British Open: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 7/19/18
The 2018 British Open
British Open: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Carnoustie Golf Links) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, NBC
We head to Scotland for the Open Championship, also known as The Open or the British Open. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a chance to make us some money. The field is absolutely loaded and the prices for even the favorites in this tournament are rather tasty. Last week in the John Deere Classic, three of our five picks finished inside the top-20, which included the runner-up in Francesco Molinari. So while it didn’t put cash in our pocket, we’re in consistent form heading into a major event.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Rickie Fowler - Rickie Fowler had top-20 finishes in each of his last four PGA events, and he followed that up by a top-10 finish last week in the Scottish Open. Fowler isn’t winning tournaments, but you can make an argument he’s been the most consistent golfer for the last couple of months. It’s only a matter of time before things break for the 29-year-old. Fowler had a top-25 finish at the British Open last year and was the runner-up in 2014. It’s only a matter of time before Fowler wins a big tournament with his current form. I’ll gladly take +1600 odds here...
Henrik Stenson - Henrik Stenson hasn’t played since finishing sixth in the US Open, so you can either say he’s rusty or fresh. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, Stenson is first in driving accuracy percentage, first in greens in regulation percentage and third in scoring average. Stenson has also finished no worse than 26th in his last eight events. Oh, Stenson also finished runner-up in the 2013 British Open and won the title in 2016, while setting a tournament record with a -20 to par. Stenson and +2800 odds sounds good to me.
Paul Casey - Despite finishing 11th last year, Paul Casey hasn’t had much success at the Open Championship over the years and has been a letdown for the most part in majors overall. Still, Casey enters this week finishing 16th or better in four of his last five events, which includes a runner-up finish at the Travelers Championship. Casey has finished in the top-15 in 11 of his last 12 times making the cut and is fifth in scoring average. This is probably the hottest Casey has been entering this tournament, and England is due for a victory here considering it’s been 26 years. Give me Casey and +3300 odds.
Francesco Molinari - I’m not as high on Francesco Molinari as I was the other three guys, but he’s given me chances to win when I put him on my card, so I’ll give him a chance here as well. Molinari has finished in the top-25 in each of his last four events, which includes a win at the Quicken Loans National and a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic. Molinari hasn’t had a ton of success in majors, which includes just three top-10 finishes, but he’s easily the hottest player in the tournament who isn’t getting a ton of national attention. The Italian has to like where he’s at right now. Give me Molinari and odds of +2800.
Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy hasn’t exactly had the season he’s used to having, as he hasn’t won a PGA event this season and has missed the cut in two of his last five events. Even with that said, McIlroy is still third in driving distance, 12th in scoring average and always a threat to win when it comes to big events that get him motivated. McIlroy is obviously a four time major winner and has finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 15 major appearances. McIlroy has finished no worse than fifth in his last three British Open appearances, which includes the win in 2014. I’ll take McIlroy and +1600 odds.