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Five Intriguing British Open Props We’re Considering
Bryson DeChambeau to Make/Miss the Cut
Odds: To Make The Cut (-400 at DraftKings) or To Miss The Cut (+275 at DraftKings)
This is the first time new-look DeChambeau will bring his exaggerated power game to the British Open. It should be fascinating to see how the unconventional approach translates at a classic links course like this. He also has a brand-new caddie on the bag after an abrupt split with longtime bag man Tim Tucker. DeChambeau has missed the cut in two of three British Open appearances, but he’s made eight consecutive major cuts and won the 2020 U.S. Open since the great swing-speed experiment began. Love him or hate him, DeChambeau is definitely must-see TV this week.
Scottie Scheffler Top-10 Finish
Odds: +490 at FanDuel
These are seriously short odds for a guy making his British Open debut. But it makes sense given what Scheffler has done on the big stage lately. After missing the cut in two of his first three majors, Scheffler has five consecutive top-20 finishes. He’s also been top-10 in three of his last four, including a T-7 at last month’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. After a T-12 finish at last week’s Scottish Open, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Scheffler for his first taste of this tournament.
Will There Be A Hole-in-One – Yes or No?
Odds: Yes (-125 at BetMGM) or No (+100 at BetMGM)
Emiliano Grillo’s ace at Royal Portrush’s par-3 13th hole in 2019 is the only hole-in-one recorded over the past three British Opens. But Royal St. George’s has two shorter holes that should be gettable in the right conditions – No. 6 is a 174-yard par 3 and No. 16 is a 162-yard par 3. Both yielded hole-in-ones at the 2011 British Open, the former to Tom Watson and the latter to Dustin Johnson.
Any American Player to Win the British Open
Odds: -125 at BetMGM
Americans have largely dominated the major championships on their home turf in recent years. Since 2015, U.S. Players have combined to win 16 of 21 stateside majors at the Masters, PGA Championship and U.S. Open. But international players have been far more successful at the British Open, winning nine of the last 13 – including three of the last four with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (2016), Italy’s Francesco Molinari (2018) and Ireland’s Shane Lowry (2019). They could certainly keep the run going this year with Rahm the heavy favorite and others like Rory McIlroy (+1900), Viktor Hovland (+2500), Louis Oosthuizen (+2800), Paul Casey (+3000) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (+3000) near the top of the board on your betting apps.
Rickie Fowler to Make or Miss the Cut
Odds: To Make The Cut (-175 at DraftKings) or To Miss The Cut (+130 at DraftKings)
This will be a great benchmark to see if Fowler is truly ready to put a nasty slump behind him. It will also be just his second major of the season after he failed to qualify for the Masters and U.S. Open. Fowler was T-8 in his lone major start of the year at the PGA Championship and followed that with a T-11 at the Memorial. He’s always been a great wind player and consistently strong across the pond, with three top-10s and nine made cuts in 10 British Open starts. He was T-6 in his last appearance at Portrush, but these relatively tight make/miss cut odds show how much his game has declined over the past two years. If there’s any major where Fowler could make a huge bounce-back statement, this should be it.
British Open Betting Tips
Royal St. George’s is one of the most difficult courses on the British Open rota, yielding the second-highest winning score relative to par over the past decade when Darren Clarke shot a 5-under-275 in 2011. The wind gusts can be brutal on these links in the south of England, and the terrain is extremely bumpy with some scary-deep bunkers and brutal rough.
Experience and creative shot-shaping are always disproportionately rewarded at the British Open. Guys who have been playing great target golf in hot conditions all summer often fail to bring that form to this tournament, so it’s fine to look at players with below-average results in recent months.
It’s also wise to look at players in their mid-to-late 30s as opposed to the top young guns. Clarke was 42-years-old when he won here in 2011 and 10 of the last 13 British Open winners have been 31 or older.
British Open, Date & TV
When: Thursday-Sunday, July 15-18
Where: Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, Kent, England
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday 4 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Saturday 5 a.m.-7 a.m. ET, Sunday 4 a.m.-7 a.m. ET); NBC (Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. ET)