All eyes will be on The Open Championship this week at The Old Course at St Andrews Links in St Andrews, Scotland, and here are three bold predictions ahead of the storied event.
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Patrick Cantlay Wins First Major
The best current odds available for Cantlay to win The Open are +2600 at FanDuel Sportsbook, so he’s far from a longshot.
However, the reigning FedEx Cup champion has topped out at a T-12 finish in The Open, and he’s never played a PGA Tour round at The Old Course.
The 30-year-old American is in the midst of another solid season with a win in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and eight other top-10 showings. Cantlay has also made the cut in 13 of 15 events he’s played.
He ranks eighth in scoring average on tour this season, too.
Further encouraging is his strong showing at the Genesis Scottish Open. He fired a final-round 67 to finish tied for fourth — his fourth consecutive top-15 result.
The seven-time tour winner only has a major championship left on his to-do list, and this is the week for Cantlay to cross it off.
Stewart Cink Posts Top-10 Finish
The 2009 Open Champion had a career resurgence last season with victories at the Safeway Open and the RBC Heritage.
Cink hasn’t had a standout 2021-22 campaign with just a pair of top-10 finishes, but he found some form in the final round of the Genesis Scottish Open with a three-under 67 to land in a tie for 24th place.
This will also be his fifth trek around The Old Course, and he had his best professional finish at the venue in the 2015 Open Championship with a 20th-place result.
Cink’s experience and course knowledge will be rewarded this week at St Andrews, and he’s +1600 at DraftKings Sportsbook to post a top-10 result.
Jordan Spieth Misses Cut
Considering Spieth is as low as +1500 at FanDuel to win the entire event, and he won The Open Championship in 2017, it would be an incredible disappointment if Spieth didn’t play the weekend at The Old Course.
He showed well the last time The Open was held at The Old Course with a fourth-place finish in 2015, too.
Still, Spieth hasn’t shined under the spotlight in majors this season. He missed the cut at The Masters and followed with T-34 and T-37 showings at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open, respectively.
Additionally, his T-10 finish at the Genesis Scottish Open was a little deceiving. Spieth had a chance to win the event but crumbled on the back nine with a plus-three 38 that included two birdies.
Once the betting markets open for making/missing the cut at sportsbooks, Spieth is going to have a juicy number available.