The Claret Jug will get a new name added to it this weekend as golf’s best head to Scotland for the 145th Open Championship.
Playing host to the third major of the season this year is Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland. This is the ninth time Royal Troon has hosted the British Open.
The co-favorites entering the tournament are the top two ranked golfers in the world, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, both at +800 at online sportsbook Bodog.
Johnson won his first major championship earlier this season when he claimed the U.S. Open. His best finish at the British Open came back in 2011 when he tied for second. He hasn’t had much luck in Britain the last number of years though, tying for 49th last year and tying for 12th the year before.
Day is also looking for his first British Open win and last year posted his best finish when he tied for fourth. Day has finished in the Top 10 in the last five majors, including winning last year’s PGA Championship.
The odds for the rest of the current Top 5 on the World Golf Rankings include Jordan Spieth at +1000, 2014 Open champ Rory McIlroy at +900, and Bubba Watson at +5500. Masters champion Danny Willett, currently ranked ninth in the World, is a +5000 underdog
The defending Open champion heading into Royal Troon is Zach Johnson. He won at St. Andrews last year after defeating Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff. Johnson is a +5000 underdog to repeat at Bodog. The odds on a few other recent Open champs include Phil Mickelson at +3300, Ernie Els at +12,500 and Darren Clarke at +75,000.
The last time Royal Troon hosted the British Open a relative unknown ended up with the Claret Jug. Todd Hamilton had only one win on the Tour to his name back in 2004 when he shocked the field by winning his first major title. He defeated Els in a playoff to win, but he hasn’t posted a tour win since. That’s why he’s a huge +100,000 longshot at Bodog to win again.
Royal Troon also hosted the British Open in 1997 when Justin Leonard finished on top. He’s also back again this week, but not expected to contend as a +50,000 underdog.