So who do you like to win the 2015 British Open? Are you going with Jordan Spieth, who continues his run at the Grand Slam, or perhaps you like Dustin Johnson to get some redemption after his meltdown at Chambers Bay?
It’s easy to pick the names at the top when you’re making an official selection. But let’s be honest, it doesn’t take a lot of guts. Isn’t it more fun to pick a guy who might be flying under the radar? That way, if he wins, you look like a genius.
Here’s five guys I’ve got my eye on to compete this week at St. Andrews. Just remember when one of them wins, you heard it hear first.
1. Louis Oosthhuizen: Current Odds: 18 to 1
I realize that 18 to 1 isn’t the longest of longshots, but Louis Oosthuizen isn’t a name you hear a lot when predictions start getting thrown around. Oosthuizen T2 at Chambers Bay last month, and he won The Open at St. Andrews back in 2010 – by seven strokes. Would it shock anyone if he won it again this week?
2. Paul Casey – Current Odds: 45 to 1
When Oosthuizen won on The Old Course back in 2010, it was Paul Casey who finished in a tie for third (69-69-67-75), and played with Oosthuizen on Sunday. The 37-year-old has had a remarkable season thus far. He’s forced playoffs at both the Northern Trust Open and Travelers Championship, complemented by four top-10 finishes, including a tie for sixth at the Masters and fifth at the WGC-Match Play.
“Walking up [the 18th hole] in the final group of any major is a special treat,” Casey said of 2010. “To be at St Andrews was something special. I really love this golf course. I think my golf game suits it very well.”
3. Brooks Koepka – Current Odds: 55 to 1
Every time I write an article on potential sleepers, Brooks Koepka always seems to be included. Here’s why I have him in here again. At last fall’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Koepka went 64-68 the final two rounds. That’s 12-under in case you’re wondering. Yes the 25-year-old has only played in two career British Opens, but I love everything about this kid’s game and expect him to breakout soon. Four top-10 finishes this year and a win at the Phoenix Open give me reason to hope.
4. Tommy Fleetwood – Current Odds: 80 to 1
Here’s all you need to know about British golfer Tommy Fleetwood. He’s 26-under par for his last 4 rounds at the Old Course (65, 67, 62, 68) and 42-under in his last 8 rounds.
5. Charl Schwartzel – Current Odds: 85 to 1
Charl Schwartzel may look a lot like Louis Oosthuizen, but at 85 to 1 odds you’ll get a heck of a lot better price if you’re in a gambling mood. Schwartzel finished T14 back at the 2010 Open on The Old Course. Even though the 2011 Masters Champion hasn’t won on tour since he captured his green jacket, Schwartzel has finished in the top 16 in four of the last five years here. Plus, he’s coming off a U.S. Open where he finished 7th at Chambers Bay.
Who is your sleeper pick?
I gave you my five sleepers, now I want to hear yours. Leave a comment below and give me a guy you think is flying too far under the radar. If you’re right I’ll make sure to give you a shout out!