The third major golf tournament of the year tees off on Thursday, July 14th as the 2016 Open Championship takes place at Royal Troon in Scotland’s Ayrshire with relatively calm weather forecast for the event. The last six tournaments at Royal Troon have all been won by American golfers as the small greens seem to be more receptive to balls coming down from greater heights. There’s been a lot of rain in Ayrshire over the past few weeks so golfers should expect to be playing on a soft course. Troon in well known for an easier front nine and a harder back nine. Therefore, it’s going to be important to get off to a good start before things get a more difficult.
Here’s a look at some of this year’s potential winners and the 2016 Open Championship Betting Odds from bet365.
2016 Open Championship Betting Odds from bet365
- Dustin Johnson 17/2
Second-ranked Johnson is regarded by many as being the world’s top golfer at the moment due to his excellent long game and he’s the favorite to win the tournament. Johnson would attain the #1 ranking in the world with a win here.
- Jason Day 9/1
Day came in fourth place at the British Open at St. Andrews last year for his best ever finish in the event. He’s been consistent throughout his career at the British Open, but not spectacular. The Australian is the top-ranked golfer in the world right now and listed second-favorite to hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday, July 17th.
- Rory McIlroy 11/1
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has been making some changes in his swing lately and he may not be 100 per cent ready for the Open. He managed to win the Irish Open this year, but hasn’t been at his best up to now. He’s ranked fourth in the world and is third favorite to win the event.
- Jordan Spieth 12/1
American Jordan Spieth has won two of his last half dozen majors and he’s been runner up twice as well as placing fourth and 37th, which came at Oakmont due to the long course. Spieth’s long game isn’t the best right now as he’s had some trouble off the tee, but his putting is back at its best after a rocky period. The third-ranked Spieth is at his best under pressure and is listed as the fourth favorite.
- Adam Scott 20/1
Scott’s current form has been good, his long game is quite accurate, and he should be a contender at Royal Troon. He won the Honda as well as winning at Doral a week later with some excellent putting. He also has five top-20 finishes in eight tournaments since then. Scott of Australia is ranked eighth in the world and is fifth favorite to win.
- Sergio Garcia 25/1
Spain’s Sergio Garcia won this year’s Byron Nelson and was in the mix at the U.S. Open right until the last few holes. He’s currently ranked 12th in the world and is sixth-favorite to win the Open.
- Henrik Stenson 28/1
Sixth-ranked Stenson of Sweden has been in fine form lately with a win, six runner-up finishes, three third-place finishes and four other top-10 finishes in the past 12 months. He’s a very consistent golfer, but pulled out of this year’s U.S. Open after two rounds when it was obvious he wouldn’t make the cut. That was the first time since the 2011 Masters in which he missed a major cut. He’s seventh-favorite.
- Branden Grace 30/1
South Africa’s 10th-ranked Branden Grace has been improving steadily over the past few years and he could be peaking at the right time. He’s the eighth-favorite to take the event.
- Matt Kuchar 60/1
America’s Matt Kuchar will be playing Troon for the first time and he’s finished in the top-10 of the British open just once. However, the 15th-ranked golfer could find some success here. Kuchar has 13 top-10 finishes in the past 12 months and five top-six finishes in his last six events. He’s the 18th-favorite here.
- Hideki Matusyama 66/1
Japan’s Matusyama is a relative newcomer on the scene but has missed just two cuts in his 15 major events and has two top-10 finishes at the Masters and has also finished in the top 10 at the British and U.S. Opens. He’s ranked 17th in the world, but been a little inconsistent lately though even though he won the Phoenix in February and is listed at the 21st-favorite.
- Rafa Cabrera Bello 100/1
This talented has Spaniard improved quite a bit in the past half year with a third-place in the Matchplay and fourths in Houston and the French Open along with a top 20 at the Masters. He’s ranked 28th in the world and is 34th-favorite to win the tournament.