British Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/16/15
British Open: Prediction, Odds, Pick
British Open: Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm (St Andrews)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Golf, NBC
The British Open tees off this week and is the oldest of the four PGA majors. This year, it will take place at St. Andrews, and as usual, it features a loaded field. This should be fun and give us a chance to hit a hole in one if we can nail one of these long shots.
Here are some golfers you should consider putting on your card this week.
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Rickie Fowler - Phil Mickelson told Rickie Fowler that if he won the Scottish Open that he’d have a good chance to double dip at the British Open. Well, guess who won the Scottish Open? That’s right. Now, Fowler doesn’t come into this event in good form, as two of his three missed cuts have come in his last two tournaments. However, Fowler has three top-10 finishes in 13 events and is 30th in the all-around ranking. Also, Fowler has two top-five finishes in his last four British Open appearances. You can currently get Fowler with odds of +1600, which sounds good to me considering he has as good of a shot as anyone to win this thing.
Charl Schwartzel - If you’re looking for a big boy dark horse this week, throw some money on Charl Schwartzel who you can get with odds of +10000. Schwartzel has made the cut in 11 of his 14 events this season and has two top-10 finishes, one of which came at the U.S. Open. Despite not winning a PGA event since 2011, Schwartzel usually shows up at majors, as we just saw, and he’s been in the top-16 in four of his last five appearances at the British Open. Schwartzel is 31st in driving distance and a solid 38th in total driving. This has been a great year for the long shots, and Schwartzel gives you great value on a course he’s played very well on over the years.
Hideki Matsuyama - Another decent size shot would be Hideki Matsuyama with odds of +3800. Matsuyama continues to be one of the more consistent golfers all season long, as he’s missed the cut just once in 17 events and has eight top-10 finishes. Matsuyama is fourth in total driving, fifth in all-around ranking and second in strokes gained tee-to-green. It’s really only a matter of time before Matsuyama breaks through and gets that victory. Why not here?
Patrick Reed - Another player who has been mighty consistent this season is Patrick Reed, who you can get with odds of +7000. Reed has missed the cut just twice in 20 events and has three top-10 finishes. Reed is 14th in total strokes gained, 11th in birdie average and 18th in putting strokes gained. Reed finished tied for 14th at the U.S. Open and tied for 24th at the THE PLAYERS Championship. You know Reed is going to show up and play with high confidence and energy. With Reed’s overall consistency, I think he’s worth a shot here with these long odds.
Jordan Spieth - We hit with Jordan Spieth last week, and he had odds of less than +400. Now, Spieth is giving you a chance to make six times your money, as you can get him close to odds of +600. Who are we kidding? Spieth is easily the best golfer in the world at the moment, and he’s won the last two events he’s participated. Almost have to ride the hot hand here.