The 2017 Open Championship is hosted at Royal Birkdale and commences on the 20th of July.
It’s time for the 146th Open Championship and we return to Royal Birkdale for the 10th time.
Royal Birkdale is your typical links golf course and is well regarded among the players. It’s a par 70, 7,156 yard course which offers no surprises but is tough to play. It’s especially tough in bad weather conditions, although the weather forecast current points to rain, the conditions should not be too windy.
Padraig Harrington describes the course as a ‘solid golf course … that doesn’t give you anything’. With the fairways and greens being pretty flat and visible from the tee, it’s regarded as a fair links course with no trickery, but all of the bunkers are in play so accuracy off the tee will be important.
The front runners this week are Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy.
Out of the front runners, Jordon Spieth is on the best form. Despite finishing 35th in the US Open, he did recently win the Travelers Championship. Since then he has taken time off, so it’ll be interesting to see whether rest has been beneficial, or will hinder him. Six of the last seven winners at The Open featured at the Scottish Open which would suggest it may be a hindrance.
Surprisingly Dustin Johnson is narrowly second favourite this week. Really he has not been the same player since he injured himself falling down the stairs at Augusta. Since then he has played twice missing the cut and has not played recently. He really will be an unknown entity to back, but if he shows the form that made him such a hot favourite at the beginning of the year, he could throw up a few surprises.
Another player battling for form is Rory McIlroy. He himself has been recovering from injury (ribs) and having missed the cut at both the Scottish and Irish Opens, he is also a player that punters may be less inclined to back for the Open Championship.
Jon Rahm is quite the opposite. He won most recently the Irish Open, showing he is in good form with links style play. Prior to winning the Farmers Insurance Open earlier at the very beginning of the year, he was ranked 137th in the world. He starts this week as ranked 7th in the world, but this is only his second Open Championship. Last year he finished 59th, and it can be expected to improve on that but perhaps it will be too early for his first major.
With the prices long on all of the players, there is every chance we’ll see an outside come through this week.
How to Watch Live The Open Championship Live
The Open is only available to watch on Sky Sports.
This week Sky Sports channels have changed. Each sport now has a dedicated channel, and The Open is available on the golf channel 405. Build up coverage is already underway and the main coverage commences on Thursday.
The Open Championship Betting Odds
Here are the odds for the outright winner market via 10Bet. Jordon Spieth starts as favourite:
- Jordan Spieth – 25.50
- Dustin Johnson – 26.00
- Jon Rahm – 28.00
- Rory McIlroy – 28.00
- Rickie Fowler – 29.00
- Sergio Garcia – 31.00
- Justin Rose – 31.00
- Hideki Matsuyama – 32.00
- Adam Scott – 34.00
- Henrik Stenson – 36.00
The Open Championship Betting Offers
With the Open Championship being the third major, there are a lot more offers available than there typically is. See our golf page for the most up to date offers.
- Money back if your player comes 2nd or 3rd – A couple of bookmakers are leading with this offer. Boylesports are paying seven places and offering money back if your backed player finishes 2nd or 3rd. The slightly weaker offer of getting money back if they finish 2nd or 3rd is available via Winner.
- Money back if your player doesn’t make the cut – Another money back special from 888sport. Back a player to win The Open, and if they don’t make the cut, 888sport will refund your losing stake as a free bet up to £25.
- Free bets – It is possible to earn free bets with a few of the bookmakers With Ladbrokes, if you back a player to win with £20, then you’ll receive a £5 free bet on the Thursday, and another £5 free bet for the Friday. NetBet are claiming you’ll receive a £5 free bet for a birdie when you back a player, but digging into the details it’s only if they finish better than one under par on the front or back 9. Finally, with Boylesports, they will give you a £2 free each time your player scores a 2. There is a required stake of £20.
- Accumulator insurance – Finally there is insurance from 21Bet, Winner and Stan James. The criteria for the insurance is the same for all of them – a minimum of four selections on 2 & 3 ball accumulators.