2015 PGA Tour: The Open Championship Odds and Pick
With Rory McIlroy dropping out of this year’s The Open Championship, we will have a new winner in what figures to be a wide open field. McIlroy took home first place in 2014, but he won’t be around to defend his title and as the former favorite to win again, his absence will open the door to shifting odds pushing someone few will see coming into center stage.
So, who should be be watching to take over The Open in 2015? It’s not just one person, although the red-hot Jordan Spieth understandably comes in as the new favorite with 5/1 odds. Spieth continued his killer (and dominant) 2015 run with his second win at the John Deere Classic, giving him a ridiculous four wins on the year. Picking Spieth isn’t fresh or crazy. At this point, it would only make sense.
Of course, golf bettors want a little more wiggle room when thinking about their golf picks, so we should take some time to go over some other names worth considering.
Spieth is far and away the favorite right now, but the likes of Dustin Johnson (11/1), Rickie Fowler (16/1), Justin Rose (18/1), Adam Scott (20/1) and Henrik Stenson (20/1) join him as the only players with 20/1 odds or better to win this year’s Open Championship.
When you’re thinking about The Open odds, you’re always looking for that sneaky sleeper that gives you plenty of reason to believe in them. Tiger Woods is probably a lost cause but some people just can’t quit him. Now might be the time to cash in on Woods, though, a she had one of his best outings in about two years at the John Deere Classic. It’s obviously anyone’s guess if that carries over into The Open, but he’s Tiger Woods and it’s certainly possible he figures himself out eventually. If you’re feeling saucy, betting on Woods may not be the worst idea ever.
Bubba Watson is another fun sleeper (33/1 odds), largely because he’s far too good to be an actual sleeper. Patrick Reed (50/1) and Jimmy Walker (55/1) see their odds dip considerably but they’re definitely worth betting on in this event, while Jim Furyk (70/1), J.B. Holmes (80/1), Kevin Kisner (80/1), Zach Johnson (80/1) and Keegan Bradley (125/1) are all interesting sleepers with fun odds to play around with.
As for as long shots per odds go, Kevin Na (150/1) and Webb Simpson (150/1) might be worth a try.
The Pick: Dustin Johnson
I still think Johnson has nightmares of Chambers Bay in the back of his head and he needs to fix that. If he can simply perform up to the level we’ve seen out of him recently, he’ll have a chance here. Spieth is obviously a good/safe pick, but Johnson isn’t a crazy pick by any means (second best odds) yet gives you a tad more upside.
If you want a “the hell?” pick, I like Louis Oosthuzien. I didn’t place him in the sleeper segment on purpose. He’s won here before (2010) and came really close at this year’s U.S. Open. I like his odds (22/1) and he’s somewhat sneaky, too.
Going even further off the rails, I oddly feel kind of good about Tiger Woods. I won’t bet my own money (or sanity) on him winning, but don’t be shocked if he’s hanging around late in this one.
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