2018 Open Championship Ante Post Betting Preview
The next major of the golfing year is nearly upon as The Open Championship takes centre stage at Carnoustie from 19th July and the latest Open Championship Winner Odds would suggest that this is going to be an absolute classic in Scotland...
Open Championship Winner Odds
Padraig Harrington emerged victorious from a play-off against Sergio Garcia when Carnoustie last hosted The Open in 2007 and that was a year before the current bookmakers' favourite for 2018, Dustin Johnson, even made his debut in this event.
Johnson is a 12/1 market leader as he bids to add to the sole major success he enjoyed at the 2016 US Open and the world number one has been in good form this season, winning two tournaments. His best effort at The Open came when he tide 2nd in 2011 and he has secured a couple of top-tens since then.
The 2014 winner Rory McIlroy has gone almost four years without winning a major and recently said in an interview that he wouldn't be bothered if he didn't win another one. Make of that what you will. McIlroy is second-favourite at 14/1 at this stage.
Reigning champion Jordan Spieth is next best at 18/1 as he looks to hit form following a quiet year by his own high standards, while the in-form 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose (18/1) is looking to enhance a relatively poor record that has seen him secure just one top-ten finish at the British Open (tied 6th at St Andrews in 2005).
Rose's English compatriot, Tommy Fleetwood, has three missed cuts and a tie for 27th to show from four appearances at The Open and the recent US Open runner-up is 20/1 with Coral.
Where Is The Value In The Open Championship Betting?
Brooks Koepka edged out Fleetwood to win the US Open for a second year running and he has a decent record at The Open Championship, finishing in the top-ten in his last two appearances.
Three-time Open winner Tiger Woods is 28/1 with Bet 365 as he bids to win this tournament for the first time since 2006.
Finally, Rickie Fowler could be the value pick of the market leaders at 20/1 with Bet 365 as he continues his search for a first major title. The American has been managing to peak for majors without quite winning one yet, with Fowler finishing in the top-five in three of his last five appearance in major tournaments.
In fact, Fowler has now finished in the top-ten in nine of the majors during his career, including a couple of top-fives at The Open, and he will be desperate for success at Carnoustie.