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British Open Odds: Best Four Europeans To Watch Out For

British Open Odds: Best Four Europeans To Watch Out For
Golf's oldest major championship returns. The Open Championship a.k.a. the British Open is set for its 147th iteration. The Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland will be hosting for the eighth time and the first time in over a decade. The last two tournaments saw Europeans emerge victorious. As the best golfers converge, we look at the top Europeans bets to continue the trend.

2018 British Open Top Europeans Odds

A mystic feeling surrounds the British Open. It's played right in the middle of summer in between the US Open and the PGA Championship and is the oldest major tournament and the only one played in the UK. Europeans and Americans have alternated winning the tournament in the last five years. Except for Ernie Els, the championship was one by one of the other in the past 23 years.

If the trend continues we're looking at another European hoisting the Claret Jug. We look at four of the best European candidates complete with betting odds via SportsInteraction.

Justin Rose

The 37-year-old leads the pack and is among the favoured to capture his first Open Championship. Rose is the highest-ranked European sitting at #3 on the PGA Tour and has recently captured the WGC-HSBC Champions and Fort Worth Invitational but is still hunting for his first win in Europe this year. 

Rose will look to be the first Englishman to win the Open since Nick Faldo 25 years ago. He won't let the fact he has only two top-ten finishes, his best coming when he was 18-years-old in 1998, deter him from winning his first ever British major. Rose has plenty of momentum on his side. 

Since winning the FedEx Cup playoffs last August, Rose has won four tournaments and 17 top-ten finishes. He has the confidence and the familiarity with the course. He finished tied for 12th the last time in Angus.

Winning The Open 20 years after his stunning debut is a beautiful narrative and Rose is playing the best golf of his career. He's a sympathetic favourite to win or at least finish in the top-five.

Justin Rose

Odds to Finish as Top European

+697

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy became just the third Northern Irishman to capture The Open and only the second in nearly 70 years. He'll look to be the first to win multiple titles this weekend. The 29-year-old is enjoying a nice bounce-back season following a disastrous 2017 that was hampered by a rib injury.

He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and was in contention for the Masters before finishing tied for fifth. He struggled in Shinnecock and couldn't make the cut but if and when he gets back on his groove, he will be among the favourites to emerge.

The youngster still isn't a hundred per cent and appears to be bothered by his putting. But he'll look to make up for it with his driving as he looks to slug his way back to a top-five finish and maybe a surprise win. 

Rory McIlroy

Odds to Finish as Top European

+800

Sergio Garcia

Rose isn't the only golfer with a major narrative heading into the tournament. Garcia is looking to exorcise the demons of his last visit to Carnoustie, a runner-up finish in 2007. He led the course after three rounds carrying a three-shot lead but collapsed and lost a playoff to Padraig Harrington.

Garcia got caught in the greenside bunker and failed to sink a putt to give him his first major. The Open has historically been his best and favourite major. He's recorded ten top-ten finished and only failed to make cut twice since 2000.  

Now with a major of his own, Garcia heads back to Carnoustie with a more level head. He hasn't been so smooth in his latest European tours but if there's a dark horse among the Europeans, it's the Spaniard.

Sergio Garcia

Odds to Finish as Top European

+1100

Henrik Stenson

The history-making Swede is looking for his second Open title following his groundbreaking achievement in 2016. The 42-year-old became the first male Nordic major champion and did it in flying colours posting a record score of 264.

He fell off a bit in 2017 but has bounced back emphatically in 2018 finishing as a runner-up to the WGC-HSBC Champion and placing the top-six in both the Masters and the US Open. Stenson would be a bigger favourite if he wasn't hampered by an elbow inflammation. 

Last year, it was a burglary at his rental home. It seems like the golf gods have conspired to keep the Swede from repeating but though not fully healthy, Stenson can still put on a valiant effort and finish strong especially if he's able to maintain his laser-like putting.

Henrik Stenson

Odds to Finish as Top European

+1400

Best Canadian Sportsbooks for Golf

From July 19 to 22, expect Canadians to be tuning in to TSN for all their British Open fix. And if they're looking for some betting action, they turn to these online sportsbooks, which operate 24-7 and provide amazing customer service. Check out the reviews to find the right sportsbook.

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