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Betting: The British Open

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Pamela Maldonado breaks down her three favorite bets ahead of The British Open.

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PAMELA MALDONADO: What's up, y'all? Pam Maldonado here to bring you a PGA betting preview for Yahoo Sportsbook. This is golf's final major of the year, the Open Championship at the Royal St. George's Golf Club in England. I'm going to be looking at recent form, good results at majors, and a mix of players who are either really great with their iron shots or really great with their short game.

One of those players is Jordan Spieth. His odds are +100 for a top 20 and +1800 to win. Spieth has played in three majors in 2021, and he has finished in the top 20 in two, and the other, he did unfortunately miss the cut. But he does have great history at the Open. In his last five Open starts, he has four top 10 finishes, including a win in 2017. And these greens, they are a mix of bent grass.

And looking at Spieth on his last three tournaments on bent grass surfaces, he has third, a ninth and a second place finish. Spieth also has a load of confidence coming into this tournament, because he has had himself a stellar 2021 season. In 14 tournaments played, he has just one missed cut. And the rest, he has 11 top 20s, eight top 10s and win at the Valero Texas Open. With his recent form, confidence coming into this tournament, and his abilities, Spieth definitely can contend at this course.

Another player that I like for the Open Championship is Brooks Koepka. His odds are -135 for a top 20, +160 for a top 10, and +1600 to win it all. Ignore the stats with Koepka, because he shows out for majors. In his last 10 major events, Koepka has seven top five finishes, two of which are wins, and three runner-ups. Koepka's strength is off the tee and his approach shot. He has six with his irons, both of which can really come in handy for this course. Further proof that Koepka is an auto buy, and I do mean auto buy. At every major with no regrets to the result, if you look at majors since 2017, Koepka has shot 84 under. The next closest behind him, Dustin Johnson at 23.

The third player that I like for the Open Championship is Rickie Fowler. This is a very specific bet. I'm looking to him to finish in the top 40 at +100 odds. He has had a really turbulent 2021 season. He's had a few missed cuts, but yet, he still has managed to finish 17th at the Valero Texas Open. He took eighth at the PGA Championship, and he took 32nd last week at the Rocket Mortgage. Plus, Fowler does have the motivation, because the Open is actually the last major that Fowler has qualification for. If he does have a good finish here at this tournament, that could put him back into good standing for next season.

Other players to consider for the Open Championship are Louis Oosthuizen, who always seems to be a bridesmaid and never a bride, as he does have three runner-up finishes in his last five tournaments. His odds are +124 a top 20 finish. Scottie Scheffler is also +160 for a top 20. What I like about Scheffler's game is he has a low ball flight, which could come in handy for these windy conditions in England. However, these are the three players that I do really like. You can find all of these betting options and more at Yahoo Sportsbook.