Jack Green provides his best bets for the the Open, including a player to win, two each-way shouts and an outside shot.
BACK TO WIN
There are two names clear at the top of the market at Royal Liverpool this week: Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler.
McIlroy is coming off the back of an incredible win at the Scottish Open and will be difficult to beat at the course where he won the Open in 2014. However, it’s been nine years since the Northern Irishman last won a major as he’s struggled to get the job done at the biggest events.
No such doubts remain over Scheffler, who won the 2022 Masters and has been incredibly consistent in the majors over the past three years, with eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts.
Scheffler putted poorly in Scotland last week, but his remarkable ball-striking saw him remain in contention all the way until Sunday afternoon, ultimately finishing T3 despite being visibly frustrated during the final few holes.
The world No. 1 is on a ridiculous run of seven straight top-five finishes, and he’s finished inside the top 12 in 19 straight events – a run that dates back to October 2022.
It’s not the most exciting bet in the world, but Scheffler has reached Tiger Woods levels of consistency from tee to green this year. If the putter gets hot, he’ll be the one to beat.
With 12 places on offer at Betway, it’s well worth backing at least a couple of stand-out players each-way at Hoylake.
Lowry looks a great option, four years on from his first and only major victory at Portrush in 2019, when he produced a fantastic performance to win by six shots.
The Irishman has finished T12 and T21 at the two Opens since that triumph, as well as T4 at the PGA Championship in 2021 and T3 at the Masters in 2022.
Lowry has finished in the top-20 at all three majors this year, and looked in good form while placing T12 at last week’s Scottish Open despite closing with a 73 in difficult conditions.
That was Lowry’s fifth top-20 from his last six starts and, although he’s lacked the killer instinct to really get into contention during that run, he’s consistently making cuts and finishing high up the leaderboard.
He’s got a great links record and has a real chance if he putts as well as he did last week in Scotland.
Rose has had some tough times on the course over the past few years, but the 42-year-old has looked back to his best at points in 2023 and looks poised for another run at the second major win of his career.
The 2013 US Open champion has come close at the Open on a couple of occasions, most notably a T2 behind Francesco Molinari at Carnoustie in 2018. He’s also posted two respectable major finishes this year – a T16 at the Masters and T9 at the US Open.
Rose won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, which was his first triumph on the PGA or European Tour since January 2019, and also placed inside the top eight at the Players Championship, Canadian Open and British Masters this year.
The Englishman has said that the Open is his best chance to win a major over the next 10 years, and this one at Royal Liverpool looks a great opportunity to at least go close again.
Harman looked well in contention at the Scottish Open before he seemed to lose his cool in the blustery conditions at The Renaissance Club.
Nevertheless, the lefty posted a T12 finish, following a T2 at the Travelers Championship and a T9 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in his previous two starts.
Harman’s game is clearly in good nick, and he’s played well at the Open over the past few years, finishing T19 in 2021 and T6 last year. He also posted a respectable T26 finish on his Open debut at this course back in 2014.
With just two PGA Tour victories in his career to date, Harman is hardly a serial winner, but he’s in good form and has a game that seems to suit links golf. If he can build upon his performance in Scotland last week, he looks a fine bet to take advantage of the 12 places on offer.