British Open betting is always a tricky but fun undertaking. Handicapping golf’s most difficult Major is not for the faint of heart. I thought I would therefore share my PGA lines preview, and if it assists any of my readers with making winning golf bets then all the better.
As you no doubt remember, I correctly picked Henrick Stenson as my “dark horse” candidate to win last year’s British Open. I ate well my friends for long after that bet having picked up the talented Swede at +2800.
British Open Betting – Golf Odds
Stenson hasn’t done much since this time last year but remains at +2000 which I think is too lean given his form. To be fair, he did set the record for the the lowest total score through all rounds of a Major so he can do it- and the course at Royal Birkdale suits his irons game.
Betting British Open Lines – PGA Golf
Aside from the defending champ, who else has a shot at the 2017 British Open? Well there is the usual suspects of course and any one of them could take home the silver claret jug come next Sunday.
Dustin Johnson has yet to add a British Open win to his U.S. Open Major victory, but that could all change this week. In terms of British Open betting, the DJ is the money favorite coming in at a lean +1100. I don’t think this is unreasonable given how awesome DJ is but I do like a little more shimmy on my shake.
Jason Day has struggled to put together the dominance he experienced over the past two years, particularly in 2015, and finds himself at +2000. I like the number but not crazy about Day’s form as of late so leaning away from this one.
Golf Wagering Online – British Open Odds to Win
We then of course have Jordan Spieth and I am a little more excited here. I think his dramatic win at the Travelers Championship has done wonders for his game in terms of regaining some confidence. You could very well see the return of the Jordan Spieth of a couple of years ago and at +1200 the bookies seem to agree. I just may have a wager on this one.
Golf Betting Online – PGA Wagers
We then have a pack of talented golfers that all have the chance to win this weekend in Southport. Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy at +1400 makes sense. Justin Rose and John Rahm at +1400 make a little less sense although both are talented golfers. If you like the number, then I still think Rickie Fowler is due for a big tournament and +1400 might be in the right range when it comes to British Open betting.
And then we have Sergio Garcia at +1800 and the Spaniard seems to have gained a lot of peace of mind from his 2017 Masters win. I like Sergio and I think he is probably mentally much better off now that he has won a major, but I find +1800 a bit thin. However, he has a serious irons game which will come in handy this weekend. I would say take a close look at him and handicap according to your own predictions.
My secret dark horse wager for British Open betting this year however is Hideki Matsuyama. The 25 year old Japanese pro is World No. 2 and second on the PGA money list this year with almost six million dollars in earnings. He came in second at the 2017 U.S. Open and is poised on the brink of serious major level success. He currently sits at +1800 which I think given how he will most likely perform this weekend could be good value. So if he is the second best player in the world then how is this a dark horse bet? Because nobody thinks he can pull off the big win. You heard it here first!
2017 British Open Prop Bets – Golf Match Up Wagers
While you are taking a look at the Odds to Win the 2017 British Open lines, don’t forget to check out the complete range of golfing prop bets on this weekend’s contest. In addition, there is a full range of British Open Matchups lines for each pairing so get on those early which is when they tend to be weakest. I may take a look at some of these in depth later in the week.
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