Monday, July 11, 2016

PGA Golf Betting Odds for Players to Win the 2016 British Open

The 2016 British Open golf major tournament is taking place this week from July 14-17, 2016, at the Royal Troon Golf Club located in Ayrshire, Scotland. Here is a list of the betting odds for the players to win the 2016 British Open.

 (Photo of Royal Troon by Paul C)

The British Open dates all the way back to 1860. Harry Vardon holds the record for most wins in the British Open with six. James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and American Tom Watson are all tied for the second most wins with five each. Golf immortals Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have each won the British Open three times.

Listed below are all the golfers with odds of 50 to 1 or less to win the 2016 British Open with comments. Then some notable golfers with much higher odds are also listed with comments explaining why.

Good luck to all the golfers and especially to the bettors this week at the 2016 British Open!

1. Jason Day - 8 to 1 odds

At odds of 8 to 1, Jason Day is the betting favorite to win the 2016 British Open. Jason Day is the #1 ranked player in the world and he's already won three tournaments so far this year including the Players Championship. But Jason Day only tied for 10th at the Masters and 8th at the U.S. Open and he only has one career major win. He's certainly more than capable of winning this but his record says he's a risky bet here as the favorite.

T-2. Dustin Johnson - 9 to 1 

Dustin Johnson comes into the 2016 British Open on fire as he won his first major at the 2016 U.S. Open a few weeks ago and followed that win up by winning in back-to-back tournaments at the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone. Dustin Johnson finished 2nd at the British Open in 2011 but he was only tied for 49th in this tournament last year and has not cracked the top 10 here over the last three years.

T-2. Jordan Spieth - 9 to 1

Jordan Spieth tied for 4th at the British Open last year after he had won the Masters and U.S. Open. Spieth has two wins so far in 2016 and he finished in 3rd place at the WGC-Bridgestone in his last start. It's going to be very interesting to see how well Jordan Spieth plays this week at Royal Troon.

4. Rory McIlroy - 10 to 1

Rory McIlroy has yet to win on the PGA Tour this year but he did win the Irish Open in late May. McIlroy won the British Open in 2014 at Royal Liverpool and he would love to win it again this year at Royal Troon. After missing the cut at the 2016 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy finished alone in 3rd place at the French Open two weeks ago.

5. Branden Grace - 20 to 1

Not really sure why Branden Grace is only 20 to 1 odds to win the 2016 British Open. Grace has never played well in this major as his best finish is a tie for 20th place last year. Grace did win the RBC Heritage in April for his first PGA Tour win and he won the Qatar Masters in January for his 7th European Tour win. But after a good 5th place finish at the 2016 U.S. Open, Branden Grace only managed a tie for 29th place at the Scottish Open last week.

6. Adam Scott - 22 to 1

Adam Scott tied for 10th last year at the British Open and that was the 4th consecutive year he was in the top 10 at this golf major. Scott was 2nd in 2012, 3rd in 2013 and tied for 5th in 2014. Adam Scott has two wins in 2016 which came in back-to-back weeks over three months ago. In his last two starts, Adam Scott tied for 18th at the U.S. Open and tied for 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone.

7. Sergio Garcia - 25 to 1

Sergio Garcia has the talent to win the 2016 British Open but he's a tough bet here trying to win his first major. Sergio does have a history of playing well in this major, though, as he's been second twice and been in the top 10 nine times. Eventually you'd think a player like that would break through and win. Could this be Sergio's year? He did win the Byron Nelson in late May and he tied for 5th at both the U.S. Open and the BMW International Open in his last two starts.

8. Rickie Fowler - 28 to 1

Rickie Fowler tied for 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone in his last start. That was the first time he played well in a tournament since early May. After tying for 2nd place at the British Open in 2014, Fowler tied for 30th in this major last year. Rickie Fowler won on the European Tour in January but he still only has three PGA Tour wins in 169 starts.

T-9. Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson - 30 to 1 odds each

Justin Rose tied for 6th in this major last year but that was the first time he'd ever really played well in the tournament. He's probably not been playing well enough lately to win this. After three straight missed cuts including in the U.S. Open, Henrik Stenson won the 2016 BMW International Open and tied for 13th last week at the Scottish Open last week in his last two starts.

T-11. Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry - 35 to 1 odds each

Phil Mickelson won the British Open in 2013. Last week, Mickelson shot a final round 66 to end up in a 13th place tie in the Scottish Open. Will that be enough propel Phil into contention this week at Royal Troon? He's played well enough to win this year but is still looking for his first win since his 2013 British Open win. Shane Lowry tied for 2nd at the U.S. Open and then missed the cut last week at the Scottish Open.

T-13. Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Louis Oosthuizen - 40 to 1 odds each

Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open in 2010 but he's likely not been playing well enough lately to win this year. Danny Willett won the 2016 Masters for his first career major but he's missed the cut in his last two starts both on the European Tour. Lee Westwood has been in the top four at the British Open four times but he's also missed the cut five times in this golf major. Who knows what to expect from him this year at Royal Troon as he chases his first major win?

T-16. Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama - 45 to 1 odds each

Zach Johnson is getting no respect from the bookmakers this year as he tries to defend his British Open title. He comes into the British Open without having won a tournament since last year's victory but he did tie for 8th at the U.S. Open and tie for 10th at the WGC-Bridgestone in his last two stars. Hideki Matsuyama has likely not been playing well enough lately to win this week.

18. Martin Kaymer - 50 to 1

Martin Kaymer's best finish at the British Open is a tie for 7th in 2010. You have to respect the two-time major winner but Kaymer's last win anywhere was his 2014 U.S. Open win.


  • Padraig Harrington - 80 to 1 odds

Padraig Harrington won the British Open in back-to-back years in 2007-08. Harrington is 44 years old and his last win was at the 2015 Honda Classic. Padraig tied for 21st place last week at the Scottish Open.

  • Ernie Els - 100 to 1 odds

Ernie Els won the British Open twice in 2002 and 2012. Ernie is now 46 years old. His last win was in 2013 on the European Tour.

  • Darren Clarke - 750 to 1 odds

Darren Clarke won the British Open in 2011. Clarke is now 47 years old and his last win was in this major tournament. For his career, Darren Clarke won 15 tournaments combined on the PGA and European Tours.

  • John Daly - 1,000 to 1 odds

John Daly won the British Open way back in 1995. Daly just turned 50 years old a few months back and he primarily plays on the Senior Champions Tour now. 

  • David Duval - 1,500 to 1 odds

David Duval won the British Open in 2001. That was the last of his 13 career wins on the PGA Tour. David Duval is now 44 years old and he primarily works as a golf broadcaster these days.

  • Ben Curtis - 1,500 to 1 odds

American Ben Curtis won the British Open in 2003. That was the first win of his career. Curtis has since won three more tournaments on the PGA Tour but his last win was in 2012. Ben Curtis is 39 years old. 

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