The early 2018 Open Championship odds paint a very interesting picture.
The usual suspects — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose — are among the top contenders, but they are somewhat surprisingly joined at the top of the odds list by a couple of struggling legends, and a couple of talented golfers with no career major victories.
With that being said, here’s a look at the top contenders to win the 2018 Open Championship according to Vegas.
Tommy Fleetwood (+2000)
Fleetwood turned in a legendary performance during the final round of the 2018 U.S. Open, and he is the proud owner of the course record (63) at Carnoustie. Given his recent form and course history, there is plenty of reason to like Fleetwood’s chances here.
Jordan Spieth (+2000)
Spieth may have won The Open Championship in 2017, but given his recent form and struggles, it was a surprise to see him come in this high on the oddsmakers’ list.
Rickie Fowler (+1600)
Fowler is undoubtedly one of the most talented golfers in the world, and quite possibly the best current player without a major victory on his resume. If he can put together a consistent, four-round performance, the eight-time PGA Tour winner could get the major championship monkey off his back at Carnoustie.
Justin Rose (+1600)
Rose is one of the most consistent players on the planet. Don’t be shocked when his name is near the top of the leaderboard during the tournament’s final round.
Rory McIlroy (+1600)
Simply put: McIlroy is a legitimate threat to win every tournament he enters. With 13 career wins on the European Tour, the 2014 Open Championship winner is no stranger to winning on links-style courses.
Dustin Johnson (+1200)
Johnson is the best golfer in the world when he’s at the top of his game. If his putter is working at Carnoustie, DJ will be tough to beat.
Other names to watch:
- Jon Rahm (+2000)
- Justin Thomas (+2200)
- Brooks Koepka (+2200)
- Tiger Woods (+2200)
- Henrik Stenson (+2800)
- Sergio Garcia (+2800)
- Alex Noren (+3000)
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