- Dustin Johnson is the current world number one, and will be looking to secure the first British Open win of his career this week. His best result in this tournament came in 2011, when he tied for second place behind Darren Clarke. The American came joint ninth in 2016, but he has had an excellent year so far in 2017, winning the Genesis Open, the WGC Mexico Championship and the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play event. Johnson withdrew from the Masters in April this year after injuring his back, but has since made a full recovery and looks like a worthy favourite for The Open.
- Jordan Spieth won the Masters and the US Open in 2015, but has yet to win The Open or the PGA Championship. His best result here was tying for fourth place in 2015, and he has won two tournaments this year – the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February and the Travelers Championship just last month, finishing 12 under par. Currently ranked third in the world, it isn’t difficult to see why some bookmakers have Spieth sharing joint favouritism with Johnson.
- Rickie Fowler is currently ranked tenth in the world and has yet to win a major, but he came close to doing so in The Open in 2014 when tying for second place. Fowler tied for fifth, second and third place in the Masters, US Open and PGA Championship in that same year, and hasn’t fared better in the majors since, but maybe the 2017 Open could change that. The American has won just one tournament this year, and that was in The Honda Classic in February, but he tied for fifth and third in his last two tournaments, which were the US Open and Quicken Loans National.
- Jon Rahm only turned professional in 2016, so it isn’t any great surprise that he has yet to achieve a top ten finish in any of the majors. He tied for 59th place in the 2016 Open, and will no doubt be looking to improve on that this year. Rahm achieved his first professional win this year, and that was in the Farmers Insurance Open, which took place in January.
- Rory McIlroy is currently ranked fourth in the world, and has won all of the majors except the Masters. He won the British Open in 2014, but he had to skip the tournament in 2015 due to injury and was therefore unable to defend his title. In the 2016 Open, McIlroy tied for fifth place.
It is never easy to pick the winner of any golf tournament, and doing so in a major is particularly tricky, but as far as current form goes, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth look to be the players with the best chances. Of the two, Johnson is our pick, so we will back him as an each-way selection at 1/5 odds for the first eight places.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
|Open 2017 Winner||
12/1 (bet each way)
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.