One of the best Sundays in Open Championship history gave us a first time major champion, an exhilarating duel between two great players and memories that won’t go away anytime soon.
Henrik Stenson carded a final round of 8 under 63 to finish the tournament at 20 under - the best final round in major championship history. The 40-year-old beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes to win the Claret Jug.
The Swede’s combined score of 264 is the lowest score ever in one of golf's premiere tournaments. It was only the second 63 shot in the final round of a major, joining Johnny Miller at Oakmont in 1973.
J.B. Holmes, who finished in third place at 6-under-par, was so far off the lead he wasn’t even a factor on Sunday. The 11-shot gap between second and third was the largest in Open Championship history.
Heading into the tournament, Stenson was +2800 to win the hardware. The sixth-ranked golfer in the world hasn’t gotten much respect from oddsmakers, but that’s surely going to change going forward.
Next up on the docket is the PGA Championship which gets underway at Baltustrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on July 28.
According to sportsbooks, the British Open is a two-man race.
With Henrik Stenson (-12) and Phil Mickelson (-11) towering above the rest of the field, online shop Bovada has tabbed Stenson as the -130 favorite to hoist the Claret Jug. Mickelson (+120) is searching for his second Open title after winning in 2013 at Muirfield, while Stenson doesn’t have a major championship under his belt.
Bill Haas (+2500), Andrew Johnson (+6600), J.B. Holmes (+9000), Dustin Johnson (+15000) and Charl Schwartzel (+1500) are all long shots at this point. Haas, Johnston and Holmes have also never won a major.
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Phil Mickelson remains the favorite to win the British Open, but one man is starting to close the gap.
Thanks to a fantastic round of 65 on Friday, Henrik Stenson is one shot off the lead at 9-under. Soren Kjeldsen (-7), Keegan Bradley (-7), Zach Johnson (-5), Tony Finau (-4), Bill Haas (-4), Charl Schwartzel (-4), Andrew Johnston (-4) and Sergio Garcia (-4) are also in the hunt.
At 10-under, Mickelson is a +200 favorite to win the tournament at Bovada. Lefty was +4000 before the event began and +400 after the opening round.
Stenson (+250), Kjeldsen (+1200), Zach Johnson (+1400), Garcia (+1800), Bradley (+2000), Dustin Johnson (+2200), Rory McIlroy (+1800), Schwartzel (+2800) and Rickie Fowler (+4500) have the next likeliest odds to hoist the Claret Jug.
Zach Johnson’s 5-under is the lowest 36-hole score by a defending champion at The Open since Tiger was -12 in 2006. There are still two days remaining, which means there’s tons of time for him to make a move.
Can Mickelson get the job done? He’s just 1-for-5 in converting 36-hole leads in majors into wins in his career.
Phil Mickelson is 46-years-old, but he turned back the clock on the first day of British Open action at Royal Troon Golf Club on Thursday.
Mickelson fired an opening 8-under-par 63 in front of the Scottish faithful, good enough to tie a major record. Lefty was agonizingly close to sinking a birdie putt on 18 that would have given him the lowest round in major history.
Patrick Reed (-5), Martin Kaymer (-5), Justin Thomas (-4), Steve Stricker (-4), Billy Horschel (-4), Tony Finau (-4), Soren Kjeldsen (-4), Andy Sullivan (-4), and Zach Johnson (-4) joined Phil near the top of the leaderboard.
At Bovada, Mickelson is the undisputed +400 favorite to hoist the Claret Jug for a second time. He started the day at a phenomenal price of +4000.
Rory McIlroy (+1200), Kaymer (+1200), Dustin Johnson (+1600), Zach Johnson (+1800), Reed (+1800) and Henrik Stenson (+1800) have the next best odds to go all the way. Sitting at even-par, DJ didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday and is well off the lead as a result. However, the American has proven he can never be counted out, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him make a charge on Friday.
Just how impressive was Mickelson? Of Phil’s 81 career rounds at the Open, only three have been bogey-free. All three have come at Royal Troon.
It’s not going to be a walk in the park for the San Diego native, though. Of the 144 tournaments in Open history, six players have gone on to win the title when leading after the opening round.
A day before tee-off in the 2016 British Open, one man has emerged as the stand alone favorite at sportsbooks.
Dustin Johnson is once again a +800 fave to hoist the Claret Jug at Bovada. Jason Day was tied with DJ on Tuesday, but the shop has since dropped his odds slightly to +850.
Rory McIlroy (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1100), Adam Scott (+2000), Sergio Garcia (+2200), Branden Grace (+2500), Henrik Stenson (+2800), Justin Rose (+3000) and Rickie Fowler (+3300) make up the top 10.
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Days before tee off in the 145th British Open, oddsmakers continue to shake things up.
Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are now +800 co-favorites at online sportsbook Bovada. DJ’s odds have dropped from +650 since yesterday, while Day’s have stayed put.
Rory McIlroy (+900), Jordan Spieth (+1000), Adam Scott (+2200), Branden Grace (+2200), Sergio Garcia (+2500), Henrik Stenson (+2800), Rickie Fowler (+2800) and Justin Rose (+3300) are right behind them.
Perennially undervalued, 2015 Open champion Zach Johnson is still on the board for a fantastic price of +5000.
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The Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland on July 14.
Dustin Johnson has taken the golfing world by storm, so it’s no surprise to see him atop of British Open odds four days before the tournament gets underway.
At Bovada, DJ is a +650 favorite to hoist the Claret Jug. Jason Day (+800), Rory McIlroy (+1000), Jordan Spieth (+1000), Adam Scott (+2000), Branden Grace (+2000), Sergio Garcia (+2500), Henrik Stenson (+2500), Rickie Fowler (+2500) and Phil Mickelson (+2800) round out the top 10 at the shop.
Fresh off his first major win at the U.S. Open, Johnson once again triumphed at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That victory saw him jump into No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings, leapfrogging Spieth and McIlroy in the process.
Zach Johnson, the 2015 Open champion, is available for a price of +5000. It’s not easy to go back-to-back at this event, but Johnson has the talent to do it.
The 145th Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland on July 14.
Two weeks out from the 2016 British Open, golf’s big three continue to hold steady at the top of odds lists.
At Bovada, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are co-favorites at +700 odds. Dustin Johnson (+1000), Adam Scott (+1800), Rickie Fowler (+2200), Justin Rose (+2200), Sergio Garcia (+2200), Danny Willett (+2500) and Branden Grace (+2500) round out the top 10.
McIlroy, who missed last year’s Open due to an off-course injury, will be hungry to showcase his talents in his home continent. The Northern Irishman won the 2014 Open Championship, becoming only the sixth player to win the tournament to lead wire-to-wire after 72 holes.
Willett, the Masters champion, looks like fantastic value at +2500. The Englishman has been dominant on the European Tour and is clearly comfortable playing across the pond. It’s tough to win two majors in a season, but Willett has the talent to accomplish the feat.
Fresh off collecting his first major title at Oakmont Country Club, Johnson will be looking to go back-to-back. Now that DJ has the major monkey off his back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him triumph in Scotland.
The 145th Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland on July 14.
With the second major golf tournament of the year on the horizon, sportsbooks are holding steady.
At Bovada, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are +700 favorites to win the 2016 British Open. Dustin Johnson (+1000), Adam Scott (+1800), Rickie Fowler (+2200), Justin Rose (+2200), Sergio Garcia (+2200), Danny Willett (+2500) and Branden Grace (+2500) make up the top 10.
Zach Johnson, who won the 2015 Open, ousted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a playoff. Johnson is +5000 to triumph at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.
2012 champion Ernie Els is a huge +8000 long shot to win the hardware. While Els is clearly in the twilight of his career, there’s something to be said for experience at this tournament.
Due to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the British Open and PGA Championship are being played just weeks apart. The 145th Open Championship gets underway on July 14.
The dust has barely settled on a thrilling U.S. Open, but oddsmakers are already preparing for the third major tournament of the year: the British Open. Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland will host the marquee event this time around.
At Bovada, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are +700 co-favorites to win the Claret Jug, while U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson (+1000), Adam Scott (+1800), Rickie Fowler (+2200), Justin Rose (+2200), Sergio Garcia (+2200), Danny Willett (+2500) and Branden Grace (+2500) round out the top 10.
Zach Johnson, who won the 2015 Open, is available for a price of +5000. Johnson won the championship in a 4-hole playoff with Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. McIlroy was forced to withdraw from the event due to an off-course ankle injury but will be looking for redemption this time around in his home continent.
Winning two majors in a row is not easy, but Dustin Johnson may be worth an early shot in the wake of his win at Oakmont Country Club. No longer the best player on the tour without a major title to his name, I expect we’ll see DJ go on a tear throughout the remainder of the PGA Tour season.
Other past champions in the field besides McIlroy and Oosthuizen include Phil Mickelson (+3300), Padraig Harrington (+10000) and Ernie Els (+12500). This will be the ninth staging of the Open at Royal Troon, with its last appearance coming in 2004. Todd Hamilton emerged triumphant in that tournament – the sixth straight time an American has won at the course.
The 145th Open Championship gets underway on July 14.
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