Thu, Jul 19, 11:14am by Staff Writer
The 147th Open Championship begins on Friday morning from Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, with world number one Dustin Johnson the favourite to win the years third major at $14 at Sportsbet.
The course has been a challenge for golfers in the past, with many believing it is the most difficult in the Open Championship rotation.
Weather conditions will play a major role this weekend, with the course expected to remain dry and quick for the most part. Wind will have an impact on this links-style course given its well-placed bunkers, making tee-time an important factor to consider.
Defending championship Jordan Spieth is $19 to win the Open, fourth in the line of betting. The youngster will be looking to outperform his recent form and possesses a strong mentality, which could hold him in good stead on this course.
The previous two occasions the Open was held at this course, scoring was difficulty.
Padraig Harrington was the last winning in 2007 with a seven under par score. Prior to that, Paul Lawrie from Scotland won with a six over par.
Justin Rose has recorded seven top-1o finishes in 12 starts this season, with two wins to his name. In the recent Scottish Open, Rose finished in the top ten. He is priced at $18.50 to win the Open.
US Open winner Brooks Koepka is yet to reach the dizzying heights of his first major victory from earlier this season, but has seen support and is priced at $19.
Rickie Fowler is the other player priced under $20, at $17. Fowler’s short game is impressive and he is a strong driver of the ball. He played well at Gullane and the Scottish Open recently, two similar links-style courses, so should fair well at Carnoustie.
Jon Rahm is an underdog worthy of consideration at $21. He is another who is in excellent form, recording three top-four finishes in his last four starts.
14-time major champion Tiger Woods is chasing his elusive 80th career tour victory, with his last win coming in 2008.
Woods has battled back from numerous surgeries in the past two years, as well as personal issues away from the course.
He has recorded three top-10 finishes so far this season, including a fourth placed finish in his latest start at the Quicken Loans National. Woods is a $29 outsiders to win the Open.
2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia broke through for his first win in a major after 73 attempts and is also priced at $31.
The 2016 Open winner Henrik Stenson, who shot a 63 on the final day to record a score of 20-under on his way to victory has struggled in 2018. Stenson has not managed a top 10 finish in his past five PGA Tour starts.
He is $31 to claim the Open, with an elbow injury potentially hampering his performance.
Sportsbet British Open Outright Odds
Dustin Johnson $14
Rickie Fowler $17
Justin Rose $18.50
Brooks Koepka $19
Jordan Spieth $19
Jon Rahm $21
Rory McIlroy $21.50
Tommy Fleetwood $23
Alex Noren $26
Tiger Woods $29
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