoring average. Current odds 15/1.
Jason Day- Seven wins in under a year – a run which included his first major at the PGA Championship, a second World Golf Championship and the Players Championship – make him a clear choice for top 5. At Whistling Straits in 2015 former World Junior champion Day became the first player to finish a major 20 under par after beating Jordan Spieth by three. It came a month after he had a putt to tie for The Open at St Andrews, but left it inches short. In August 2016 he came close to a successful defence of the PGA crown with a last-hole eagle, but Jimmy Walker pipped him by a stroke. Current odds 20/1.
Hideki Matsuyama- According to the former British Open champion Johnny Miller, Hideki Matsuyama has all the things required to win the next week’s championship at Royal Birkdale. Matsuyama spectacularly finished 2016 with four victories and a second place in five worldwide events. He is currently reigning as the World No. 2, the best position ever achieved by a Japanese golfer. There are high hopes of him taking 2017 Claret Jug home.