Open Championship 2017 Tournament Overview, Odds and Info

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,July 17, 2017 10:45, EDT in

Even if you are just a casual fan of golf, there is something about the majors that makes you want to bust out your wallet and get a wager on the 2017 Open Championship. The majors in the PGA are a lot like the Triple Crown races in horse racing in that they attract bettors who would ordinarily give the sport a pass. This coming Thursday, July 20, sees the best players that the PGA have to offer heading across the pond to play for arguably the most prestigious tournament in all of golf, the British Open.

It will be the Royal Birkdale course that hosts the 146th version of the Open, the 10th time that the tournament will have been played at this course. This is a course that has been particularly kind to US players, as there have been 5 American winners in the previous 9 times that the Open Championship has been held there. Will that trend hold this weekend? Let’s take a look at some of the potential golf betting favorites.

Analyzing The Open Championship 2017 Tournament Overview, Odds and Info

 

 

Dustin Johnson

Once again, no real surprise to see the world number one in as the favorite to win the British Open. This is a tournament that has eluded him, though, but that being said, he is still the man to beat any time he plays. Dustin Johnson has 3 PGA Tour wins under his belt this season, as well as 6 top 10 finishes, and over $6 million in earnings.

He is currently number 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, and even f he doesn’t win this one, he would certainly love to get back to the top on the season.

Dustin Johnson 2017 PGA TOUR Season Stats

STANDARD STATS   RANK SUPPORTING STATS
DRIVING DISTANCE 312.1 2ND TOTAL DISTANCE: 19,977 TOTAL DRIVES: 64
DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 56.82% 160TH FAIRWAYS HIT: 304 POSSIBLE FAIRWAYS: 535
GREENS IN REGULATION PERC. 72.22% 1ST GREENS HIT: 494 # HOLES: 684
EAGLES (HOLES PER) 136.8 23RD # OF HOLES: 684 # OF EAGLES: 5
BIRDIE AVERAGE 4.03 15TH # OF BIRDIES: 153 TOTAL ROUNDS: 38
SCORING AVERAGE 69.898 13TH TOTAL STROKES: 2,659 TOTAL ADJUSTM: – 2.877
SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE 40.43% 189TH # SAVES: 19 # BUNKERS: 47
FEDEXCUP SEASON POINTS 2,270 1ST # OF WINS: 3 # OF TOP 10’S: 6
OFFICIAL MONEY $6,355,725 1ST YTD VICTORIES: 3
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKING 12.22 1ST TOTAL POINTS: 549.94 POINTS LOST: -207.22

Rory McIlroy

The bookies love McIlroy in the Open Championship, and he certainly does seem to play better on his side of the pond. The problem here is that the Irishman has either been injured or out of form for large portions of the season, with both issues probably going hand in hand. He certainly has the ability to string together 4 solid rounds and take a run at this event, but I don’t see it happening this weekend.

Rory McIlroy 2017 PGA TOUR Season Stats

STANDARD STATS   RANK SUPPORTING STATS
DRIVING DISTANCE 311.8 TOTAL DISTANCE: 9,979 TOTAL DRIVES: 32
DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 57.97% FAIRWAYS HIT: 211 POSSIBLE FAIRWAYS: 364
GREENS IN REGULATION PERC. 67.74% GREENS HIT: 317 # HOLES: 468
EAGLES (HOLES PER) 117 # OF HOLES: 468 # OF EAGLES: 4
BIRDIE AVERAGE 4.04 # OF BIRDIES: 105 TOTAL ROUNDS: 26
SCORING AVERAGE 69.475 TOTAL STROKES: 1,824 TOTAL ADJUSTM: – 17.653
SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE 55.26% # SAVES: 21 # BUNKERS: 38
FEDEXCUP SEASON POINTS 526 75TH # OF WINS: 0 # OF TOP 10’S: 4
OFFICIAL MONEY $1,528,990 54TH
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKING 7.42 4TH TOTAL POINTS: 296.95 POINTS LOST: -187.34

Jordan Spieth

If anyone knows how to win a major, it’s Jordan Spieth, who already has two of them early on in his career. Spieth has taken a couple of weeks off to better prepare for this Open Championship 2017 tournament, so you know he is going to be coming in as fresh as it gets at this stage of the season.

Royal Birkdale is a course that rewards good hitting and course management, both of which are key elements of this young man’s game. That is why I believe he will be near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.

Jordan Spieth 2017 PGA TOUR Season Stats

STANDARD STATS   RANK SUPPORTING STATS
DRIVING DISTANCE 291.4 98TH TOTAL DIST.: 24,480 TOTAL DRIVES: 84
DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 59.60% 121ST FAIRWAYS HIT: 419 POSSIBLE FAIRWAYS: 703
GREENS IN REGULATION PERC. 70.67% 5TH GREENS HIT: 636 # HOLES: 900
EAGLES (HOLES PER) 225 86TH # OF HOLES: 900 # OF EAGLES: 4
BIRDIE AVERAGE 4.64 2ND # OF BIRDIES: 232 TOTAL ROUNDS: 50
SCORING AVERAGE 69.349 2ND TOTAL STROKES: 3,466 TOTAL ADJUSTM: 1.427
SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE 59.02% 15TH # SAVES: 36 # BUNKERS: 61
FEDEXCUP SEASON POINTS 1,979 4TH # OF WINS: 2 # OF TOP 10’S: 7
OFFICIAL MONEY $4,948,145 4TH YTD VICTORIES: 2
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKING 7.46 3RD TOTAL POINTS: 372.76 POINTS LOST: -243.11

Jason Day and Aussie players have had the most success when the Open Championship is played at Royal Birkdale.

Jason Day

After the Americans, it is Aussie players who have had the most success when the Open Championship is played at Royal Birkdale. That then would appear to play into the favor of Jason Day, although he is going to need to up his game if he hopes to be hoisting the Claret Jug on Sunday afternoon.

Day has been up and down all season long, and while he has yet to register a win on the PGA Tour this season, he is still one of the best players in the world when he is on his game. Do not count him out.

Jason Day 2017 PGA TOUR Season Stats

STANDARD STATS   RANK SUPPORTING STATS
DRIVING DISTANCE 298.9 40TH TOTAL DIST.: 19,132 TOTAL DRIVES: 64
DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 57.76% 150TH FAIRWAYS HIT: 309 POSSIBLE FAIRWAYS: 535
GREENS IN REGULATION PERC. 64.33% 132ND GREENS HIT: 440 # HOLES: 684
EAGLES (HOLES PER) 114 9TH # OF HOLES: 684 # OF EAGLES: 6
BIRDIE AVERAGE 4 18TH # OF BIRDIES: 152 TOTAL ROUNDS: 38
SCORING AVERAGE 70.869 80TH TOTAL STROKES: 2,705 TOTAL ADJUSTM: – 11.977
SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE 61.67% 8TH # SAVES: 37 # BUNKERS: 60
FEDEXCUP SEASON POINTS 607 56TH # OF WINS: 0 # OF TOP 10’S: 2
OFFICIAL MONEY $1,633,400 43RD
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKING 6.88 6TH TOTAL POINTS: 275.00 POINTS LOST: -225.21

Sergio Garcia

If you have made it to this point in my preview, you will have noticed that I have not selected a winner yet. That is because I was saving the best for last. Sergio finally made his majors breakthrough at the Masters this season, but there are a lot of golf experts who have already written him off for this weekend.

It turns out that Garcia is planning a wedding as well as taking part in tournaments, and there are some who believe that this will serve as a distraction.  Think the fact that he has been so readily written off means that a lot of pressure will be taken of his shoulders, and that is why I am going with Sergio Garcia to win the British Open.

Sergio Garcia 2017 PGA TOUR Season Stats

STANDARD STATS   RANK SUPPORTING STATS
DRIVING DISTANCE 299.6 34TH TOTAL DIST.: 14,380 TOTAL DRIVES: 48
DRIVING ACCURACY PERCENTAGE 66.79% 30TH FAIRWAYS HIT: 374 POSSIBLE FAIRWAYS: 560
GREENS IN REGULATION PERC. 70.42% 6TH GREENS HIT: 507 # HOLES: 720
EAGLES (HOLES PER) 102.9 5TH # OF HOLES: 720 # OF EAGLES: 7
BIRDIE AVERAGE 3.8 42ND # OF BIRDIES: 152 TOTAL ROUNDS: 40
SCORING AVERAGE 69.359 3RD TOTAL STROKES: 2,792 TOTAL ADJUSTM: – 17.622
SAND SAVE PERCENTAGE 49.30% 107TH # SAVES: 35 # BUNKERS: 71
FEDEXCUP SEASON POINTS 1,049 19TH # OF WINS: 1 # OF TOP 10’S: 2
OFFICIAL MONEY $2,975,896 14TH YTD VICTORIES: 1
OFFICIAL WORLD GOLF RANKING 7.16 5TH TOTAL POINTS: 300.82 POINTS LOST: -100.27