Earlier this week, we took a look at a few of the favorites that have a chance to contend this week at Royal Liverpool and the 151st Open Championship. Now we move on to the longshots. This article turned out very well at the U.S. Open, where Wyndham Clark was featured. Let’s see if we can go back to back with longshot winners!
Hideki Matsuyama (80/1 to win)
Hideki can be a bit of a risky play at times considering his injury history. But this number is just too high for a major winner who is an elite ballstriker and plays well in adverse conditions.
Justin Thomas (80/1 to win)
This number has ballooned from 25/1 at the beginning of the year to now 80/1. Yes, JT isn’t in great form and doesn’t usually play well on links golf courses. But, he is a multiple major winner and we are getting triple the odds that he was at the beginning of the year. I’m more than willing to chance that Thomas can magically find something this week at this high price and return to the form that he has shown over his career.
Deep Longshots (very good payouts for top 20)
Matthew Jordan (300/1 to win; +650 top 20)
I’m sure you have heard this by now, but Jordan is a member here and has the most experience of anyone in this field on this course. That local knowledge is very valuable. His game is in good form, as he has made the cut in his last six events on the DP World Tour, including last week at the Scottish Open.
Ewen Ferguson (300/1 to win; +550 top 20)
Ferguson has some great memories of Hoylake as he captured the Boys Amateur Championship here in 2013. His game is trending in the right direction after finishing fourth at the British Masters a few weeks ago and then 12th at the Scottish Open last week. Good memories plus good form is often a great combination for a longshot play.
Rasmus Hojgaard (300/1 to win; +750 top 20)
Rasmus is a very inconsistent player but when he is on, he can contend. He just captured his fourth victory on the DP World Tour just two weeks ago. Not often will you get a player who is ranked 84th in the world at these long of odds.
Alexander Bjork (350/1 to win; +550 top 20)
Bjork has played 15 events on the DP World Tour in 2023. He has finished 42nd or better in each event! That includes seven top-ten finishes. Similar to Rasmus Hojgaard, he is another player in the top 100 in the world whose odds are a bit too long this week, especially for a top-20 finish.
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