2016 Open Championship Tips

The 2016 Open Championship is finally upon as the great and good of world golf head to Royal Troon in Scotland for the third major of the year. It is no surprise to see that the 'Big Four' of Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth all head the betting but their prices are plenty skinny enough and we have decided to widen our scope for four each-way tips...

14th July - 17th July Odds Won/Lost Bet

2016 Open Championship Winner
Adam Scott (each way)   
Best Bet
@ 28 / 1  
Henrik Stenson (each way) @ 33 / 1  
Phil Mickelson (each way) @ 45 / 1 P
Matt Kuchar (each way) @ 80 / 1  

Dustin Johnson looks the most likely of the 'Big Four' as he has a fine links pedigree and is the form man in the world after winning the last two tournaments he has started, including a maiden major win at the US Open.

It will be a big ask for Johnson to win back-to-back majors and there are enough questions marks surrounding the 2016 form of McIlroy and Spieth, while Day's links record isn't great.

Great Scott

Instead, we prefer to back a player who has been overshadowed by the aforementioned four during the last eighteen months or so but there is no doubting the quality of Adam Scott, who can be backed at 28/1 with Coral (Paying 1/5 odds on 7 places). Scott has experience of Royal Troon as he played the previous Open held here in 2004 and his length off the tee, allied with his accuracy, ensures he looks to be a perfect fit for the par-71 Old Course.

The Australian has been so consistent this year as the Honda Classic champion hasn't missed a cut during 2016 and he looked in good touch with a top-ten at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last time out. The 2013 US Masters winner will be relishing a return to Scotland as he has top-tenned in both previous visits here (T3 in 2013 and T10 in 2015) and he hasn't finished outside of the top-ten in his last four appearances at The British Open.
Tip #1: Adam Scott (each way) @ 28/1 with Coral.

Super Swede

Henrik Stenson's search for a maiden major win continues and this course appears to be tailor-made for a the big-hitting Swede, who goes plenty long enough off the tee and there are few more accurate players in world golf right now. Stenson ended a drought that hadn't seen him win a tournament since November 2014 by landing the BMW International Open recently and that victory came off the back of five top-five finishes for the calendar year.

At 40 years of age, Stenson boasts the experience to perform well here and his tie for 13th at the Scottish Open was a timely reminder of how much he enjoys British soil. He hasn't missed a cut in any of his last seven appearances at The Open Championship, racking up four top-fifteens, including three top-threes, in the process. It is worth noting that five of the last six Open winners had warmed up by playing the Scottish Open.
Tip #2: Henrik Stenson (each way) @ 33/1 with Unibet.

Mickelson Returns

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has quietly gone about his business during another excellent year as 'Lefty' has nine-top tens, including five top-fives, to his name during 2016. The five-time major winner returns to Scotland after his win at Muirfield in 2013 and he served notice of his intentions for this week as he closed out his tie for 13th at the Scottish Open with a fine 66 on Sunday.
Tip #3: Phil Mickelson (each way) @ 45/1 with Coral.

In-Form Kuchar

Finally, Matt Kuchar is another play whose form hasn't quite got the recognition it deserves but a player who has finished in the top-six in five of his last six starts surely deserves respect. The American is so accurate off the tee and he did top-fifteen at The Open in 2012 and 2013, while his runner-up effort at last year's Scottish Open would suggest that he could enjoy conditions at Royal Troon, where the last six Open winners have all hailed from the USA. 
Tip #4: Matt Kuchar (each way) @ 80/1 with Unibet.com.

2016 Open Championship Odds