Open Championship 2018 Odds
The Open Championship, commonly referred to as The Open, is a prestigious golf tournament held in the UK annually. The Open is the oldest golf tournament among the majors (the Masters, US Open, The Open, and the PGA Championship) and is the only major golf tournament held outside the USA.
The story of The Open began in 1860 when the first tournament was held at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. It involved only 8 players, but with every passing year, the tournament grew in popularity and eventually became one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world. It is organized by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the ruling authority for golf except for the USA and Mexico.
This year’s Open Championship will be held at the Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course in Scotland. This will be the 8th time the tournament is held at this course and will run from 19-22 July. As most golf fans surely know, The Open is played in a 72-hole stroke play format, with a field of 156 players at the moment. The world’s leading golfers qualify through an exemption, with the field also including amateurs and professionals qualified through various qualifying events. After the first 36 holes, the leading 70 players fight for the remaining 36 holes, with a 4-hole playoff for the title. In case of a tie, the tournament continues as sudden-death until the one golfer wins it.
The current champion of The Open is American Jordan Spieth, one of the most successful and talented golfers in recent times. Spieth won last year with a score of 268, fighting off competition from Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Brendan Grace, and Dustin Johnson for the title.
The Open has presented us with many surprises over the years such as Ben Curtis’ win in 2003 or Todd Hamilton’s 2014 title. The field has never been more competitive than now, which means that this year’s Open might end up as the best in recent years.
Who’s the Favourite?
Holding the number one spot on the PGA ranking list for 64 consecutive weeks (5th longest streak in the history of the PGA Tour) has made Dustin Johnson the biggest favourite for this year’s Open Championship. The American golfer hasn’t quite enjoyed the season experts considered him to have, but still managed to hold the top position in the rankings after losing it briefly to Justin Thomas.
The former US Open champion won the FedEx St. Jude Classic last month and has been one of the top 5 golfers in the world from 2008-2015. He has 5 World Golf Championships, with only Tiger Woods ahead of him in this category. Johnson is always among the top favourites at any tournament he enters, and the bookies’ odds for the 2018 Open Championship confirm it.
Dustin Johnson’s odds for winning the major stand at 11/1 at EnergyBet and LV BET, and 12/1 at Ole777, Fun88, and SportPesa, and we must admit that they look great. Placing a reasonable bet on Johnson will bring you a lot of money if he ends up winning the tournament, so he should definitely be among your top choices. However, consider your options carefully, as the other players are not too far behind.
Is This the Year of McIlroy?
Fan favourite Rory McIlroy has had quite a difficult and disappointing 2017 season. He was plagued by injuries which cut his playing time to a minimum, but he’s slowly regaining his strength this year. McIlroy had a shot of winning the Masters Tournament and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his first win since 2016. He’ll certainly be looking to repeat his 2014 success at The Open, which will definitely put him back on track.
With odds of 12/1 at LV BET and EnergyBet and 14/1 at Fun88, SportPesa, and Ole777, McIlroy is being given pretty high chances of winning the 2018 Open Championship. He’s breathing down Johnson’s neck, which means that bookies believe he has a real shot at the title. It would be his second crown at The Open after winning the tournament in 2014.
If you believe Wee-Mac stands a chance, you can back him up at any bookie – no matter the choice, you will definitely be looking at a nice return.
Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth’s Chances
Current champion Jordan Spieth and 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose are locked into a tight battle for The Open at bookies, both being given odds of 16/1 (LV BET, EnergyBet, Fun88, Ole777, SportPesa). This puts them close to the first two favourites (Johnson and McIlroy), but bookies can’t separate their chances clearly.
Spieth isn’t the heavy favourite after winning last year’s Open because of the subpar season he’s having this year. He missed the cut at the US Open for the first time since the 2014 PGA Tournament and couldn’t defend his Travellers Championship a week later. He’s obviously not in great shape right now, but his odds of 16/1 are certainly enticing for punters. Who knows, maybe The Open will be the tournament that helps Spieth get back to the top.
On the other hand, Justin Rose won the Fort Worth Invitational this year, making his intentions clear. The American will be looking to upset favourites at the Open, with bookies considering him quite a threat at odds of 16/1, putting him in the same corner as Spieth. Betting on any of these two golfers can bring you a small fortune in return if you’re lucky enough to see them win it.
Surprising Odds for Rickie Fowler
Former number one amateur golfer Rickie Fowler is the bookies’ surprise favourite for this year’s Open Championship with odds of 16/1 (Ole777, Fun88, SportPesa, LV BET, Energy Bet) putting him in the same company as Spieth and Rose and ahead of Rahm and Fleetwood (18/1) or former world number one Justin Thomas (20/1).
Although he still hasn’t won a major, Fowler came pretty close to it at this year’s Masters Tournament, finishing right behind champion Patrick Reed. This was his 8th top-5 finish at a major and clearly boosted his chances for the upcoming Open Championship. The former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year is widely expected to challenge other favourites for the title and with odds of 16/1, he’ll be on most punters’ lists.
What About Woods and Mickelson?
It’s fair to say that bookies don’t give the old guard big chances of winning The Open. Woods and Mickelson stand at 25/1 and 40/1 respectively at all bookies, meaning that they don’t have a clear shot at the title.
Still, they are ranked pretty high up the list and their odds are much better than the odds for some promising young players. Deep into their 40s, these two legends are still being considered a threat, which speaks a lot about their quality.