The 2014 British Open from Royal Liverpool Golf Club is the third major championship of the year and one of the hardest tests golfers will face this season.
As seen in the women’s Open Championship last week, low scores can be shot when the wind isn’t blowing, but the links course gets incredibly difficult when Mother Nature intervenes.
For those fans looking to make a wager on this event, there are several notable sleepers with favorable betting odds who are worthy of an investment.
|2014 British Open Odds|
*Betting info via OddsShark.com.
Sleepers with Favorable Betting Odds
While bettors will be looking to favorites like Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to find a lock for this week's event, real gamblers will be looking to place an investment with a bigger possible return.
Two names to watch at the 2014 British Open are Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
Spieth has 33-1 odds coming into The Open Championship, and that is an ideal bet for those looking for a larger payout. While the 20-year-old star has never won a major before, he finished second at the Masters tournament and is mature beyond his years.
After following up his second-place finish with a 17th-place finish at the U.S. Open, Spieth is looking to use his powerful drive, elite iron play and consistent putting to tame the links course and earn himself the Claret Jug.
Paul Higham of Sky Sports showed Spieth already testing the rough at Royal Liverpool:
For fans of the young American, watching him already working on his game from the rough showcases the mental fortitude and cunning that has made him one of the most exciting players on tour in 2014.
Spieth will have some serious competition, though, as fellow American Fowler will be just as focused on his play at the British Open.
The 25-year-old California native told John Huggan of Golf Digest about his love for links golf after his eighth-place finish at the Scottish Open this past weekend:
I just love links golf, especially hitting shots back into the wind. Downwind is fun, but playing the opposite way is better. You have to hit the ball in the middle of face and control the flight of the ball. That’s not quite the norm on tour. We play in windy conditions obviously - and the greens are firm on the PGA Tour - but the air over here is heavier and affects the ball a lot more. I don’t know if that adds up to a harder question than we see most weeks, but I enjoy the challenge of it. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Fowler enters the tournament at 33-1 odds to win it all, but he is one of the safest bets from the pool of players who have never won a major. With a fifth-place finish at the Masters and a second-place finish at the U.S. Open in 2014, momentum is on Fowler’s side.
Add in a fifth-place finish in the British Open in 2011, and there is no doubt that Fowler’s experience over the years and love for this style of golf will help him stay in contention throughout the week at Royal Liverpool.
For gamblers, the entice of taking a big name will always be there in golf, but at the British Open, there is always a chance that a fresh face could shock the world.
In the case of Spieth and Fowler, the young Americans will steal the show in Great Britain.
*Stats via PGATour.com.