Should You Bet On Jordan Spieth To Defend His Open Title?

With the 147th incarnation of the The Open Championship getting underway this week you can bet on Jordan Spieth to battle hard to retain the Claret Jug at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, but with a full field including the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose lining up for this the third major of the year just who will take home this coveted prize on the weekend? We take a look at all the odds on one of golf's cornerstones.

  • Should you bet on Jordan Spieth to retain his Open Championship title?
  • Will the Carnoustie course fox the 12/1 shot Dustin Johnson?
  • Can Tiger Woods beat those 25/1 odds to win the British Open in 2018?
  • Do Mcllroy and Rose have an advantage on home nation’s turf?

Last time out he scored a 268 at Royal Birkdale romping home three shots ahead of Matt Kuchar in a wire-to-wire win you can bet that Jordan Spieth wants to repeat, but on a very different course and some inclement weather on the horizon can the young American successfully defend his title against this hugely experienced and talented field? After all the Open Championship tends to produce surprises and with gusting winds this will be anything but a breeze, which, of course, it was never meant to be.

Back in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club the first Open had a field of eight and was won by Willie Park Snr who came home two strokes ahead of Old Tom Morris whose own son, Young Tom Morris, won the Open first at the tender age of 17 and then won three more on the trot from 1868-1872 (you’ll recall there was no Open held in 1871). Now you can bet on Jordan Spieth wanting to repeat that feat however if you’re going to bet on sports in the UK this week, the odds at Bet365 aren’t on his side.

Can The Defending Champion Retain His Title At Carnoustie?

Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington by Keith Allison

Defending your Open title is something few manage once, let alone for three years running, the last player to do so was Padraig Harrington who won his first at Carnoustie and defending it the following year at Royal Birkdale, and who is to say you shouldn’t bet on Jordan Spieth to do the same just the other way round? Tom Watson managed it back in the 1980s, and Tiger Woods famously achieved the same in 2006, so it IS possible, but does that really mean you should back the young American?

Well the bookies like Bet365 are not being entirely generous with their odds on him successfully defending his title this year, although at 20/1 he’s still ahead of Brooks Koepka at 22/1, the same odds as Tommy Fleetwood is getting, and Tiger Woods who has to share 25/1 odds with Justin Thomas barely in front of Sergio Garcia and Alex Noren who manage but 28/1. But if you’re going to take advantage of UK gambling laws to bet on Jordan Spieth remember Jon Rahm is also a 20/1 shot.

Bet On Jordan Spieth In The Open At Bet365 Today

Open Championship Odds

  • Alex Noren – 28/1
  • Sergio Garcia – 28/1
  • Justin Thomas – 25/1
  • Tiger Woods – 25/1
  • Brooks Koepka – 22/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood – 22/1
  • Jordan Spieth – 20/1
  • Jon Rahm – 20/1
  • Rory Mcllroy – 18/1
  • Rickie Fowler – 18/1
  • Justin Rose – 16/1
  • Dustin Johnson – 12/1

Perhaps worse news for the American is Rory Mcllroy and Ricky Fowler are given a better chance of winning the Open Championship this year garnering 18/1 at sites like Bet365 and, if we’re honest about it, either one is a slightly more tempting wager, with the former having done it before in 2014 and the latter due to win it sometime. Is this Fowler’s year? Well not if Justin Rose can help it and at 16/1 it could be argued he’s a better option than a bet on Jordan Spieth, but even so he’s still not the favorite.

Sat the top of the odds on this years Open Championship is Dustin Johnson who gets a creditable 12/1 from bookies like Bet365 to win his first title, although often failing to live up to his promise he was player of the year in 2016 on the PGA and he’s been tipped so many times it’s bound to come off sooner or later, will it be at Carnoustie? Those in the UK gambling news headlines on Monday will be of him having won should back him to do so, but the rest of us might want to bet on Jordan Spieth surprising all.

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