It’s finally here! The greatest golf championship of them all. The Open. I can hardly contain myself and yet there is work to be done. Who’s going to win the Open this year Spiv? I’ve been asked this so many times following a good run of results. In 2014, I said Rory. In 2015, I placed Zach Johnson in my ones to watch. Talk about pressure in nailing a potential hat trick!
Royal Troon has a habit of springing a surprise or two. Todd Hamilton and Justin Leonard came from nowhere to win golf’s most coveted prize at this very course. A surprise may be on the cards. One thing is for sure, this is not the kind of course that requires a Driver too often. Drive, wedge and putt golf does not apply here. Players will have to be creative, adaptable and tough.
With all of this in mind, choosing potential winners can be pretty tough. However, with the pressure of Hat-trick...I’ll give it my best shot.
Jordan Spieth 12/1 (Ladbrokes)
Of the top four players, Spieth has the natural game to do well at the Open at Royal Troon. His accuracy is a major plus for the young Texan. A solid short game will come into play on this course. He may not hit it far but that actually can be a good thing. He’s not a bad putter so I hear. His form has improved recently and comes in following a T-4 at St Andrews last year as he aimed to win three majors in a row.
Sergio Garcia 28/1 (888Sport)
Garcia loves the Open Championship and has come close on so many occasions. Quite possibly the best player to have never won a major. Has entered the Open in the past in mixed form yet still manages to contend. This year he is playing well. T-5th at the US Open, winner of the Byron Nelson and 2nd at the Honda Classic. Expect Sergio to be up there.
Branden Grace 33/1 (Ladbrokes)
Grace’s odds are seriously fluctuating. 33/1 is the best price so far but some have him as low as 22/1. A strong links player who enters in strong form. Winner of the RBC Heritage, T-5th at the US Open and currently ranked 10th in the World. Has a great chance here at Royal Troon and at great odds too.
Lee Westwood 50/1 (BoyleSports)
The Majors nearly man. Four times over his career he has come so close to holding the Claret Jug. The last time the Open came to Royal Troon he finished fourth. Lee knows this course well and he knows how to tackle it. Experience could be the key and he has plenty of it. An excellent price for an excellent player whose time could come this weekend.
Russell Knox 100/1 (888sport)
Knox played well at the Scottish Open and will undoubtedly be well up for the Open. Fancy a home favourite? This man could be for you. It’s been a strong season for Knox and he can produce a surprise. A very strong Each Way that has the game to go the way.
Paul Dunne 400/1 (Stan James)
Todd Hamilton won the Open in 2004 with odds of 600/1 so if you are looking for an outsider, Dunne could be your man. Held the lead at the Open at St. Andrews heading into the final round as an Amateur. Now a professional he has more to his game.