It perhaps doesn't bode well for British hopes that the last six editions of the Open Championship to have been played at Royal Troon have all been won by Americans. The British and Irish contingent will hope to rectify that statistic when they vie for the famous Claret Jug in Scotland this week though and we fancy Chris Wood and Graeme McDowell to put up a strong challenge...

Thursday 14th July - 6.30am Odds Won/Lost Bet

2016 Open Championship Top GB and Ire Player
Chris Wood top GB and Ireland (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 25 / 1  
Graeme McDowell top GB and Ireland (each way) @ 20 / 1  

Top British and Irish Player

The Top Great Britain and Ireland market for this week is unsurprisingly dominated by 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy, who is as short as 11/4 (Paddy Power). The Northern Irishman is obviously the stand-out name in this particular betting heat and there is no doubt that if he hits his straps then he could prove unstoppable, particularly as he is looking to make up for lost time after missing last year's renewal through injury. 

Speaking of injury, Justin Rose's recent back problems ensure he is way too short at 8/1 in this particular bracket, while US masters champion Danny Willett (12/1) appears to be suffering a bit of a hangover from Augusta as he has missed his last two cuts.

Shane Lowry (12/1) is also looking to rediscover his touch after blowing a lead at the US Open last month but he will obviously be a threat in this seaside links course at Troon, where he will be more than capable of coping with windy conditions. Lee Westwood (12/1) will also fancy he has what it takes to contend here as he did finish in the top-ten when he last visited Troon in 2004 and that is one of five career top-tens at The Open for the English hopeful.

Got Wood

At more than twice the price of Westwood, we fancy fellow Englishman Chris Wood is worthy of attention at a massive 25/1 (Paddy Power). The Bristolian was leading amateur when he tied for 5th at the 2008 Open and he then tied 3rd in 2009. He arrives at Troon in red hot form as two of his three European Tour titles have come in the past thirteen months, with the recent BMW PGA Championship winner racking up three successive top-25 finishes on the tour.,

Accurate from tee-to-green, Wood has all of the tools to go well here and he has shown his liking for links courses by finishing in the top-fifteen in each of the last four editions of the Alfred Dunhill Links in Scotland, including a tie for 4th in October of last year.
Tip #1: Chris Wood top GB and Ireland player (each way) @ 25/1 with PaddyPower.com.

G Mac Is Back

Finally, Graeme McDowell has also showed some progressive form in the past year or so as his win at the OHL Classic has been followed up with four top-20 finishes on the PGA Tour this year. He is a solid links golfer who will relish the testing conditions that Troon will no doubt provide and his tie for 10th in the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart last week was a perfect warm-up for the main event.
Tip #2: Graeme McDowell top GB and Ireland player (each way) @ 20/1 with Betfred.

2016 The Open Top GB and Ireland Player Odds