British Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/20/17
The 2017 British Open
British Open: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Royal Birkdale) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
We take a trip across the pond for the 2017 British Open, our third major of the season and the oldest major in professional golf. There’s not much to be said about The Open that hasn’t already been said, as it debuted in 1860 and the winner is rewarded the prestigious Claret Jug. It’s simply one of the best events of the year on the PGA schedule.
You know the drill by now…
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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Sergio Garcia - It may be a stretch to think Sergio Garcia can double dip after winning the Masters, but he has strung together three straight top-25 finishes and has made the cut in all 11 events. Garcia is sixth in greens in regulation percentage, fifth in eagles (holes per) and third in scoring average. Garcia has also finished runner-up in The Open twice in his career and has finished no worse than sixth the last three years. Now that the monkey’s off his back, Garcia can play loose golf. I like my chances with +1800 odds.
Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spieth is showing signs of being the consistent, dominant Jordan Spieth again, as he’s finished fourth or better in three of his last seven events and is coming off a win at the Travelers Championship. Of course, Spieth is always a threat in majors, when it counts most, considering he’s finished fourth or better in 50 percent of his last 10 major appearances. Not to mention Spieth is fifth in greens in regulation percentage, second in birdie average and second in scoring average. Spieth had his chances to win The Open in 2015. While he is one of the favorites this week, you can still get Spieth with +1400 odds, which is terrific value.
Phil Mickelson - Phil Mickelson is finding his form at the right time, as he’s finished 22nd or better in his last three events, which includes a ninth place finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Mickelson is 12th in eagles (holes per) and sixth in birdie average, and he’s finished top-30 in six of his last seven events overall. Of course, Mickelson won the British Open in 2013 while finishing runner-up twice, including last year. In other words, Mickelson has finished second or better in three of his last six appearances at this event. You have to like Mickelson’s chances with odds of +4000 in your pocket.
Marc Leishman - Marc Leishman is coming off a fifth place finish at the Quicken Loans National and has produced top-20 finishes in four of his last six events overall. Leishman hasn’t missed a cut since the Players Championship and is fourth in scoring average. Leishman is also no secret to the British Open, as he was runner-up in 2015 and finished fifth in 2014. Leishman doesn’t have a lot of good showings at majors, but he’s really turned heads here the last few years. Leishman is a live long shot this week given his recent history at this event and his current form, especially with +5500 odds.
Adam Scott - Adam Scott hasn’t played a PGA event in about a month when he missed the cut at the US Open, but he does have seven top-25 finishes in 12 events and four top-10 finishes. Scott is also a respectable 16th in birdie average and 17th in scoring average. Of course, the real reason to like Scott is his history in majors, especially the British Open, where he’s finished 10th or better in four of the past five years. Scott has 16 career top-10 finishes in majors, which includes his Masters victory in 2013 and his runner-up finish in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Scott shows up in big events and I’m giving him a shot with +2800 odds.