Reigning U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and world no.1-ranked golfer Jason Day are co-favorites to win this weekend’s 2016 British Open at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.
Continue Reading Below
Popular online sportsbook Bovada.lv gives both Johnson and Day 8/1 odds of winning the Open Championship – the third of golf’s four major tournaments in 2016.
Johnson shot 4-under at the U.S. Open in June to secure his first-ever major and a $1.8 million prize. He gained further momentum earlier this month by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Day, who finished tied for fourth place at last year’s British Open, has won three PGA Tour events in 2016.
Irish-born golfer Rory McIlroy is listed just behind the frontrunners, with 9/1 odds of winning the tournament. McIlroy, 27, recently made waves by criticizing golf’s inclusion as an event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He won the British Open in 2014.
Jordan Spieth, who won two majors in 2015, is getting 10/1 odds at this weekend’s event. The 22-year-old Texan started strong at this year’s Masters Tournament, only to collapse late and finished tied for second place. Spieth shot plus-9 at the U.S. Open in June and finished tied for 37th place.
Other notable contenders include Adam Scott (22/1), Sergio Garcia (25/1), Branden Grace (25/1), Henrik Stenson (30/1) and Rickie Fowler (33/1). Last year’s champion Zach Johnson is listed at 60/1.
The 2016 British open will air from Thursday to Sunday on the Golf Channel and NBC.