It’s finally here, the wait is over. The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale will undoubtedly be a hotly contested affair. It certainly is with the bookies who have offers galore. SkyBet is paying up to 10 places! Sounds great but there as always, there is a catch. They are only paying one-fifth for Each Way. Other are extending their Each Way places but still at one-quarter so best to have a good shop around. It might seem good at the time but you may end with less.
This is quite possibly the most wide open major of the year. Surprises happen at Royal Birkdale. Ian Baker-Finch and Mark O’Meara have defied the odds at Royal Birkdale so it is always best to have a look lower down the list as well. It is a tough track indeed.
Jon Rahm 18/1 (Ladbrokes)
Rahm has been brilliant that is for sure and he recently added the Irish Open to his trophy cabinet. This showed he could be a contender at the Open as he blew away the competition on the links of Portstewart. He looks the complete package that is for sure and the bookies have made him fourth favourite.
Tommy Fleetwood. 25/1 (BetStars)
He returns home for his home Open. For some that might be difficult to handle but Tommy is looking in great shape as he heads to Royal Birkdale. With the exception of the BMW PGA at Wentworth, Fleetwood has five top 10 finishes from his six events including victory at the Open de France. No wonder he leads the Race to Dubai. Get this price whilst you can as this one will drop.
Phil Mickelson 50/1 (Ladbrokes)
Already the owner of a Claret Jug, Phil went to great lengths to adjust to the links to win at Muirfield. Age is not a factor to him as he is still one to watch and a dark horse to do well at Royal Birkdale. Can produce any shot he wants on his day which is what he’ll need here in Southport.
Rafa Cabrera Bello 70/1 (BetFred)
This is not a printing mistake...what you are seeing is true. At the time of publication, Cabrera Bello is at 70/1. Massive odds for the man who just won the Scottish Open. Dundonald though this is not and Royal Birkdale will throw up some challenges but at these odds, you have pay attention to the Spaniard.
Bill Haas 150/1 (Ladbrokes)
Haas is my outside bet for The Open. T-5th at the U.S Open and was in contention at Royal Troon. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea but a top 10 finish last year makes a solid dark horse. At 150/1, I’d fancy those odds.