Preview – Royal & Ancient – 145th Open Championship – Royal Troon Golf Club – Ayrshire, Scotland –
This week the Champion Golfer of the Year will earn the Claret Jug at the 145th Open Championship.
The game’s top players could be distracted a bit by media questions regarding the Olympic nubs – Jordan Spieth just bailed on the Rio Games – and other comments like those made by Rory McIlroy about the games.
World No. 1 Jason Day and 2nd-ranked Dustin Johnson are among the top picks this week. DJ, coming off the U.S. Open victory at Oakmont, had the lead at the Open Championship in 2011 before blowing a tee-shot out-of-bounces leading to Darren Clarke’s victory.
Johnson, now the highest he has ever been in the Official World Golf Ranking, has 10 Top 10s this season. But, Day is the man to beat according to experts. The Aussie enters this week in Scotland with five straight Top 10s in major championships.
Royal Troon Golf Club hosts the 145th Open Championship.
- Zach Johnson became a two-time major with his playoff victory against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Spieth finished a shot back of the playoff.
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FANTASY: Sergio Garcia always plays well at the Open. He has nine Top 10s in his last 14 tries. He comes into the event with solid showings on the PGA Tour. Perhaps, he’s ready for that maiden major title. Take Day with his form – looking to make it a half dozen consecutive Top 10s in majors. Shane Lowry is a play after his U.S. Open run. He won a WGC title just a season ago.
BETTORS: Both Day and DJ are co-betting favorite at www.skybet.com at 9-to-1 odds followed by Rory at 10-1 and Spieth at 11-1. But, for the value, we like Adam Scott, a past Open champion, at 20-1. For a longer shot, consider playing Oosthuizen (45-1) or Lowry (40-1). Take a flier on Graeme McDowell at 66-1.
Other Golf News:
- Eleven of the last 23 Open champions have been ranked inside the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings heading into the event.
- The PGA Tour hosts the Barbasol Championship this week in Alabama at the Robert Trent Jones Trail. Robert Garrigus, Hunter Mahan and Angel Cabrera are in the field. Kyle Reifers (22-1) is the outright betting favorite.
- The LPGA Tour moves to Ohio this week for the Marathon Classic. Chella Choi is the defending champion. Rolex Ranking No. 1 Lydia Ko, a former champion at this event, is the favorite at 2-1 odds. For better payback, take Haru Nomura at 25-1 odds. She already has two victories this season.