The last time Pundit Arena gave you some outside bets for golf, we tipped Danny Willett at 66/1 at The Masters. Here’s who we’re backing for triumph at Troon.
Henrik Stenson – 30/1
Not so much an outside bet, Stenson is being priced at a quite generous 30/1.
Although the Swede hasn’t been playing too many tournaments of late and has missed the cut in his last 3 outings, his stats on The European Tour are scary. Leading the tour with driving accuracy, which is crucial on links courses, he also has the best strokes average and 3rd on greens in regulation.
One of the best players to never win a major, Stenson was oh so close in 2013 to lifting The Claret Jug but was bested by Phil Mickelson’s dazzling final round. Maybe he could finally capture that coveted major this weekend.
Patrick Reed – 60/1
One of the four Olympians for the U.S. this summer, Patrick Reed is one of the most talented golfers on The PGA Tour. Ranked no 13 in the world, Reed is currently at 60/1 but his form this year suggests that he should be much lower.
The 25 year old has nine top 10’s this year, more than any other player (besides the imperious Dustin Johnson) and lies 8th in the Fed Ex Cup rankings. Although his individual statistics don’t make for good reading with poor driving accuracy and greens in regulation there is a reason Reed places so high in the world rankings, he has something a little bit special about him and after a solid 20th place last year in The British Open he could be looking at a drastic improvement if he plays at his best.
Francesco Molinari – 100/1
Francesco Molinari has never quite struck success in the majors, he may have had some great performances with The European Ryder Cup team, but Italy’s best hope at a major has never delivered.
Molinari has three top 10s this year but has also missed three cuts, however, one of those strong finishes was in The Players Championship with a 7th place performance. Molinari boasts the 2nd best driving accuracy on The European Tour and also has the best overall putting stats in Europe, making him dangerous if he can be in contention on Sunday.
Scott Piercy – 100/1
Scott Piercy is in the form of his life right now, finishing 2nd to Dustin Johnson in both the US Open and WGC-Bridgestone. The American may not have much major experience, not least at The British Open, but with the form that he is in, it’s hard to write him off, especially with his solid greens in regulation stats which could prove crucial on the links.
Colt Knost – 250/1
Possibly the best value 250/1 you will ever find is Colt Knost.
Ranked 40th in the world, Knost was playing on the Web.com tour just a few short years ago. Knost has been in good form this year with three top 10’s and is going through a purple patch at the moment coming 3rd in his last outing.
Knost has shown that he can do it at big tournaments too with a top-5 finish at The Players this year. Knost boasts a decent scoring average and his putting stats are very respectable but his driving accuracy is the best on the whole PGA Tour. Better than Jordan Spieth, better than Matt Kuchar, better than Graeme MacDowell, all revered drivers of a golf ball. This could be the most important statistic at the weekend with Troon’s rough proving very unforgiving.