British Open Odds 2017: Vegas Projections for Top Stars in This Year's Field

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 17:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates victory as he kisses the Claret Jug on the the 18th green after the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished 20 under for the tournament to claim the Open Championship.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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One of golf's great occasions begins on July 20 as the 2017 British Open is played at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.

The Open Championship is currently held by Henrik Stenson, who claimed the famous Claret Jug at Royal Troon, Scotland, last year.

A host of top players will be in attendance as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day all contend for silverware.

Here are the early odds for the top stars chasing the title, per OddsShark:

        

Dustin Johnson - 10/1

Rory McIlroy - 10/1

Jordan Spieth - 11/1

Jason Day - 16/1

Sergio Garcia - 16/1

Jon Rahm - 16/1

Rickie Fowler - 18/1

Henrik Stenson - 20/1

Hideki Matsuyama - 20/1

Justin Rose - 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood - 20/1

For further British Open odds, visit Oddsshark.

           

Preview

Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy practices on the 14th at Royal Birkdale Golf Coure, near Southport in north west England on July 16, 2017 ahead of The 146th Open golf competition.  / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/
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The field is wide open for the latest edition of the Open, with many of the top players struggling for their best form.

All eyes will be on Northern Ireland icon McIlroy, but the superstar has laboured on the greens in the past few weeks.

The 28-year-old missed the cut at the Scottish Open in the second round, and it seems unlikely he will be competitive at this year's competition in Southport.

Although McIlroy stands as the joint-favourite with Dustin Johnson, he will not make a dent if his current form continues.

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links Golf Course on July 16, 2017 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Imag
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Rickie Fowler braved the links course at the Scottish Open in preparation for the major, and he tied for ninth place.

The American talent only posted six bogeys across the four days in Scotland, per the European Tour, and he has a puncher's chance of claiming the championship. 

At 18/1, Fowler is excellent value, and he should expect to be contending into the final round.

Tommy Fleetwood will be many golf fan's outside bet for the title after a stellar year on the tour.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02:  Tommy Fleetwood of England poses with the trophy after winning the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The Open takes place in Fleetwood's hometown this year, ensuring he will have magnificent support from tee to green.

Fleetwood is one of the most improved players in the world this year having taken the current Race to Dubai by storm.

According to the European Tour, the Englishman leads the way, with Sergio Garcia trailing in second place.

Home fans would be delighted to see Fleetwood lift a major title in his own back yard, and he has become a cult figure for the golfing fraternity in the UK.

The 26-year-old is a rising star and his stock has exploded in 2017, and a win at the Open would be the cherry on the cake after a magnificent 12 months.