With the start of the 2016 British Open just days away, online golf betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know all about the favorite, the smart pick and the longshot! Thanks to this insightful online golf betting analysis you’re about to get on all three, you’re going to have a great opportunity to cash in with a potentially winning wager. Now, let’s get started.
A Closer Look At My 2016 British Open Expert Picks & Odds
What: 2016 British Open
When: July 14-17, 2016
Start Time: 6 AM ET
Where: Ayrshire, Scotland
Location/Venue: Royal Troon Golf Club
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: 2016 British Open
The Favorite Pick To Win The Open is Jason Day (+690)
28-year- old Jason Day is the outright favorite at many sportsbook while others have him tied as the favorite along with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith and Dustin Johnson.
The Australian-born Day has three tournament wins this season, including his impressive performance at the Player’s Championship in May, not to mention an eighth place finish at the U.S. Open a month later and a third place finish at last weekend’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
In five British Open events, Day had never finished better than tied for 32nd until finishing fourth at St. Andrews in 2015. Still, Day is the favorite and he’ll have a shot, whether he’s your pick to bring home the British Open hardware or not.
The Smart Bet To Win The Open is Dustin Johnson (+1100)
For me, World No. 2 Dustin Johnson is the smart pick to win the 2016 British Open. The gifted ball-striker won the U.S. Open almost three weeks ago and backed that up by bagging the title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend.
Hell, over his last four tournaments, Johnson has finished no worse than fifth while also finishing inside the Top 5 six times in his last nine events.
Johnson hasn’t missed a cut in six straight appearances at The Pen and should have won in 2011 at Royal St George's where he finished second. Day followed up that outing by finishing ninth in 2012 and has also recorded two other top-20 finishes in the age-old event.
The Longshot Pick To Win The Open is Zach Johnson (+5000)
If you think Zach Johnson’s 2015 British Open win was a thing of luck, then you had better think again! Johnson is the third player (besides D.J. and Adam Scott) to make each of the last five Open cuts. Not only that, but with last year’s Open win at St, Andrews, Johnson joined a group of five current and future Hall of Fame golfers as the only six to ever win at St. Andrews and Augusta National.
The names of the other five golfers is a virtual who’s who of all-time greats, which includes Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods.
While Johnson has largely struggled this year, he has also finished in the top 10 in two straight events coming into The Open. I also like the fact that Zach Johnson seems to play his best golf at the biggest events as illustrated by this expert betting preview.
In 2007, Johnson held off Tiger Woods, Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen by two strokes to become the first player ever ranked outside the top 50 to win a major title since the rankings began in 1986.
My 2016 British Open Expert Pick:
Winner: Dustin Johnson
Second: Jason Day
Third: Zach Johnson
Odds to win The Open:
Dustin Johnson: 8-1
Jason Day: 8-1
Rory McIlroy: 9-1
Jordan Spieth: 10-1
Adam Scott: 22-1
Branden Grace: 22-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Henrik Stenson: 28-1
Rickie Fowler: 28-1
Justin Rose: 33-1
Phil Mickelson: 33-1
Shane Lowry: 45-1
Lee Westwood: 50-1
Zach Johnson: 50-1
Danny Willett: 50-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 66-1
Russell Knox: 80-1
Marc Leishman: 80-1
Scott Piercy: 100-1