With round one of the 2015 Open Championship complete, there are some familiar names at the top of the leaderboard.
Conditions were good as play got under way early and the players who finished one and two at the US Open, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were paired together. It was Johnson who came out on top this time however, finishing with a 65, seven under par and topping the leaderboard. Spieth started superbly but a couple of dropped shots on the back nine left him on five under for the tournament but still well in contention. As it stands, Johnson is 4/1 and Spieth is 5/1 to win the tournament with Ladbrokes.
If Johnson and Spieth were enjoying their golf, the same couldn’t be said for Tiger Woods. The three time Open champion was really out of sorts and will need to pull something dramatic out of the bag in the second round, in order to make the weekend. It’s not impossible but a good start will be crucial and Woods is 4/1 to make the cut with Betfair.
The weather closed in somewhat on Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon is set to be even worse. With a forecast of strong winds and rain, those getting off to an early start could once again be at an advantage. Step forward Zach Johnson. A fantastic 66 on Thursday, leaves Johnson T2 and six under par, a nice position from which to attack in his second round. Starting out at 8am, Johnson could be on the course during the nicest part of the day and has the opportunity to build on his score. Currently priced at 22/1 with Betway to win the tournament, it could be worth backing Johnson before the start of play.
Of course, as anyone who has been to Scotland will tell you, the weather is very changeable and the forecast could easily be different come Friday morning. However, the afternoon groups seem set to hit the worst of the wind and this could really mix things up. Dustin Johnson has been hitting the ball long so far but more control could be required and this would play in to the hands of Jordan Spieth. The Masters and US Open Winner is 11/8 with PaddyPower to come out on top in his threeball with Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.
There are a number of past Open winners in the field. One who really impressed in the Champions Golfers’ Challenge and took his form in to the first round, is Paul Lawrie. The Scot is currently T2 on six under par and available at 21/10 to finish the tournament as top former Winner.
Friday could be a really tough day on the Old Course and control and determination will key, for those aiming to challenge Dustin Johnson at the top of the leaderboard.
Zach Johnson to win 22/1 (Betway)
Paul Lawrie to finish top former Winner 21/10