Dustin Johnson entered the 2018 Open Championship as the heavy odds-on favorite. After a disastrous first-round performance, that is no longer the case. Here’s a look at the updated British Open odds after Day One at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag.
Tiger Woods (+1800)
After one day, Woods is has positioned himself to make a serious run at winning his fourth career Open Championship. The 14-time major winner shot 2-under on the front nine, and 2-over on the back nine to finish the day at even par. He trails current leader Kevin Kisner, who came in at +2500 on the updated odds, by five strokes.
Tony Finau (+1500)
Finau carded a 4-under, 67 in round one, which put him in a three-way tie (with Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard) for second place. With eight birdies in the first round, the 28-year-old proved that he is capable of scoring extremely well at one of the toughest courses in the world. If he continues to place the ball well and stay out of trouble, Finau has an excellent chance at winning his first career major championship.
Justin Thomas (+1400)
Thomas entered the week at +2200 and went on to shoot a 2-under, 69 in round one. is currently the On top of being the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Rankings (behind Johnson), the 25-year-old is also one of the steadiest, most consistent players on the planet. Expect to see him near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday
Rickie Fowler (+1200)
Fowler entered The Open Championship at +1600. And after posting a 1-under, 70 in the first round, his odds of winning his first career major title have improved. Fowler’s game is a great fit for Carnoustie, so don’t be surprised if the 29-year-old is at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy (+1000)
McIlroy loves playing in Europe, and it showed on Thursday. The three-time major champion carded a 2-under, 69, putting himself three strokes off the lead. If he can avoid disastrous holes, McIlroy may be the biggest threat in the field.
Jon Rahm (+1000)
Rahm didn’t get much love from the Vegas oddsmakers heading into the Open Championship, which is perfectly understandable after his terrible performance at the U.S. Open. The fiery Spaniard responded by firing an impressive 2-under, 69 in the first round. There is no questioning that Rahm is one of the most talented golfers in the world. If he can hold his mental game together for the rest of the tournament, there is a strong chance he will take home the Claret Jug along with his first career major championship.
Other notable names:
- Francesco Molinari (+2200)
- Alex Noren (+2500)
- Kevin Kisner (+2500)
- Henrik Stenson (+2800)
- Zach Johnson (+2800)
- Jordan Spieth (+3300)
- Justin Rose (+3300)
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