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Early British Open Odds: Johnson the narrow favourite

Tue, Jul 17, 12:36pm by Staff Writer

The 147th British Open begins on Thursday from the Carnoustie Championship Course for the eighth time in the tournament’s history.

Dustin Johnson is the narrow favourite to win the event at $14 at Sportsbet.

World number one Johnson is a worthy favourite, with 2014 champion Irishman Rory McIlroy priced at $17 to win the event.

Justin Rose who finished fourth in the British Open 20 years ago as a 17-year-old amateur and is yet to finish higher at the Open is listed at $18.

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 $29.

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 $23 to claim the Open.

In European and PGA Tour events which took place over the weekend, two youngster’s qualified for the Open.

South Africa’s Brandon Stone was a 1000/1 outsiders ahead of the weekend’s Scottish Open but claimed victory, four strokes ahead of Englishman Eddie Pepperell.

Stone came agonizingly close to the European Tour’s first 59 in history. A superb run of eight birdies and an eagle in the first 16 holes on Sunday set up the South African needing one under par on the final two holes.

After he made par on the 17th, he missed a birdie putt from eight feet on the last. Nevertheless, his outstanding round of 60 has qualified him for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie.

Australian Scott Hend missed an opportunity to qualify for the Open after falling short on the final day. He trailed by only one stroke at the end of three rounds, but the 44-year-olds two birdies and two bogeys in a final round even-par 70 was not enough to grant him qualification to next week’s major.

He slipped to tied-14th place, three shots off a possible qualification position at the Open.

Michael Kim won his maiden PGA tournament on the weekend, dominating the field at the John Deere Classic.

Kim shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to win the even by a record-setting eight strokes.

He has secured a two-year exemption on tour and a trip to The Open for his achievements.

Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished a staggering 27-under, breaking the tournament record held by Steve Stricker.

The achievements of Kim and Stone highlight the importance of lead-in events to majors, and qualification grants players of their stature invaluable exposure.

2018 British Open Odds 

Dustin Johnson $14

Rickie Fowler $17

Rory McIlroy $18

Justin Rose $18

Jordan Spieth $19

Jon Rahm $21

Tommy Fleetwood $21

Brooks Koepka $21

Tiger Woods $29

*Odds at Sportsbet

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