Jon Rahm heads a huge field that will embark on Royal St. George’s Golf Club this week for The Open Championship.
The U.S. Open winner is in career-best form, but he has the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau looking to run him down.
The online betting landscape for The Open Championship always favors bettors and generous odds are available throughout the week.
Open Championship Top Pick – Jon Rahm
Betting on the favorite can be seen as a cop-out, but there is no better player in the field than Rahm and we wouldn’t leave him off our tickets.
The Spaniard came out of COVID-19 quarantine to win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which was an incredible feat. His one-shot victory over Louis Oosthuizen holds him in good stead at Royal St. George’s, which is one of the easier Open courses.
He is a player that is capable of shooting low numbers, which is ideal for this week’s layout. His recent performance in the Scottish Open, finishing two shots behind upset winner M.W. Lee, was a fine tuneup before the main event.
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Despite his top-10 showing in Scotland, Rahm lost his top ranking to Johnson, which highlights the flaws of the ranking system. However, a win in The Open would propel Rahm back to the top spot and he believes his form in Scotland bodes well.
“I made some aggressive swings without thinking about it as much as I could have because I was playing so well and maybe could have taken a step back. Swing-wise, it’s good. If I just clean up some little mistakes it could be better,” Rahm told the BBC.
Golf betting markets have Rahm +800 to win — the only player quoted at single-figure odds. We’re not surprised to see the markets install him as the overwhelming favorite and we’re happy to take the odds available.
Pick: Jon Rahm +800
Open Next Best – Brooks Koepka
Betting against Brooks Koepka in a major is never a wise move and he should be fighting for the title on Sunday.
The big-hitting American has made headlines off the course with his feud with DeChambeau, but he’s all business when his FootJoys hit the turf.
The 31-year-old finished T-4 at the U.S. Open before recording a T-5 finish at the Travelers Championship. He is recording these results under an injury cloud, so full credit goes to Koepka for being competitive.
His last two major performances have resulted in top-four finishes, so Koepka is as hot as any other golfer on the planet.
Bettors get +1600 for Koepka, who has firmed to the second line of betting. He was on the fourth line behind Rahm, McIlroy and Johnson, but bookmakers have taken sizable bets for Koepka over the last week.
Pick: Brooks Koepka +1600
Open Best Value – Collin Morikawa
There was a sense of disappointment with Collin Morikawa at the Scottish Open last weekend, but it should prepare him nicely for The Open.
The 2020 PGA Championship winner finished T-71, but it was his first tournament since finishing T-4 at the U.S. Open, so we’ll cut him some slack.
Morikawa is a four-time PGA Tour winner, and at the age of 24, that’s an impressive feat. He continues to amaze and we believe he can bounce back in fine style. It was his worst professional finish, which speaks to his talent.
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He has struggled with the Covid environment. Big crowds at other European fixtures haven’t sat well with American players, who have been limited all season.
“It’s tough because when we are stuck inside a bubble, you can just lose your mind sometimes,” Morikawa said. “You have so much time away from the golf course that sometimes you’re just sitting in the room trying to figure out what to do and that’s kind of the hardest part sometimes.
“Especially when you see other people and you see fans wanting to do other things or going out there, and you see 32,000 people out there when you have to strictly eat your food and go back to your room.”
We are more than happy with the +3500 odds available on Morikawa.
Pick: Collin Morikawa +3500
Open Best Outsider – Harris English
There is nothing wrong with the form of Harris English and he could cause a shock at The Open Championship.
The 31-year-old comes off a win in the Travelers Championship, where he endured a lengthy playoff. Prior to that, he finished third at the U.S. Open, so he plays well in big tournaments.
Although he hasn’t played in The Open since 2016, his results were solid. He finished T-15 in 2013 and he has missed the cut only once. His recent form in the U.S. Open is also a good form guide as the courses aren’t too dissimilar.
There is no way English should be paying +7000 to win, so have him on your ticket.