The Open Championship gets underway from Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England early Thursday morning, and it’ll be starting in the middle of the night for those of us in North America. Jon Rahm will be looking to defend his recent U.S. Open win, and he’s the clear favorite again at +800. Rahm’s line is actually in tier all its own — Brooks Koepka has the second-best odds at +1600 — as there’s a clear divide between Rahm and the rest of the field as far as the odds are concerned.
Top tier names like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau have continued to see longer odds in recent events, and it’ll be interesting to see if any of them can get back to top form with a change of scenery at The Open Championship.
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Just like at the U.S. Open, Jon Rahm is the favorite, and also just like at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka is the most popular bet. Koepka was +1900 for that tournament and played well en route to a fourth place finish, and he followed that up by coming in fifth at the Travelers Championship the next weekend. Koepka seems to be finding his form, so it’s no surprise to see bettors taking shots on him again with an even shorter line at +1600. He’s the most popular golfer for The Open Championship by both bets and handle, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
First Round Leader
Koepka is leading the way in betting for the first round leader market, as well, though the betting here is much more spread out with a wider variety of names getting shares of the betting action. First round leader betting tends to be less formulaic and more unpredictable from week-to-week, so while it’s not at all shocking to see Koepka up here, it’s also probably not worth reading too much into these numbers. DraftKings bettors seem to have interest in Rickie Fowler as a +7000 long shot, but other than that, there’s nothing in this market that really stands out.
The Top 5 market follows the same theme as the rest of this tournament, with Koepka getting the largest share of the handle here, too. Rahm is next in terms of handle while getting roughly the same volume of bets, but what may be more interesting is that Louis Oosthuizen isn’t too far behind the duo. Oosthuizen actually has just one PGA TOUR win in his career, which strangely enough, was a major victory at The Open Championship in 2010. Seeing Oosthuizen atop this betting market still isn’t very surprising, however, because he’s had an incredible knack for coming up just short in golf tournaments throughout his career. He finished second in both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship this year, and came in third place at the U.S. Open last year. Oosthuizen always seems to be in the hunt, and DraftKings bettors are banking on him being there once again.
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