By: Marcus Washington
I hate to interrupt the Summer of Spieth with this prediction, but he will not win The Open. Despite being a 5-1 favorite, this year’s British Open will be won by a double-digit underdog. Spieth will be in contention, but he will fade late Saturday and will be a non-factor on Sunday.
Louis Oosthuizen (20-1)
Oosthuizen won The Open at St. Andrews back in 2010. He dominated the Old Course with a seven stroke win. How dominant was Oost? Once he took the lead on Friday, he never relinquished it, even when McIlroy got hot.
He has five top ten finishes this season, including a second place finish at Chambers Bay.
Sergio Garcia (33-1)
Sergio is due, right? He lost in a playoff at The Players. He has eight top 10 finishes at The Open. Last year at Royal Liverpool, Sergio finished second and has finished 36th, fifth and T14 when The Open has been held at St. Andrews.
Garcia would be as big of a feel good story as Mickelson was when he broke through at The Open.
Branden Grace (40-1)
Grace gave Spieth a scare at the US Open when they were tied with three holes left before he got loose off of the tee at 16. He finished fourth. What makes Grace such a great pick in his low ball flight. That should serve him well at St. Andrews.
Grace won the Dunhill Links championship in December by seven strokes over Louis Ooosthuizen and has also won the Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews (2012). He followed up his December win with a victory at the Qatar Masters. He has also has finished top 10 in three of his last five PGA events.
Tommy Fleetwood (66-1)
Fleetwood isn’t a household name in America, but don’t count out the 24-year-old. He has the course record 62 at St Andrews, and has been an impressive 41 under in his last eight rounds at St. Andrews. He has a track record on links courses, as he’s finished top five three times in his last four appearances at the Dunhill Links Championship.