Expert Picks: The Open Championship

The 144th Open Championship returns to The Home of Golf’, the Old Course at St. Andrews. Defending champion Rory McIlroy becomes the first player since Ben Hogen to not attempt to defend his title following an unfortunate foot injury whilst playing football. This is good news for Jordan Spieth, who attempts to continue his quest for the Grand Slam of Majors in a calendar year, having already won the Masters and US Open.

Of the 156 players total, 76 have won a PGA TOUR event, 34 have won a Major, and combined they have 497 Tour wins.

Paul Casey is starting to rediscover the form that propelled him into the world top.5 a few years back. Although Casey hasn’t joined the winners circle this year, he has had two playoff losses, to go with an additional 4 top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Casey’s best finish at The Open came back in 2010 her at St Andrews where he finished T-3rd. Currently ranked No.24 in the world, Casey is great value at 30/1 to capture his first Major Championship.

Justin Rose will look to become the first Englishman to win The Open since Nick Faldo won back in 1992. Rose is already a winner on tour this year having won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and has added a couple of 2nd place finishes including a T-2nd finish at The Masters. Rose’s best finish at The Open came back in 1998 when he was an amateur and he fished T-4th. Rose enters this week offering 20/1 for victory.

Sergio Garcia continues to be one of the best players to have never won a major, and at The Open Championship he has come very close a couple times, finishing 2nd both in 2007 and last year. Garcia has been solid on the PGA TOUR this season having recorded 3 top-5 finishes in 11 starts, including a playoff loss at The Player Championship. Garcia currently ranks 4th on tour for strokes gamed tee-to-green, but like some many times before his putting has let him down. The World No.10 is paying gret odds of 30/1 to finally crack his Major duck.

Brandt Snedeker has won a total of 7 times on the PGA TOUR, but like many he is still looking for that first major. Snedeker’s best finish in a major was at The Open Championship back in 2012 where he finished T-3rd. Snedeker is currently a winner on tour this year, having won the AT&T Pebble Beach back in February, and has recorded additional 7 top-10’s. Soft conditions at the Old Course will bunch this field together, and you’ll need the putter dialled in this week. This works in Snedeker’s advantage as he ranks 5th on tour for strokes gained putting. Snedeker enters this week paying huge odds of 50/1.

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