British Open 2016 Betting Tips
British Open 2016 Predictions & Betting Lines
Jordan Spieth is entering Thursday’s British Open with one thing in mind: Adding another major to his growing collection.
The American rising superstar, who has two major golf titles — a Masters Green Jacket and a U.S. Open crown — will get the chance to add to his major trophy collection this week when the World No. 3 competes in The Open.
“This is a very special tournament,” Spieth said during a news conference. “The Claret Jug is something I’ve held in my hands. I crave to have that trophy in my possession at some point and to reach a third leg of the grand slam this week would be a fantastic achievement and a lifelong goal.”
But to get his hands on the Claret Jug once again, Spieth will need to get through a field that features Dustin Johnson, who is coming off a U.S. Open title himself, along with 2015 PGA champion Jason Day.
Here are five players that could win the 2016 British Open:
Dustin Johnson (+900)
Johnson made a statement at the U.S. Open, winning by three strokes to claim his first major victory after also winning the Bridgestone Invitational previously. The American is looking for a third-straight tournament win heading into Thursday’s opening round at Royal Troon. Johnson is up against the odds, however, as there have only been 36 golfers to win three straight tournaments or more in PGA Tour history. Four of those streaks have come in his century and only three have included major championship wins. Bet365.com pegs Johnson at +333 as the top American finisher at The Open, ahead of Spieth.
Jason Day (+900)
No matter the event, Day is always a favorite to contend for a championship on the PGA Tour. The Aussie came within striking distance of lifting the Claret Jug in 2015 after finishing tied for fourth place. Day has been riding a hot streak of his own, winning seven tournaments over the last 12 months, including the PGA Championship in 2015. The world No. 1 is a +900 favorite — along with Johnson — to win Claret Jug this weekend according to Bet365.com. He’s also a +175 favorite to place in the top five.
Rory McIlroy (+1100)
If there’s one guy to put your money on this weekend, McIlroy is your guy. The 2014 champion missed last year’s tournament after suffering an ankle injury. But the Irish star is back and ready to make another run at the Claret Jug despite not winning a major in two years and falling to No. 4 in the world rankings. “I am happy with where my game is,” McIlroy told reporters this week. Bet365.com puts McIlroy at +1100 to win the tournament outright and +188 to place in the top five overall.
Jordan Spieth (+1200)
The American is still trying to forget about his Masters collapse that cost the 22-year-old his second straight Green Jacket. Spieth made a run at last year’s tournament, but fell one stroke short of forcing a four-hole playoff with eventual winner Zach Johnson. Royal Troon’s last six Open champions have been Americans — two of which are Texans, where Spieth hails from. Spieth will need the same performance as his 2015 Masters victory to keep up with the top dogs in this tournament. Bet365.com has Spieth at +1200 to win The Open outright and +200 for a top five finish. While some bookmakers are writing the American off, expect Spieth to be near the top of the leaderboard all tournament long.
Adam Scott (+2000)
Scott hasn’t been relevant on the major stage since winning the Masters in 2013. Scott has never won the British Open, but he should have in 2012 when he led the tournament after 54 holes at -11 before bogeying the final and essentially handing the major to Ernie Els. Despite the collapse, Scott has had success in the past at The Open, finishing in the top 10 in each of the last four tournaments. Bet365.com puts the Australian golfer at +2000 to win the British Open outright and +400 to earn a top five finish. Scott may not be in the same class as the four other golfers mentioned as the favorites, but he’ll certainly be knocking on the door to win his first Claret Jug.
Phil Mickelson (+4000)
At 46-year-old, Mickelson has a little gas left in the tank. The American former world No. 3 has been on this stage plenty of times and won The Open Championship in 2013. Bet365.com puts Lefty at +4000 to win the tournament outright and +700 to finish in the top five. Keep an eye on Mickelson after the first round before putting your money on the five-time major champion.
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