The British Open is less than a month away and some of the biggest names are just two weeks removed from missing the cut at the last major. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are all heavyweights when it comes to wagering on the third major at Royal Birkdale. None of them played the weekend at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
While there are other favorites to win the British Open, such as Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia, one name that stands out to me that isn’t very high on those lists is Tommy Fleetwood. He’s a serious underdog on most lines (+3300), but I believe he can make a splash in this tournament at minimum. Sure, stumbling across this review of Bovada and taking advantage of his underdog value may be swaying me a little, but even without it, I honestly think Fleetwood has a shot.
Now yes, Fleetwood finally won his second tournament at the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. But in that tournament he beat out a red hot Dustin Johnson. And Fleetwood’s solid play is continuing as he’s coming off of a top ten finish at the U.S. Open as he finished 4th.
However, his recent solid play isn’t why I’m slating him as a favorite in this contest, but it’s because he has a home-town advantage. When Fleetwood was a kid he used to sneak on the Birkdale to hit a few shots.
“My dad walks the dog past there every day and when I was seven or eight we used to sneak on and hit a few shots when nobody was looking,” Fleetwood said in an interview with the Telegraph. “You simply cannot get a tournament closer to home, and on top of that it’s the Open.”
“Yeah, it’ll be special. A year ago I was not even in a position to think about it and, to be honest, I do get nervous thinking about it now. But, of course, it’ll be nice to go there in form and having contended in a major for the first time.”
In September, Fleetwood ranked 188th in the world but in the most recent rankings, he’s up to 21st and doesn’t plan on calming down anytime soon. Fleetwood has the hot hand and the home course advantage, two important pieces to what would make a perfect storybook ending. An ending of Fleetwood being crowned as the 2017 British Open Champion.