Look, predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why I’m here to help.
Every week I’ll highlight three golfers who have a good chance to win the hardware for the upcoming weekend. This week it’s the final major of the year: the Open Championship.
For a full breakdown of the tournament, check out my betting preview. For a full list of props, visit my Open Championship Ultimate Betting Props Page along with the odds for every player to either make or miss the cut.
Odds courtesy of Bovada
My favorite pick: Brooks Koepka +950
At this point, there’s not much reasoning needed to back Koepka in major championships. All the guy does is come up big in the biggest events of the year, and the American has an advantage at Royal Portrush. Koepka’s caddie Ricky Elliott is a Northern Ireland native and learned the game at the track, so expect him to get plenty of help navigating the course in that regard.
Koepka has yet to win The Open Championship but has two top-10s in his last three appearances here. Koepka is a beast who’s looking to win his fifth major in his last eight tries and should be in the mix at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
My second favorite pick: Henrik Stenson +2800
Stenson had an uncharacteristic slow start to his season but has been heating up at the right time and is in prime form to put on a similar show like he did when he won the 2016 Open. The Swede is looking like his old self at 43 and enters this week with three straight top-10s.
The Open has always been kind to Europeans, and I think Stenson is flying under the radar ahead of the 2019 tournament. At +2800, he offers some of the best value on the board, in my opinion.
My third favorite pick: Marc Leishman +6600
Leishman has traditionally been a consistent performer on the PGA Tour, yet he’s never become a household name. The 35-year-old has five top-10s in majors, with three of them coming at The Open.
Leishman has had a solid 2018-19 campaign that includes five top-10s, with the most recent a solo fifth at the Memorial. He’s well worth a flyer at +6600 odds.