Carnoustie is home to this year’s Open Championship. The course is known as the site of Tommy Armour’s 1931 Open title, his final major. But perhaps, it’s most notable claim to fame, was being the site of the infamous Jean van-de-Velde triple bogey on hole 18 to force a three way playoff that allowed Paul Lawrie to capture the cup in 1999. Lawrie, down by 10 to start the final round, completed the largest comeback in major title history, obviously with van de Velde’s assistance.
We don’t predict another meltdown like that one, although it would be awesome to see, but we do predict to see some great golf played. Several players are entering this week playing some great golf.
Here are our selections to win the Open Championship along with their odds. Odds provided by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
Rickie Fowler – 16/1
I feel like I go round and round with Rickie. He played incredibly well in most non major events this year. He played well in the Masters (2nd), and if not for a third round 84 at Shinnecock, he may have been the US Open winner this year. This year has seemed like it’s all coming together for Fowler. He also just shot 14 under(T6) at the Scottish Open this weekend. Of the betting favorites (16/1 or better), I like Rickie’s chances the best to win this weekend.
Tony Finau – 60/1
Tony Finau is 2 for 2 in top 10’s this year during major tournaments. He finished +5 at Shinnecock which is not as bad as it sounds when you consider the US Open as a whole. Finau has silently played strong golf, but isn’t lighting the world on fire. That performance at Shinnecock makes me think he could do well at Carnoustie because the two courses share some similarities.
Charley Hoffman – 125/1
Charley is always a strong contender each week who seems to generally be 100/1 or higher. The added value, on top of great ability to navigate a strong field, puts the UNLV product high on the Vegas Squares board of players to bet matchups and futures with. He’s definitely not a pick you should be firing mortgage payments at, but a few bucks on Charley could yield you a nice steak dinner at Bellagio Prime overlooking the fountains.