PGA Tour Picks – The Open Championship Matchup Odds and Picks

PGA Tour Picks – The Open Championship Matchup Odds and Picks

You want matchups, the PGA Tour has matchups. With the world’s greatest golfers assembled in Northern Ireland this week for the 148th Open Championship, there is a bevy of matchup choices as the field goes for the fourth major title of the year and possession of the Claret Jug. Tiger Woods pegs it up for the first time since the U.S. Open and has plus odds in a number of his matchups. There is money to be made should the Big Cat rise to the occasion, like he tends to do in majors. This is a home game for Rory McIlroy, who opened as the betting favorite at offshore sportsbooks. Below is a sampling of some matchup odds with a full list available at

The Open Championship Matchup Odds at

Phil Mickelson +114 vs. Brandt Snedeker -144

Sergio Garcia +105 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello -135

Matthew Fitzpatrick -134 vs. Tony Finau +104

Phil Mickelson -103 vs. Alex Noren -127

Eddie Pepperell +111 vs. Tony Finau -141

Bubba Watson -115 vs. Joaquin Niemann -115

Chez Reavie -115 vs. Eddie Pepperell -115

Bryson Dechambeau -139 vs. Matt Wallace +109

Gary Woodland -113 vs. Ian Poulter -117

Henrik Stenson -116 vs. Rickie Fowler -114

Justin Thomas -185 vs. Jordan Spieth +146

Jordan Spieth +151 vs. Patrick Cantlay -191

Bryson Dechambeau -132 vs. Louis Oosthuizen +102

Tommy Fleetwood -141 vs. Rickie Fowler +111

Xander Schauffele -105 vs. Henrik Stenson -124

Webb Simpson -137 vs. Patrick Reed +107

Tommy Fleetwood -145 vs. Adam Scott +115

Xander Schauffele +116 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -146

Francesco Molinari -101 vs. Rickie Fowler -129

Hideki Matsuyama -108 vs. Matt Kuchar -122

Francesco Molinari +101 vs. Henrik Stenson -131

Tommy Fleetwood -137 vs. Henrik Stenson +107

Bernd Wiesberger -112 vs. Marc Leishman -118

Francesco Molinari -112 vs. Xander Schauffele -118

Jon Rahm -132 vs. Justin Rose +102

Dustin Johnson -137 vs. Tiger Woods +107

Brooks Koepka -118 vs. Justin Rose -112

Dustin Johnson -120 vs. Justin Rose -110

Brooks Koepka -133 vs. Tiger Woods +103

Rory McIlroy -166 vs. Dustin Johnson +132

Brooks Koepka -101 vs. Jon Rahm -129

Rory McIlroy -200 vs. Tiger Woods +158

Jon Rahm -127 vs. Dustin Johnson -103

Tiger Woods +102 vs. Justin Rose -132

Francesco Molinari +126 vs. Tommy Fleetwood -158

Xander Schauffele -108 vs. Rickie Fowler -122

Jordan Spieth +129 vs. Bryson Dechambeau -162

Jason Day -102 vs. Matt Kuchar -128

Rafael Cabrera Bello -140 vs. Tony Finau +110

Gary Woodland -185 vs. Graeme McDowell +146

Sergio Garcia -103 vs. Webb Simpson -127

Patrick Reed -125 vs. Lee Westwood -105

Need to Know

Like most of the golfers, I was just getting warmed up for The Open last week. I had a few near misses on my picks and ended with a 2-3 record from the Scottish Open. I did go with Bernd Wiesberger at +115 and not only did the Austrian cash in on the matchup he also won the tournament, which was another pick of mine. This week features 49 of the top-50 golfers according to the latest OWGR, and any one of them has the potential to win this event. Leveling the playing field is the Royal Portrush layout, which will host for the first time since 1951. It hasn’t been used a lot by the field, but it’s a typical links-style course situated on rolling terrain with undulating greens and deep bunkers. Located on the coast we’ll see gusty winds be a factor, which is how things go on the links.

The Open Championship Matchup Picks

Graeme McDowell +146 vs. Gary Woodland

The major hangover is still present in Woodland and for that reason I’m fading him. Actually, there are a few other reasons. McDowell is frolicking on home turf this week and he’s been a consistent visitor to Royal Portrush over the years. If anything he knows the course better than most if not all of the field, and that should be an advantage. He won’t deal with as many distractions as McIlroy, which should make the transition an easy one. And McDowell had a solid T16 in the 2012 Irish Open here. I think the home field edge will be enough to carry McDowell in this matchup.

Xander Schauffele -108 vs. Rickie Fowler

The X-man showed he can compete with the big boys. Now he just has to beat them. Schauffele has done plenty of damage in major championships finishing among the top-six in half of his 10 starts. He tied for runner-up honors last year at Carnoustie and in April at the Masters, and he was T3 at the U.S. Open in his most recent major start. Schauffele was T20 in his Open debut at Birkdale in 2017 and he’s a major champ waiting to happen.

Bernd Wiesberger -112 vs. Marc Leishman

It was just a matter of time before Wiesberger got back in form. Well, that time has come. He may well be the hottest golfer entering The Open with a T16, T2 and a victory at the Scottish Open in his last three starts. Any concerns over his play on links courses was wiped away with his runner-up at the Irish Open and were laid to rest after last week. The Austrian moved to the top of the Race to Dubai standings and is currently at No. 40 by OWGR.

Brooks Koepka -118 vs. Justin Rose

Wager at your own peril, but I’m not making the same mistake of fading Koepka in a major. He won the PGA Championship a few months ago for his fourth major championship in his last nine starts, and he was runner-up at the U.S. Open and Masters. He’s finished among the top-10 11 times in his last 20 majors with only three finishes outside the top-30. Toss in a caddie who’s more familiar with Royal Portrush than 90 percent of the field, and Koepka looks like a lock.

Phil Mickelson +114 vs. Brandt Snedeker

I’m tossing this one in as a bonus pick and a charity to Mickelson, who has been all over the place lately. Unhappy with his game and things in his personal life, Lefty did something about it. He went on a diet and lost upwards of 15 pounds. Mickelson will show off his svelte figure for the first time looking to gain some consistency since winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. If he can drop strokes like he did pounds, Lefty will be back in the saddle looking for a sixth major championship.

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