11 long-shot picks to win The Open Championship Golf is one of the most-underrated sports to bet on. The race for the Claret Jug this year at The Open Championship feels completely up for grabs. There are favorites like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Spieth that you can expect to be in the running come Sunday, but when gambling, the real money comes from the long shots. With odds as high as 125/1, you only have to bet a little to win a lot if you have a keen eye for a winner. There's a ton of ways to bet golf — you can bet on players to make the cut, in head-to-head matchups against other golfers, and to finish within the top 20, as well as numerous other options depending on the flexibility of your bookmaker. But the easiest way
Column: Phil the Thrill is just playing the percentages Picture any number of creative shots Mickelson has produced over the years, most of them with a lob wedge, occasionally a shot with such incredible speed and loft that he can send the ball high over his head in the opposite direction. Mickelson says he simply is playing the percentages. "My math is different from anyone else," Mickelson said.
All the president's fault! Golfer Jason Day blames Trump for late arrival Australian golfer Jason Day on Wednesday offered an unusual excuse for arriving later than planned for practice at the British Open—it was U.S. President Donald Trump's fault. The former world number one normally pitches up a week earlier for major tournaments to allow himself time to adjust to the course. But this time Day only arrived on Monday. "I had three weeks off before this, so I could have got in early," he said. "I was supposed to come in on Sunday. And I was flying through JFK, and President Trump was there and there was a bunch of delays. So I just decided to move my flight back a little bit later." Trump had been coming back through New York from the U.S. Women's Open at the Trump
R&A's Slumbers touches on several hot-button issues The R&A had its annual eve of The Open news conference Wednesday at Royal Birkdale and chief executive Martin Slumbers commented on numerous topics ranging from anchored putters to distance to drug testing to The Open’s place in the major championship schedule. “Now the great thing about links golf is you can play a hole in multiple ways, and that’s one of the beauties of it,” Slumbers said. Slumbers said it was Jason Day’s caddie, Colin Swatton, who first brought the potential situation to his attention. On the Royal Birkdale setup taking driver out of many player’s hands: “The great thing about links golf, as many of you know, if you’re as much an aficionado of this game as I am, course management is one of the most important things about links golf.
Brooks Koepka didn’t celebrate US Open like everyone else SOUTHPORT, England — When we last saw Brooks Koepka he was hoisting the U.S. Open trophy toward the Wisconsin sky last month at Erin Hills. He has not played a tournament round since. But he’s the only player in the 156-player 146th British Open field this week at Royal Birkdale with a chance to win two consecutive major championships. Koepka’s plan all along was to shut it down for four weeks after the U.S. Open — win or lose — before playing the British. He took it to the extreme, though, declining other opportunities offered of major championship winners like appearing on late-night talk shows. Koepka wanted no part of any of that, preferring to slip back into the shadows from which he emerged
Golfer had four weeks of baggage issues with clubs Say hello to poor Julian Suri. Suri is about to play in his first career major at the 2017 British Open, except for one problem: He's missing his golf clubs, and he says it's the fourth straight week of having a baggage problem. Yikes. Luckily, there are equipment trucks around at Royal Birkdale. From Jacksonville.com: "It's been kind of a pain," said the Bartram Trail High School and Duke graduate, who leads the European Challenge Tour in earnings and has risen to No. 218 on the World Golf Rankings. "But the guys in the equipment trucks are working on putting together a set for me so I can practice (on Tuesday) and hopefully my clubs will get here by tomorrow night." … What makes his issue a
Tubert trying to master learning curve as LPGA rookie In the wake of a series of setbacks, Emily Tubert is determined to maintain a positive attitude. Her rookie season on the LPGA Tour has not exactly gone smoothly, as the Burroughs High graduate admits she has not played up to her expectations. A recent injury forced Tubert to take time off of competition. Then came a reshuffle with her support staff in which she got rid of her swing coach and her caddy in an attempt to change her fortunes. “Making those changes is something that I had to do,” said Tubert, 25, a former CIF Southern Section champion and Burbank Leader Girls’ Athlete of the Year who was an All-American at the University of Arkansas. “It’s been tough for sure. “Everybody on the tour
Irwin: Elway faces long shot to play in 2018 Senior Open Hale Irwin knows all about switching from the gridiron to the greens, so when he heard John Elway might try to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open next year, he just shook his head. "Good luck. He'd better throw some tight spirals, I'm telling you," Irwin cracked Tuesday at the tournament's launch party at The Broadmoor. "John's an accomplished athlete, of course, but there's been a number of guys that came out and were rudely awakened to how well these guys can play because they're coming out now with very accomplished skills, very refined skills. "And not that John doesn't have them. But at the same time it would be — what's the word just short of miracle? — I'd be pleasantly surprised if he made
Day at British Open with advice from Tiger, new perspective SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jason Day was late getting to the British Open because he didn't want to deal with delays at JFK Airport caused by President Donald Trump's attendance at the U.S. Women's Open. Just another hold-up in a stop-start last 12 months for the Australian. A combination of being burdened by his top-ranked status, the return of back pain and a health scare involving his mother has affected Day's game. He hasn't won a tournament since a wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship in May 2016. Back then, Day was No. 1 in the world by some distance and on a run of seven wins in 10 months. Now, he is No. 6 and with his career at a stand-still. "If you take my years 2015 and
Paul Casey told Open win would put him back in Ryder Cup frame Europe has more reason to cheer for Paul Casey here this week than simply ensuring the Claret Jug remains on this side of the pond. The Englishman has promised Thomas Bjorn, the Ryder Cup captain, that should he win here this week, he will make himself eligible for next year’s match in Paris. Casey has not been a member of the European Tour since 2014 when he decided to focus solely on the PGA Tour.
Top PGA Tour players: This Japanese star will win a major SOUTHPORT, England — The consensus in golf circles is that Hideki Matsuyama is ready to become the first Japanese player to win a major championship — and it’s about to happen. “I have no doubt he’ll win a major soon,’’ Jordan Spieth said. “I think it’s a matter of time for Hideki. I’ve been saying that for a couple of years now, and I don’t think anything will change going forward. He’s shown us each year he’s capable of doing so. And he’s played well at Augusta since he was, what, 18? “He obviously likes that course, and the rest of them all change around. He very much has as good a chance as any of winning one when he tees it up in a major.’’ Matsuyama, since 2013, has six top-10 finishes
The Open Diary: Star-studded quartet pull in crowds A star-studded practice grouping captured much of the attention at Royal Birkdale on Tuesday. For information on their efforts and much more besides, take a look at the latest daily Open diary from our reporters on the ground in Southport.
Golf's Roger Federer? Dustin Johnson thinks he's doing 'a pretty good job' Dustin Johnson feels his contribution to golf leaves him with no reason to feel inferior to tennis legend Roger Federer. Swiss maestro Federer won an eighth Wimbledon title this month to further advance his status as an all-time great of his sport. The 35-year-old is lauded as an ambassador for tennis and it was put to Johnson that golf needs a similar figure and that, as world number one, that responsibility may fall most appropriately on his shoulders.
Sod, silversmith and a funky clubhouse all in play at Open The British Open is not only golf's longest running major championship, it's also the most quirky. Simply put, it's like nothing you'll see any other week in the largely cookie cutter world of tournament golf. Not to worry, for those tuning in and wondering what they're seeing. Here's a guide to things you'll need to know this week: IT'S THE OPEN: Never mind that there are hundreds of tournaments that use the word "Open." This is the British version — and the oldest of all the Opens — but it seems a bit presumptuous that the Royal & Ancient refuses to call it anything but The Open. Former champion Nick Faldo joked recently that the name will soon be shortened to just "The" to really dramatize
Mickelson plans to ditch driver at Royal Birkdale SOUTHPORT, England – Considering he’s played one major, the 2008 U.S. Open, without a driver in his bag and another, the 2006 Masters, with two, Phil Mickelson’s methods Tuesday at Royal Birkdale should have come as no surprise. Mickelson arrived early on Tuesday to tinker with a modified 3-iron, a Callaway Epic model, that has been bent to 16 degrees, which is closer to a 2-iron loft. He also had a 3-iron in the bag with standard loft as well as his normal 3-wood during his practice round with Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. The Open: Full-field tee times | Full coverage "We came out here and spent Saturday and Sunday in the conditions and the winds that we’re going to see, and there
Jon Rahm is a rising star at the British Open. His ascent began just outside D.C. With golf entrenched for 660 years as among the most mysterious normal human pursuits, it’s odd but not so odd: One of the favorites for the 146th Open Championship here suspects he might not be one of the favorites but for a sole Thursday round at Congressional Country Club outside Washington almost 400 days ago. Where he is now is at $5,495,850 in career money at age 22, almost 400 days since getting to Bethesda and starting at $0. As Joon Lee reported in The Washington Post, Rahm’s caddie, his chum Ben Shur, wrote on his scorecard, “Jon will not have a bogey today.” He did not have a bogey that day, shot the 64, barged to the top of the leader board, finished third and won his first $400,200.
Rory McIlroy hoping to catch his wave at British Open Just three years ago, Rory McIlroy was the best player in the world without a trace of argument. He won the final two majors of the year, with a World Golf Championship title in between. He had reason to believe his reign would last as long as he wanted it to. Now he's simply trying to get back into the conversation. The starkest reminder of the state of his game was not so much missing three cuts in his last four tournaments. It was being told on the eve of the British Open that the bookies listed him at 20-1 to win at Royal Birkdale. "Good time to back me," McIlroy said. "I mean, look, if I was a betting company and I saw my form over the past few weeks, yeah, that's probably a fair enough
Furyk in PGA event after first major fail since '95 Jim Furyk, the 2018 US Ryder Cup captain who is ineligible for a major championship for the first time since 1995, tees off Thursday at the US PGA Barbasol Championship. The 47-year-old American, who fired the first 58 in US PGA history last August, joins fellow former major champions Angel Cabrera, Retief Goosen, Yang Yong-Eun and Davis Love in the 132-player field. Most of the world's top golfers will be in England for the year's third major men's tournament, the British Open, at Royal Birkdale.
Jordan Spieth says unpredictability of British Open makes it the easiest major to win Don’t get him wrong. Jordan Spieth is not saying the British Open is a breeze. But Spieth, who won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, said this week that the British might be the easiest major to win. His rationale? It’s often the case that the weather is so unpredictable, so susceptible to change between the morning and afternoon, that there’s a luck-of-the-draw element, depending on tee time. “I've kind of seen a bit of everything in four years' time,” said Spieth, who has finished tied for 30th, fourth, 36th and 44th in the British Open. “To say that it may be the easiest of the majors to win, if you had to pick a major, just because the draw can take out half a field. But the type of golf
Sky Sports' screen revolution at The Open fuelled by green power “Getting out of the bunker is the most difficult part of the game for the amateur golfer, so this year in our Open Zone, we have a pot bunker with cameras around it and right down in the sand,” said Paul McGinley, the Ryder Cup-winning captain and member of the Sky commentary team at Birkdale. The coverage will also feature a hydraulic putting green which can be raised and lowered to mimic the breaks and challenges of the greens at Royal Birkdale. “It’s one thing me saying it as an analyst, but when you can get Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter actually showing you and talking you through it, that is very special,” said McGinley.
Guy Plays Hilariously Awful Round of Golf, and It's Captured on Video It’s possible that the worst day of golf is in fact worse than the best day of work. Look no further than Andrew Wilcox and this hilariously terrible round of golf, in Seattle, Washington. Everything that could have gone wrong, seemed to have for poor old Andrew here. Still, at least he wasn’t in the office! Credit: Andrew Wilcox via Storyful
Don't call me the new Seve, says Spain's Rahm It is hard to avoid talk of Spanish golfing genius at the British Open, a tournament that for so long was the personal fiefdom of Seve Ballesteros. Now, there is a new generation to admire with the three amigos of Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Rafael Cabrera-Bello easing their way into the world's top 17. Each has a chance of being the first Spaniard to triumph since Ballesteros won the last of his three Open Championships at Lytham in 1988.
One of these five players will win the British Open Rickie Fowler: Put simply: He’s ready. He has a history of performing well on links golf courses. He finished tied for second at the 2014 Open and tied for fifth in 2011. Fowler is the most ready of anyone in the field to break through and win his first major. He, too, had a calm confidence about him after coming close at the U.S. Open last month, as if he knew something we didn’t. Tommy Fleetwood: It comes down to whether you buy the recent hype, based on his performance (two wins this year and a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open) and the fact that he grew up 2 miles from Royal Birkdale and used to sneak onto the course with his dad when he was a kid. I’m buying into this being a magical week
Koepka out to prove he's not a one-major wonder For Brooks Koepka to reprise his U.S. Open win at Royal Birkdale on Sunday he must overturn the recent golf orthodoxy that says majors only go to those who have never won one before. Since the demise of Tiger Woods, and more recently Rory McIlroy, the last seven majors have seen first-time winners, including Koepka himself at Erin Hills in June, when he kept the coolest of heads for a 16-under total that tied McIlroy's record for lowest score in relation to par at the tournament. You have to go back two years to Zach Johnson's British Open triumph at Saint Andrews, which came eight years after his 2007 Masters triumph.
Snedeker withdraws from The Open with injury SOUTHPORT, England -- Brandt Snedeker, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, withdrew from The Open on Wednesday because of injury. In a tweet, Snedeker said that he had a "rib issue pop up last week and it didn't respond to treatment as I had hoped. The Open Championship is one of my favorite tournaments and Birkdale is such a great test. I am gutted I won't be able to compete and look forward to getting healthy as quick as possible. "I will reevaluate with my doctors when I get back to Nashville and hopefully some rest will do the trick. Thanks for all the support and wish all the players a great Open!!" He was replaced in the field by James Hahn, who flew from his California home over the
2017 British Open prize money, purse: Payouts for each golfer from $10.25M pool The 146th Open Championship is almost here, and whoever wins this week will be much richer for this tournament having been started a century and a half ago. The purse for the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale has risen from previous years over the $10 million mark. And for the first time, it will be paid in U.S. currency. "We are operating in an increasingly global marketplace and have made the decision to award the prize fund in U.S. dollars in recognition of the fact that it is the most widely adopted currency for prize money in golf," said R&A CEO Martin Slumbers in a press release. The past two Open purses have both been slightly under the equivalent of $10 million in U.S. dollars, though they
Sir Nick Faldo and Justin Rose unable to explain England's 25-year Open drought Perhaps Sir Nick Faldo thought this was the only way an Englishman would ever get his hands on the Claret Jug again. Certainly the three-time champion’s “comical” “theft” of the famous trophy after teeing off on the first tee on Tuesday seemed grimly appropriate on the 25th anniversary of his last Open victory. Faldo inevitably had to answer the impossible question after completing his trip down memory fairway.
Spieth: Open success can be luck of the draw Jordan Spieth believes The Open may be the easiest major championship to win but it’s not even remotely for reasons one may think. Spieth thinks the draw almost always eliminates half the field, meaning that if a player is on the proper side of it and plays in the better conditions he will only have to beat roughly 75 players to capture the claret jug. “I’m not saying it’s easy based on competition or anything like that, I’m strictly saying that because a lot of the time some of the field is thrown out and you’re actually playing against a smaller field, your percentage goes up,” he said Tuesday at Royal Birkdale. This is Spieth’s fifth Open Championship and he was on the favorable side of the draw in his first appearance at Muirfield in 2013.
Justin Thomas has a boss outfit lined-up for the British Open Justin Thomas is becoming something of a fashion icon on the PGA Tour. His most memorable outfit to date was probably the pink pants he rocked during the third round of the U.S. Open en-route to a 63… But now, he’s about to up the stakes. Not only is he wearing a pink shirt-grey camo pants on Friday, but for Thursday’s opening round, Thomas announced he’ll be rocking a tie and cardigan. Here’s his scripting for the week, courtesy of his sponsor Polo Ralph Lauren. It’s not unprecedented — Ryan Moore used to wear one on occasion — but it’s very cool. Props to Justin Thomas for winning all the style points.
Will tips from Tiger improve Day's Open chances? Matt Cooper is a golf writer from the United Kingdom who has worked for SkySports.com and SportingLife.com. He is a writer for Golf365.com and a number of print magazines. SOUTHPORT, England -- Jason Day's golf game is a work in progress on the eve of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. "You need really good balance in this game," he said Wednesday, and the simple fact is that in 2017 life hasn't allowed the 29-year-old to find any sort of harmony whatsoever. Burnt out by the success of 2015 and 2016, he then had to deal with his mother's cancer scare early this year. Previously a ferociously hard worker, he now lacked the inclination to hit the driving range; all he wanted to do was
2017 British Open picks: Odds, expert predictions from a star-studded field Who you are picking to win the 2017 Open Championship is what everyone wants to know this time of year, and rarely has the decision at the top been more difficult. The star-studded field is loaded and features the return of Phil Mickelson to major competition after he was forced to miss the U.S. Open due to a scheduling conflict. It also includes some of the best golfers in the world looking to get back to the top level of the sport at one of its grandest stages after some questionable major performanes through the first half of the season. We're here to help you answer who you should lean on at the Open. While narrowing this all down to a champion and top finishers is a tough task, we here at
Beef and brains are on the menu at the British Open SOUTHPORT, England – Beef is back on the menu at the British Open, and Andrew Johnston can only hope there's as much sizzle to be found at Royal Birkdale as there was last year when he made an entertaining run on the weekend at Royal Troon. There are brains here, too, thanks to a last minute win Sunday by Bryson DeChambeau, who defies golf convention with his swing thoughts and has physics formulas stamped on the back of his wedges. Golf in what seems now to be a permanent post-Tiger era remains alive and somewhat well. That's especially true on this side of the pond, where huge crowds will turn out this week for the 146th version of what they prefer here to call simply The Open. The winner
Without claret jug, Stenson hopes game takes off at Birkdale SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Henrik Stenson has ambitious plans to go skydiving with the claret jug if he manages to retain the British Open title at Royal Birkdale this week. On current form, that's a long shot — and Stenson acknowledges as much. Owning the most famous trophy in golf for the past year has been a privilege for Stenson. He has traveled the world with it, drank champagne from it, taken it on a jet ski back home in Orlando. "It's almost become part of the family," he said Tuesday. The jug has also been something of a burden, though. Being Open champion and everything that goes with it — media commitments, sponsorship demands, photos with fans — can take its toll on a player. In Darren
British Open 2017: Jordan Spieth's third major could come at Royal Birkdale Jordan Spieth's 24 birthday is in two weeks. If he wins the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, he will join some rarefied air of golfers with three or more majors before turning 24. It's been two years since he won his last one at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, and Spieth is hungry for another. And he will get one. Spieth will win an Open Championship in his career. He's too tough, and his short game is too good for him not to go all the way. The question is not "if" but rather "when?" Royal Birkdale this year could be the spot, but one has to be super straight off the tee, which has not always been Spieth's forte. He understands fundamentally what it takes to hang in and contend at this event,
Open Championship: Rankings The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since Padraig Harrington hoisted the Claret Jug in 2008. Henrik Stenson is set to defend his first major championship title this week. When considering major championships that operate on a rotation, I like to take a hard look at the past champions at venue.