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British Open 2018 odds: Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy favored

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Insert your preferred obligatory remark about whether you call this week’s major championship at Carnoustie “The Open Championship” or “the British Open” here. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to the notoriously difficult business of golf futures betting.

The No. 1 golfer in the world, considering his recent form is respectable and he is, you know, the No. 1 golfer in the world, is tops at the books. Justin Rose (16/1), Rickie Fowler (16/1), Rory McIlroy (18/1), and Jordan Spieth (20/1) round out the top four at Bovada. Tiger Woods is at 22/1, along with Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas. Phil Mickelson is 66/1.

Odds to win The Open Championship 2018 (@Bovada, 7/17)

Dustin Johnson 12/1

Rickie Fowler 16/1

Justin Rose 16/1

Rory McIlroy 18/1

Jordan Spieth 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood 22/1

Brooks Koepka 22/1

Jon Rahm 22/1

Justin Thomas 22/1

Tiger Woods 22/1

Sergio Garcia 28/1

Henrik Stenson 28/1

Alex Noren 30/1

Jason Day 33/1

Francesco Molinari 33/1

Patrick Reed 35/1

Paul Casey 40/1

Branden Grace 40/1

Tyrrell Hatton 40/1

Marc Leishman 45/1

Hideki Matsuyama 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1

Russell Knox 66/1

Phil Mickelson 66/1

Ian Poulter 66/1

Thomas Pieters 75/1

Matt Kuchar 80/1

Louis Oosthuizen 80/1

Bubba Watson 80/1

Patrick Cantlay 100/1

Tony Finau 100/1

Emiliano Grillo 100/1

Zach Johnson 100/1

Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1

Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1

Bryson DeChambeau 125/1

Ryan Fox 125/1

Haotong Li 125/1

Luke List 125/1

Adam Scott 125/1

Webb Simpson 125/1

Matthew Southgate 125/1

Lee Westwood 125/1

Paul Dunne 150/1

Brian Harman 150/1

Charley Hoffman 150/1

Shane Lowry 150/1

Ryan Moore 150/1

Xander Schaufflele 150/1

Brandt Snedeker 150/1

Brandon Stone 150/1

Andy Sullivan 150/1

Danny Willett 150/1

Chris Wood 150/1

Kevin Na 175/1

Eddie Pepperell 175/1

Byeonghun AN 200/1

Kiradech Aphibarnrat 200/1

Daniel Berger 200/1

Ross Fisher 200/1

Dylan Frittelli 200/1

Padraig Harrington 200/1

Russell Henley 200/1

Martin Kaymer 200/1

Charl Schwartzel 200/1

Cameron Smith 200/1

Kyle Stanley 200/1

Jordan Smith 225/1

Alexander Bjork 250/1

Jorge Campillo 250/1

Stewart Cink 250/1

Jason Dufner 250/1

Beau Hossler 250/1

Pat Perez 250/1

Julian Suri 250/1

Peter Uihlein 250/1

Jimmy Walker 250/1

Gary Woodland 250/1

Keegan Bradley 300/1

Nicolas Colsaerts 300/1

Cameron Davis 300/1

Retief Goosen 300/1

Michael Kim 300/1

Si Woo Kim 300/1

Alexander Levy 300/1

Ryan Armour 400/1

Kevin Chappell 400/1

George Coetzee 400/1

Jens Dantorp 400/1

Kevin Kisner 400/1

Anirban Lahiri 400/1

Matt Wallace 400/1

Shota Akiyoshi 500/1

Jonas Blixt 500/1

Danthai Boonma 500/1

Bronson Burgoon 500/1

Minchel Choi 500/1

Darren Clarke 500/1

Austin Cook 500/1

Sean Crocker 500/1

John Daly 500/1

Grant Forrest 500/1

Gavin Green 500/1

Chesson Hadley 500/1

Adam Hadwin 500/1

Michael Hendry 500/1

Lucas Herbert 500/1

Charles Howell III 500/1

Kodai Ichihara 500/1

Jazz Janewattananond 500/1

Matt Jones 500/1

Andrew Landry 500/1

Shaun Norris 500/1

Sang Hyun Park 500/1

Chez Reavie 500/1

Jovan Rebula 500/1

Brett Rumford 500/1

Brady Schnell 500/1

Jack Senior 500/1

Shubhankar Sharma 500/1

Brendan Steele 500/1

Ryuko Tokimatsu 500/1

Erik Van Rooyen 500/1

Oliver Wilson 500/1

Lin Yuxin 500/1

Ernie Els 750/1

Scott Jamieson 750/1

Sung Kang 750/1

Bernhard Langer 750/1

Jhonattan Vegas 750/1

Abraham Ancer 1000/1

Marcus Armitage 1000/1

Mark Calcavecchia 1000/1

Ben Curtis 1000/1

David Duval 1000/1

Nicolaj Hojgaard 1000/1

Yuta Ikeda 1000/1

Masahiro Kawamura 1000/1

Marcus Kinhult 1000/1

Patton Kizzire 1000/1

Masanori Kobayashi 1000/1

Satoshi Kodaira 1000/1

Jason Kokrak 1000/1

Kelly Kraft 1000/1

Tom Lewis 1000/1

Zander Lombard 1000/1

Haraldur Magnus 1000/1

James Robinson 1000/1

Hideto Tanihara 1000/1

Ashton Turner 1000/1

Miyazato Yusaku 1000/1

Fabrizio Zanotti 1000/1

Rhys Enoch 1500/1

Thomas Curtis 2500/1

Todd Hamilton 2500/1

Tom Lehman 2500/1

Sam Locke 2500/1

Sandy Lyle 2500/1

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  1. Johnny Penso

    Jul 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Ricky Fowler? LOLOLOL. I like the guy but c’mon.

  2. Robert

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I would take Patrick Reed @ 35/1.

    • Chilly Dipper

      Jul 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

      This copied my thread on Tour Talk! I’m famous!

      • Robert

        Jul 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

        If you are talking about my pick, I have no idea who you are or what Tour Talk is. If Tour Talk is talk radio, I never listen to talk radio.

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Laura Davies’ Winning WITB: Senior LPGA Championship

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Driver: Lynx Parallax

Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757

3-wood: Lynx Black Cat

Hybrid: Lynx Parallax Hybrid (17 degrees)

Irons: Lynx Tour Blade (2), Lynx Parallax Forged (4-9)

Wedges: Lynx Tour (50, 56, 60 degrees)

We’re investigating the Odyssey putter and SuperStroke grip.

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Caddie suit against Tour dropped | Hand surgery for Wie | Former DJ advisor guilty

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1. Caddie suit dropped
T.J. Auclair, writing for the Caddie Network (an outlet heretofore unknown to me)…”A lawsuit filed by PGA Tour caddies in 2015 against the PGA Tour has come to an end. Very soon, the Tour will be implementing a healthcare program for all caddies on the PGA Tour that will significantly help caddies and their families off-set healthcare costs.”
  • “The Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) had been seeking a way to minimize the rising costs of healthcare insurance. Those measures included trying to find sponsors for a small part of their caddie bibs, shirt sleeves and hats to heavily subsidize the health costs, which for some caddies, was in excess of $25,000 to cover themselves and their families.”
  • “The caddies lost their class-action suit in District Court in February 2016 and then lost an appeal in August 2018.”
2. Michelle Wie has hand surgery
Our Gianni Magliocco…”Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.”
  • “The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.”
  • Wie…”I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free!”
  • “Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise.”
3. Former DJ advisor found guilty
Per Golf Channel…”A federal jury has found Nathan Hardwick, a former advisor to Dustin Johnson, guilty of embezzling $26 million in funds from his now-bankrupt real estate closing firm, Morris Hardwick Schneider.”
“Per Golf.com, citing Law.com, a 12-person jury convicted Hardwick of “one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 21 counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to federally insured banks.”
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, citing Law.com, explains where the money went.
  • “The alleged spending included $18.47 million on gambling, private jet travel and women from 2011 through August 2014. The prosecution submitted two binders of documentation as evidence that Hardwick spent $4.39 million on “female social companions,” including one testifying witness who claimed to have met him through SugarDaddy.com.”
  • “Other alleged expenditures described in testimony include more than $7 million at casinos, more than $3 million with a bookie, $680,000 for a luxury condo at The St. Regis Atlanta, $273,000 on a diamond ring, $186,000 on a deposit for a party on a private island, and $635,000 on a trip to the 2014 British Open for golfing buddies that included a customized jet and round at St. Andrews.”
4. The PGA Tour (Latinoamerica) returns to Doral
Golf Channel’s Nick Menta…”PGA Tour Latinoamérica announced Wednesday that it will play its season finale, the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship, at Trump National Doral from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.”
  • “The limited-field event will feature the top 60 players on the circuit’s money list competing on Doral’s Golden Palm Course.”
  • “We are very happy that we will continue playing the Latinoamérica Tour Championship-Shell Championship in South Florida, and Doral is a tremendous community that we know will open its arms to our players and this tournament,” PGA Tour Latinoamérica president Jack Warfield said in a statement.”
  • “The PGA Tour ended its more than 50-year relationship with Doral and the resort’s Blue Monster course back in 2016, when Cadillac’s title sponsorship of the World Golf Championship lapsed.’
5. Brooks Koepka’s No. 1 scenario
Golf Channel…”Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.”
  • “Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73…Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.”
  • “Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.”
6. Does playing the Fall Series matter?
Shane Ryan wonders not just whether we care about fall PGA Tour action, but whether the narrative that getting of to a hot start in autumn can propel a player to a strong season.
  • “Putting aside the appeal of the fall swing, and the tour’s clever ways of ensuring participation, there’s a bigger narrative to contend with: The idea that success in the fall can jumpstart a player’s season, and potentially even establish a spot in the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list that carries through to the Tour Championship a summer later.”
  • “If that’s true, then sure, it’s a great argument for why the fall matters. It would be like telling an NFL team that if they play really well for the month of September, they can secure a spot in the playoffs. It adds a ton of significance-if you care about the Tour Championship, the narrative goes, then it’s wise to also care about the fall.”
  • “Does the narrative hold up? On the surface, the simple answer is yes: Most fall events are worth 500 points to the winner, just like a normal summer event. (The exceptions are the WGC-HBSC Champions, worth 550 points, and the Sanderson Farms Championship, played that same week and worth 300.) So if a player won in Malaysia, Korea, Las Vegas and Georgia, that player would have 2,050 points. In 2018, only two players had 2,050 FedEx Cup points when the playoffs began, and in 2017 the number was four. Which means if you sweep the fall, you could take the entire year off and still be confident of a top-five position by the time The Northern Trust came around in mid-August….”
Further number crunching confirms the hypothesis. Read Ryan’s full piece here.
7. Bruntsfield joins modernity
BBC Report…”Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – the fourth oldest golf club in the world – has become the latest to permit women members after a vote.”
  • ‘The Edinburgh club, founded in 1761, has revealed that 83.7% of members casting their vote on Thursday were in favour of the change.”
  • Captain Mike Smith said: “This is an historic occasion for the society…This change, together with a £1.2m investment in our course, will ensure we are well positioned for the future.”
8. Marshal breaks leg
Bernie McGuire writes…”A female volunteer is the latest casualty at a major golf event after breaking her leg in two places while looking for a lost ball on day one of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.”
  • “The 64-year old marshal slipped badly on wet grass breaking her fibula and tibia in right leg in searching for an errant dive off the 11th tee by Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.”
  • “Play on the hole was delayed for close to 30-minutes and with four groups banking-up on the tee  as medical crews treated the woman’s injuries before an ambulance arrived at the clubhouse to convey her to a local hospital.”
Get well!
9. For your listening pleasure…
Johnny Wunder talked to reigning Western Amateur champion, all-around amateur standout, and incoming Texas freshman, about equipment and a host of other subjects.

Listen here.

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Michelle Wie undergoes successful hand surgery, to miss rest of 2018

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Michelle Wie was far from her best at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, finishing on a total of eight-over par, which was only good enough for a T66 finish. It was Wie’s first appearance since her withdrawal from the British Open back in August, and today Wie detailed how she has been suffering from an avulsion fracture, bone spurring and nerve entrapment in her right hand since competing at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.

Here’s to a quick recovery.

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