How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Dustin Johnson 9/1, Jason Day 9/1, Rory McIlroy 10/1, Jordan Spieth 11/1 - Coral
- Straight Forecast: Johnson/Day 90/1, Day/Johnson 90/1, Day/McIlroy 100/1 - BetVictor
- Winning Nationality: Rest of the World 2/5, American 7/4 - Sky Bet
- Top Englishman: Justin Rose 4/1, Lee Westwood 11/2, Danny Willett 11/2, Matthew Fitzpatrick 9/2 - Paddy Power
- World No.1 Day has been in wonderful form all year and his most recent tournament win came at The Players Championship in May, while he also performed well to finish equal eighth at the US Open.
- Dustin Johnson won the US Open in June and kept up his stunning run of success by becoming the Bridgestone Invitational champion earlier this month, helping him to rise to No.2 in the world rankings.
- Rory McIlroy struggled at the US Open and missed the cut, but has happier memories of The Open, having won at Royal Liverpool in 2014. American Zach Johnson was the Open champion at St Andrews last year, while Todd Hamilton beat Ernie Els to the Open title the last time the tournament was staged at Royal Troon in 2004.
Johnson is in the form of his life and, having won two tournaments back-to-back, is an understandable favourite ahead of other big names such as Day, McIlroy and Spieth. All four men have the game to triumph at Royal Troon and can be backed at decent odds to emerge as champion, but for the best value it may be worth casting an eye over some of the other options.
Adam Scott, the fifth favourite with most bookies, stands out as one to watch. He is ranked eighth in the world after another solid year and, although he has not been at his very best in the last few weeks, he has finished in the top ten at each of the last four Open Championships and can be backed to do the same again at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Irishman Shane Lowry could be an even better punt at longer odds. He tied for second place at the US Open, showing that he can rise to the big occasion, while an unsettled weather forecast for the end of the week could also play into the hands of someone with his experience. Paddy Power has a price of 7/2 on Lowry finishing in the top five, while you can also find 8/1 at BetVictor if you reckon he’ll break into the top five.
Lowry is among many of the top golfers who have decided not to go to Rio de Janeiro to play in the Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus. Day, McIlroy, Spieth and Johnson will also be staying away from Brazil so there is a good chance that The Open will be won by someone not going to the Olympics. Great Britain will be represented in Rio by Justin Rose and Danny Willett, who can be backed at 35/1 and 50/1 respectively with Sky Bet for Open glory.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Shane Lowry to finish in the top five - 8/1 at BetVictor
Please note, odds may fluctuate before the tournament starts