The last time The Open was played at Royal Troon we watched 56th ranked Todd Hamilton outlast Ernie Els in a playoff. Talk about an upset! Who does Team VPAR think will take home the coveted Claret Jug this year?
Henrik Stenson – Odds to Win 25/1
(Rowan Northcott, UK Sales Consultant)
The iceman is looking very sharp at the moment. A three shot victory seemed inevitable after Henrik shot a bogey-free second round 65 at the BMW European Open in Germany. His iron play is revered on both sides of the Atlantic, as he currently sits third in ‘Greens in Regulation’ on both the PGA and European Tours. A lack of a Major Championship is the only blot on his career. That didn’t seem to bother Danny or Dustin though.
Dustin Johnson – Odds to Win 17/2
(Tommy Forte, PGA Pro & US Director of Golf)
Dustin Johnson will be the man to beat at Troon. DJ is safely under the wing of two legends who have helped him both on and off the course, Butch Harmon and Wayne Gretsky. Putting has been DJ’s shortcoming but when you hardly miss fairways and have lots of wedges into greens, proximity to the hole will be DJ’s leading stat at Troon. In less than a year DJ has gone from the bad boy of the tour to the family man who has his eye on being the best.
Jason Day – Odds to Win 8/1
(Nick Kull, US Event Manager)
Jason Day could not be a more perfect fit as this year’s Open Champion, and not just because he’s currently ranked number one. Although he may not have the best track record at The Open Championship, it was just this time last year that he was twenty feet away from joining the playoff of Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen. Day ranks in the top 5 for scoring, birdies and putting average respectively and will look to become the 6th Australian native to hoist the Claret Jug.
Sergio Garcia – Odds to Win 25/1
(Howard Millard, UK Sales Consultant)
Yes, I have gone with major failure Sergio Garcia. He’s the crowd pleaser, fan teaser and talented Spaniard. He is in flying form this season with a win on the PGA tour and a fantastic performance at the US Open. I thought he had a good chance on Sunday, especially with the 2 on #8 in the final round. If he can keep his focus he has a great chance of finally, I repeat finally, lifting the trophy he deserves.
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