Longshots to Consider for Royal Troon
British Open betting should be wide open this year, so the list of players who could win is long. Here are some longshots to chose from.
HENRIK STENSON is the most legitimate of the longshots on this list, because he's a regular on the British Open leaderboard. He was fourth last year, tied for second in Muirfield in 2013 and was third in 2010. This year he's won the BMW International and has two other top 5s.
PHIL MICKELSON won the Open at Muirfield in 2013, and was third at Royal Troon in 2004. He came on strong in the final round of the Scottish Open last week to fire a 66 on another links course. He missed the cut in the other two majors this year. That won't happen again.
Solid in Opens
ADAM SCOTT won two straight tournaments earlier this year and has another two second places. He's capable at links courses, too, having been in the top 10 in the last four British Opens.
RICKIE FOWLER has missed the cut in three of his last five tournaments. That's your red flag. The green flag is that he's had a win, a second and seven top 10s in 17 starts. If he's on the upside, he'll play well here; he tied for second at Royal Liverpool in 2014 and fifth at Royal St. George's in 2011. Or he could pull a 30th place like last year. Take your pick.
ZACH JOHNSON is the defending champion, so that's worth something. And he's had three top 10 finishes in this event. He's had five top 10s in all tourneys this year.
British Open Betting
Golf picks for the British Open offer a lot of angles - to win, to make top 10, top 5 or head to head matchups. Since there are so many players who can do well here, I'm looking for value. There, Sergio Garcia, Scott and Stenson are the players I like. So I'm taking Garcia (+200), Scott (+200) and Stenson (+250) to finish in the top 10. Jason Day (-110) and Jordan Spieth (+120) should be good hedges in that category, too. If you want to swing for the fences, Stenson and Garcia are both 20-1 or better to win.
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