Jordan Spieth is back but favorite to win the Open

LONDON: Jordan spieth (Photo) will enter the second round of the Open Championship as a consensus favorite to win their second Claret Jug.

The 2017 Open champion started Thursday with a score of under 65, which put him one shot behind South African Louis Oosthuizen. Spieth was the betting favorite at DraftKings (+350), BetRivers (+400) and BetMGM (+450) shortly after the end of the first round.

Oosthuizen, who has finished second in each of the last two majors and six majors in total since winning the Open in 2010, is offered at +450 on each of the three sportsbooks. The next shortest odds belong to 2020 PGA Champion Collin Morikawa, who is offered at +1600 by all three despite taking part in his first Open Championship.

Spaniard Jon Rahm opened his doors as a big favorite after winning his first major title at the US Open last month and finishing seventh at the Scottish Open last week. However, he stumbled on a 1 in 71 on Thursday, which raised his odds to +3300 at BetRivers, +3500 to DraftKings and +400 to BetMGM.

Brooks Koepka opened the tournament at +1,600 to DraftKings, where he was the most backed player with 10% of the money and 6% of the absolute winning bets. The quadruple major champion is still at the heart of the 1-slot hunt, his odds stretching only slightly to +1800 to DraftKings.

Those are the same odds as Dustin Johnson, who started with a score of under 68. Johnson, who picked up the number. 1 world ranking this week and tied for second at Royal St. George’s in 2011, opened the tournament at +2200.

Stewart Cink was one of the biggest liabilities before the tournament in several sportsbooks, including PointsPari, where he opened with a longshot of +12,500. A two-time PGA Tour winner this season, Cink is part of a squad of five just two strokes ahead.

Oosthuizen’s most recent world victory came at the South Africa Open in 2018. He has since had numerous finalists, including three since the start of 2020.

“It gives me confidence for the majors knowing that I am still competing and still have chances of winning,” Oosthuizen said of his tight calls in the majors. “But yeah, once the week starts I have to get that out of my mind and focus on every round and every shot.”

Spieth had his own struggles on Sunday, including a T3 at Pebble Beach and a T4 at the Phoenix Open earlier this year despite appearing in the final group. But he broke through with a victory at the Valero Texas Open in April.

Spieth has eight top 10s in his last 13 starts, explaining how – and how quickly – he has recovered among the game’s elite players after falling to their lowest. 92 in January.

“I absolutely loved this tournament,” he said. “I played well here whether I’m in good shape or not.”

And if he wins on Sunday, does Spieth expect it to be any different given the hardships he has endured over the past four years?

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I hope to answer this question for you in a few days. – Field level media

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