Who do the bookies think is going to win The Open?


The bookies don’t always get it right – the fact they were almost certain the Brexit vote was going to be remain is proof of that – but they’re generally pretty clued-up on what’s going to happen. 

So who do the leading bookmakers think is going to win this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon?

Dustin Johnson – 10/1

DJ has only finished outside the top-20 twice this year. That’s a ridiculously consistent level of performance that has seen him overtake the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy to find himself ranked number two in the world. Having got the major monkey off his back by winning last month’s U.S. Open, no one can say that he lacks the mental fortitude needed to get over the line. He followed that with a win at he WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, so no player comes into The Open in better form. He was in the mix at St Andrews last year before falling away at the weekend, but don’t be surprised to see the big-hitting American go one better than his best ever Open finish to date, a second at the 2011 Open. 

Jason Day – 10/1

He’s the world number one and has finished inside the top-10 in each of his last five major appearances, so it’s little surprise that Day is joint-favourite with Johnson. He missed out on the playoff at St Andrews last year by just one shot, and with three wins under his belt already this season, the 28-year-old will be looking to add to his maiden major, last year’s PGA Championship. 

Rory McIlroy – 11/1

The fact that going almost two years without a major victory qualifies as a slump is testament to McIlroy’s quality. It’s widely accepted that, on his day, he is unbeatable. His record this year shows one win, three top-threes, and a further three top-tens. It also shows two missed cuts. You get the feeling that Rory is highly unlikely to be plodding along and finish 40th at this year’s Open. He’ll either be right up there, in the mix, or shoot 83 on Friday and spend the weekend watching the action on Sky.

“I’m at the point where I’m focusing on my performance rather than just trying to get fit,” says McIlroy. “So I feel like it’s about the right time for me to start turning in a couple good results and I’m excited about it.” 

Jordan Spieth – 14/1

Spieth, like McIlroy, has not shown his best form so far this season. He’s missed two cuts and finished a disappointing T-37 at last month’s U.S. Open. That said, bar a five-minute meltdown at the Masters, Spieth would have won half of the last six majors. As it stands, he’s got two wins, two second, and a fourth place finish in his last six major outings. He showed a return to form at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, fnishing T-3, and has won twice this season. Don’t be surprised to see Spieth in the mix come Sunday. 

Who else? 

Don’t fancy backing one of the four favourites? Here’s a selection from the rest of the field…

Adam Scott – 23/1

Sergio Garcia – 28/1

Branden Grace – 30/1

Henrik Stenson – 33/1

Rickie Fowler – 33/1

Justin Rose – 40/1

Phil Mickelson – 50/1

Lee Westwood – 50/1

Shane Lowry – 50/1

Louis Oosthuizen – 55/1

Martin Kaymer – 55/1

Danny Willett – 60/1

Colin Montgomerie – 300/1

Paul Dunne – 400/1

Sandy Lyle – 2,500/1

Who’s your money on?

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