Spieth and Fowler Favorites at 2017 British Open
The 2017 Open Championship, also called the 2017 British Open, begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. This major has produced nine different winners over the past nine years. Odds for this year’s tournament promises another highly competitive contest. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are +1400 co-favorites at press time; Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm are close behind at +1600, followed by Sergio Garcia at +1800.
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Because the Open is regularly held on links-style courses, golfers with European Tour experience tend to outperform their PGA Tour brethren. Spieth tied for fourth at this event during his magical 2015 season, but has struggled to recapture that glory. Fowler has likewise failed to live up to his breakthrough 2014 campaign, although he is coming off a fifth-place tie at the US Open.
Johnson remains No. 1 on the World Golf Ranking, but his game has been off since he hurt his back just before the Masters in April. With all this chaos, a proven winner like 2010 Open champ Louis Oosthuizen (+5000) may be worth a look further down the odds list; Oosthuizen also finished tied for second in 2015 after losing the playoff to Zach Johnson (+8000).
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