The Open Odds & Picks

The Open Odds & Picks

The Open Odds & Picks

The 2017 Open Championship, golfing’s next major tournament, takes place from July 20 through July 23. The favorite is the number 1 golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson. Is DJ a good bet to get the job done at the odds? Who is my smart play to take home the Claret Jug? Is there a big longshot that should hit the links hard at The Open Championship? Keep reading to find out!

The 2017 British Open Odds & Picks

  • Dustin Johnson – 10/1
  • Rory McIlroy – 10/1
  • Jordan Spieth – 11/1
  • Jason Day – 16/1
  • Sergio Garcia – 16/1
  • Jon Rahm – 16/1
  • Rickie Fowler – 18/1
  • Henrik Stenson – 20/1
  • Hideki Matsuyama – 20/1
  • Justin Rose – 20/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood – 20/1

The Las Vegas Oddsmakers’ Pick To Win The 2017 Open:  Dustin Johnson 10/1

DJ has already earned over $6.35 million this year. He’s ranked first in the world. But, does he deserve the low odds? I’m not sure. On one hand, he hasn’t entered a PGA Tournament since missing the cut at the U.S. Open. That major tournament took place from June 15 through June 19. Before failing to make the cut at the U.S. Open, DJ also failed to make the cut at the Memorial Tournament, a prep for the U.S. Open.

Then again, Johnson has been on the bench with one goal in mind:  winning The Open Championship. If Johnson offers his best, he can win. Still, the odds are awfully low. I’ll look elsewhere.

The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 Open:  Hideki Matsuyama 20/1

Ranked number 2 on the money list, Matsuyama has shown up in both PGA Major Tournaments this year. At the Masters in April, he shot a 76-70-74, 67 to finish eleventh at -1. He shot a 12 under at the U.S. Open. That was good enough for Matsuyama to finish second.

For finishing second at the U.S. Open, Matsuyama took home over $1 million. Matsuyama played this past weekend in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Although he finished fourteenth, he shot a -13. What it means is that he’s tuning up for The Open Championship.

Since Matsuyama had no trouble traversing a links course in the Irish Open, I’m more bullish than ever on his chances to finally win a PGA Major.

The Long Shot Pick To Win The 2017 Open:  Lee Westwood 50/1

Westwood’s form hasn’t been great. He finished fifty-fifth at the U.S. Open. Before that, he finished sixty-fifth at TPC Sawgrass. To make matters worse, he finished one-hundred and forty-second at the Irish Open.

Why, then, do I like Westwood? First, I think the odds make him a huge overlay. Westwood is as good over The Open Championship courses, including Royal Birkdale, as any golfer offering odds. If he can get his mind right, it’s all mental with Lee, he could surprise.