2017 British Open Preview


The 2017 British Open gets underway at Royal Birkdale in England on Thursday afternoon and it is set to be one of the most open majors in recent memory.

The market has certainly reacted to the lacklustre performances of some of the leading contenders at the US Open and there is only $4 difference between the top eight players in betting.

Will the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth or Rory Mcilroy return to their best form at the British Open or will there be another major upset?

We have analysed the entire field and our 2017 British Open tips can be found below.

2017 British Open Betting

Dustin Johnson ($15) and Jordan Spieth ($15) are currently locked in a battle for 2017 British Open favouritism, but there is very little between them and the likes of Jon Rahm ($17), Rickie Fowler ($17), Rory McIlroy ($19), Hideki Matsuyama ($19), Sergio Garcia ($19) and Justin Rose ($19).

Jason Day and Adam Scott are the best of the Aussies at a healthy $26, while the always consistent Marc Leishman does look like excellent value at $41.

US Open Best Bets

Rickie Fowler ($17)

Rickie Fowler has been ultra-consistent in 2017 and he is surely knocking on the door of a maiden Major win.

Fowler already has six top ten finishes on the US PGA Tour this year and he really was not far away at the US Open.

Royal Birkdale always favours players that are excellent all-rounders with few weaknesses and that is definitely the case with Fowler at this stage of his career.

He was equal second at the 2014 British Open and he is capable of going one better in 2017.

Hideki Matsuyama ($19)

Hideki Matsuyama is in a very similar mould to Rickie Fowler and we are once again keen on his chances at the British Open.

Statistically on the US PGA Tour, there is no player with a better all-around game and the fact that the greens at Royal Birkdale aren’t particularly difficult really does favour Matsuyama.

He has finished in the top ten in three of the past six Majors and he went very close to capturing a maiden major at the US Open.

Ian Poulter ($51)

Ian Poulter has struggled at the British Open in recent years and he hasn’t played much golf in 2017, but there is no doubt that he is capable of giving this tournament a shake if he is able to bring his best form.

Poulter finished a close second the last time that the British Open was held at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and he showed at the Players Championship in May that when he is on he is right up there with the best golfers in the world.

Kyle Stanley ($126)

Kyle Stanley is somewhat of an unknown and he is yet to fire at a Major Championships, but he has been extremely consistent during 2017 to date.

He is in the top ten for Shots Gained Off The Tee, Shots Gained In The Approach To The Green and Shots Gained Tee to Green, while his Greens In Regulation Percentage is the second best on the entire tour.

A breakthrough performance at a Grand Slam is just around the corner and it really wouldn’t surprise if it comes at the British Open this weekend.


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