The British Open | Thursday 18 July - Sunday 21 July | Muirfield
To Win Outright
Tiger Woods 9/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Adam Scott 22/1
Graeme McDowell 25/1
Graeme McDowell (25/1 a win, 5/1 a place)
Graeme McDowell will have what it takes to handle this tough links course and if the weather is rough and the wind is howling, he will feel more comfortable than most out this week. Although he missed the cut at both the Masters and the US Open, his form of late has been impressive and it would appear he’s come into form at just the right time. He’s known for his smart course management, a trait that will certainly go a long way in assisting him navigate this tricky terrain, and his driving accuracy and ability to scramble inspire a lot of confidence. At 25/1 this week he looks a great bet.
Dustin Johnson (40/1 a win, 8/1 a place)
If ever there was a player who deserved to win a Major, it’s Dustin Johnson. There have been at least three occasions over the years that have left golf fans holding their heads in despair as he’s thrown away perfectly good opportunities to win and I’m sure the one most will remember is his infamous final day 82 at Pebble Beach in 2010, where he defined the term meltdown. Despite this, he’s got the temperament to overcome these setbacks and with a solid record in this tournament, which includes three top 15’s in the last three, he should go far here. He deserves a win, let’s hope he gets close this year.
Thomas Bjorn (66/1 a win, 13/1 a place)
Bjorn has yet to win a Claret Jug but he’s come close on numerous occasions, having managed no less than five top 10’s in his Open career. These finishes include a 2nd at St Andrews in 2000 and another in 2003, where an unfortunate spell in the 16th bunker at Royal St Georges put an end to his hopes of winning. He’s yet to win in 2013 but don’t let this take away from his other achievements, which include numerous top 10’s and two second places. A win here is a bit of a push but Hollywood are paying six places and at 13/1 a place you can’t go wrong on Bjorn.
TOP BET: Charl Schwartzel (35/1 a win, 7/1 a place)
South African golf is on a high at the moment and what better way to carry forward that momentum than with another South African Major victory? In a lot of ways, Schwartzel appears to have what it takes to handle a tough links course: he is one of the best ball strikers in the game, a skill that will go a long way in keeping on the fairway and away from the bunkers and he has what it takes to handle the strong winds that could well sweep across this course. If he can hold it together for four rounds and make those birdies he’s narrowly missed a few times this season he will go far here. Each-way looks the way to go on Schwartzel.