The 2016 British Open takes place at Royal Troon for the 9th time from July 14 through July 17. Jason Day is the lone favorite at 7/1 with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at 8/1 as second favorites. The U.S. Open champ, Dustin Johnson, offers decent odds of 12/1. Keep reading for more information my top expert betting picks for the upcoming British Open.
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My Early 2016 British Open Expert Picks
The Favorites To Win The 2016 British Open: Jason Day 7/1, Rory McIlroy 8/1
Day finished tied for 4th at St. Andrews in the 2015 British Open. He shot a 14 under but it wasn’t enough to catch Zach Johnson who beat Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a playoff. The biggest issue will be Day’s penchant for hitting the ball high. The winds should be rough at Royal Troon. That, and his low odds, make Day a good one to pass on to win the British Open this year.
McIlroy won the 2014 British Open. He got hurt playing soccer last year and had to skip the 2015 British Open. There’s no doubt that McIlroy’s game is well suited for Royal Troon. But, once again, the odds are too low to justify a win bet from me.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2016 British Open: Dustin Johnson 12/1
I think that Dustin Johnson could make it 2 major wins in a row. He was terrific when taking the U.S. Open at Oakmont in early June. He shot a 67-69-71-69 on his way to a 4 under. DJ followed that up with a nice 5th place finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. His British Open form has been good. He has 4 Top 15 place finishes to go along with a tied 2nd in 2011 in only 7 British Open starts. I think he plays very well and has to be considered for a wager at 12 to 1.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2016 British Open: Adam Scott 20/1
20 to 1 odds on Adam Scott makes the Australian the overlay of the British Open. He has 5 total Top 10 British Open finishes. He’s finished in the Top 10 at the British Open in 4 straight. He’s not at the top of his game having failed to post a Top 10 finish since winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in early March. No worries. Scott should be in his comfort zone at Royal Troon. He’s ranked 4th in earnings on the PGA Tour’s money list. He could jump to number 1 with a win in the British Open.
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