The 2018 British Open odds have changed dramatically over the course of two days. As usual, there was a lot of movement on the leaderboard during the second round with several top contenders failing to make the cut.
Dustin Johnson, who entered the tournament as the odds-on favorite, shot a 1-over, 72, putting himself three strokes below the cut line; Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm both had three-hole meltdowns, causing each miss the cut; and Hideki Matsuyama recorded a triple bogey on the 18th hole to fall one stroke below the cut line.
On a more positive note, there were several players who played themselves into contention with outstanding second round performances. Tommy Fleetwood shot a 6-under, 65 to put himself one shot off the lead; Zach Johnson carded a 4-under, 67 to put himself in a tie for the lead; Pat Perez shot a 3-under, 68 to pull within one stroke of the lead; and Jordan Spieth fired a 4-under, 67 to put himself within 3 strokes of the leaders.
And since you’re likely wondering, Tiger Woods shot an even par, 71 for the second day in a row, which puts him six strokes back heading into the weekend.
With that being said, here is a look at the top contenders to win the 2018 Open Championship going into the final two rounds, according to the Vegas oddsmakers.
Odds following Round 2 courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.
Rickie Fowler (+800)
Fowler appears to be determined to get the major championship monkey off his back at Carnoustie. If he continues to avoid making major mistakes, the 29-year-old will be in contention on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy (+750)
In our eyes, McIlroy is the biggest threat in the remaining field to take home the Claret Jug in 2018. When he is firing on all cylinders, which appears to be the case at Carnoustie, McIlroy is arguably the best player in the world.
Zach Johnson (+600)
Johnson’s game is tailor-made for British Open links style courses — as evident by his victory at the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2015. Bottom line, we would be surprised if ‘ZJ’ isn’t in the top-10 (at the very minimum) on the tournament’s final leaderboard.
Tommy Fleetwood (+500)
Fleetwood was one of the popular picks heading into the week. And with his outstanding second round performance, it’s easy to see why. The 27-year-old holds the course record at Carnoustie (63), and he is absolutely playing well enough to win his first career major on Sunday.
Other notable names:
- Jordan Spieth (+850)
- Kevin Kisner (+1200)
- Tony Finau (+1500)
- Xander Schauffele (+1800)
- Matt Kuchar (+2000)
- Brooks Koepka (+2500)
- Pat Perez (+3000)
- Tiger Woods (+4000)
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