Dustin Johnson enters the Open Championship (aka the British Open, aka the Open) as the golf betting favorite (+1385) to win the third major tournament of the season on July 20th-23rd at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England – which makes it the only major played outside of the United States. This may or may not come as a surprise for people who bet on golf, as the World No. 1 has been rather unlucky with majors this year; he skipped the Masters Tournament with a back injury following a mysterious staircase mishap, and missed the cut in the US Open – his second straight missed cut in a very long time. But you know what they say about the DJ: There’s not a problem that he can’t fix, ’cause he can do it in the mix. ‘Cause he can do it in the mix, in the mix, in the mix. And last night he did save my life from a broken heart with a song.
There goes the last DJ but not the only online betting fave at the Open…
Jordan Spieth (+1415)
Spieth had his second-worst finish at the US Open with a T35 but bounced back with a win at the Travelers Championship in his debut in that tournament – his second win of 2017. Spieth finished tied for 4th place at the 2015 British Open with a final score of -14, one stroke out of a playoff. He had been tied for the lead but bogeyed the 17th hole and could not make his birdie on the 18th to make it to the playoff.
Rory McIlroy (+1700)
Rors is kind of in a similar golf betting situation as DJ. He has good odds of winning the Open Championship – which would make him a two-time winner after his 2014 win – even though his recent performance has been spottiest than a Rorschach test. Wee Mac missed the cut in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (which is hosted by his very own foundation). That’s three missed cuts in his last four starts, including the US Open. In addition to his 2014 win, McIlroy finished tied for 3rd place in the 2010 Open and tied for 5th at the 2016 edition of the tourney.
Rickie Fowler (+1415)
Coincidentally, Fowler was one of the two runner-ups during the Northern Irishman’s 2014 win. Additionally, he tied for 14th in 2010 and for 5th place in 2011. Speaking of which, Fowler posted his sixth top-5 finish in a major at the 2017 US Open. He has had two top 5 finishes and one top 10 in his last three outings.
Henrik Stenson (+2525)
And what would golf betting be without a bit of a long shot? In this case last year’s British Open winner Stenson, who has certainly done better in the European Tour – which is pro what with the Open being played in England which is in Europe – but who missed the cut in both majors played so far this year.