Hideki Matsuyama tipped to win 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale

With the 2017 Open Championship on the horizon, and the bookmakers looking to lure punters in with some outrageous each-way carrots, some may well take their eye off the ball in the win markets, so here we focus on, not who is going to grab a top-5 or top-10 spot, but who is going to be lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday afternoon at Royal Birkdale.

  • Henrik Stenson won Open Championship last year
  • Padraig Harrington won Open last time played at Royal Birkdale (2008)
  • Bookmakers go 16/1 the field for 2017 Open Championship

Thursday 20th July - 6.30am OddsWon/LostBet
2017 Open Championship    
Tips Hideki Matsuyama to win    Best Bet @ 25 / 1  

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We have a triumvirate of Americans topping the betting for the Open, and it's no surprise to see world number one Dustin Johnson amongst that trio at 16/1 with Ladbrokes, as he aims to go one better when second in the 2011 Open, but having had a stunning start to the year he has struggled to reach his best, so has to be ignored.

Jordan Spieth (16/1 with bet365) has two Majors to his name, but has a best of fifth place in the Open, and can often have sticky patches during some tournaments, so can be avoided, while the in-form American Rickie Fowler is the other 16/1 chance with the bookmakers, and the runner-up in the 2014 Open has been in terrific form this year, and of the three has to be the most solid option.

Spanish duo Jon Rahm (18/1 with Paddy Power) and Sergio Garcia (20/1 with Ladbrokes) are another promiment pair, but while the latter will be fresh from a Masters win earlier in the season he has failed to often in the Open, and is easily dismissed, but Rahm is a top-class player on his day, and could relish the trip to Liverpool.

Rory McIlroy (20/1) and Justin Rose (22/1) are another brace of European names that are sure to be backed, but McIlroy is not at his best as of yet, while Rose has failed to build on a fine fourth place at the 1998 Open, so can be dismissed with ease.

Matsuyama The Selection

In at 25/1 with Betfred Bookmakers is Japanese wizard Hideki Matsuyama, who burst into the limelight at the 2013 Open Championship, when finishing sixth, and having finished second in the US Open in his last Major could well be the best bet for those looking for a win bet.

A winner of the Phoenix Open earlier in the year, Matsuyama has become one of the most consistent players on the US Tour, and he has shown tremendous ability to bang in low scores, when on fire, so if he can fly out of the blocks on Thursday then could be a prominent figure over the four days, and at 25/1 with Betfred is a superb win bet.

Possible Challengers

Tommy Fleetwood is one of the form players on the European Tour, and the British star will be hoping to continue his fine play, and at 28/1 with Betfred may be able to shine on Merseyside, while 2016 Open winner Henrik Stenson is 30/1 with Betfred to win back-to-back titles, with Adam Scott (28/1) and Jason Day (33/1) just another brace of leading players in a wide open tournament.

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