The Open Championship is one of the best golf tournaments on the calendar, and the wide-open event is always thrilling on the final day.
We’ve scoured the online betting markets to find the best value exotic bets —, including top American, top Australasian and top amateur at St. George’s.
Bettors get value odds with our Open Championship picks.
Top American – Brooks Koepka
We are keen on Brooks Koepka this week and we can’t find any fault in his recent play.
The 31-year-old American finished T-5 in his most recent outing at the Travelers Championship and he always elevates his game for the majors.
He finished T-4 in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June and although he couldn’t chase down Jon Rahm, he was only one shot off being top American behind Harris English.
Four-time major champion Brooks #Koepka says a battle with Bryson #DeChambeau would prove a box office return for the #BritishOpen this week, but is willing to put their differences aside for the Ryder Cup later this year https://t.co/R2ZCh2dxH1 #AFPSports #TheOpen
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Despite being one of the best golfers in the world, he can’t escape the headlines surrounding his flap with Bryson DeChambeau, who would have no problems being paired with Koepka for the Ryder Cup. However, Koepka sees it differently.
“I’m not playing with him. I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be paired together, put it that way. I think it’s kind of obvious,” Koepka told Sky Sports. “It’s only a week. I can put it aside for business. If we’re going to be on the same team, I can deal with anybody in the world for a week.
“I can put anything aside for a team, business, whatever, just to get the job done. No problem with that.”
We’re not sure how his feud with DeChambeau has affected his golf, but Koepka should be all business at Royal St. George’s as he contends for a fifth golfing major.
Golf betting markets have Koepka at +800 to be top American and those odds are well worth taking.
Pick: Brooks Koepka +800
Top Australasian – Ryan Fox
The Kiwi is used to playing on the European Tour, so Fox should be used to conditions served up this week.
Son of legendary All Black Grant Fox, the big-hitting 34-year-old hasn’t had the easiest time of late with CovidOVID-19 affecting his play, but he played well enough at the Scottish Open last week.
His T-44 finish was a step in the right direction after missing the cut in Ireland. He played well at the BMW International Open when finishing only eight shots behind winner Viktor Hovland, so he’s always right around the mark.
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“I haven’t played Royal St George’s at all. From what I heard, it’s good, but it could be potentially one of the trickier Open venues,” Fox said. “Hopefully, it plays firm and fast like most Opens do, and you’ve really got to think your way around the golf course. That’s what I love about links golf.
”You’ve got to put it all together, and you can be playing really well and not necessarily score. That’s sort of what I feel like I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I just need something to click, whether that’s a bit of mental freedom or just even something as silly as a bit of luck.”
Fox is a 12-time professional winner, so the class is there and he recorded a T-16 finish at the 2019 Open Championship.
Bookmakers have Fox at +1800 to be the top Australasian, which is a risk, but well worth snapping up. He can play well for four days and beat his fellow Kiwis and Australians.
Pick: Ryan Fox +1800
Top Amateur – Joe Long
Joe Long has the advantage of being a Brit and he won the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, so he handles conditions well.
The 24-year-old defeated Joe Harvey 4 and 3, which gave him automatic entry into the Masters, U.S. Open and the Open Championship.
It’s a wide-open amateur betting market, which is headed by Cole Hammer at +400. However, Long is a +750 chance and he’s well over the odds given his pedigree and experience.
He has yet to make the cut in his three professional starts, but he only needs to get off to a better start. Long has shot opening rounds of 82, 81 and 77 in his pro events, which isn’t good enough. However, he gets ideal conditions at St. George’s and we’re confident he can improve enough to be a top amateur.