We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of the fourth and final major of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season: The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England. And that means there’s less than 24 hours to lock in picks to win the whole thing. Fortunately, Paige Spiranac is here to help.
In a feature for PointsBet Sportsbook, the former LPGA star said she weighed picking Jon Rahm to win before settling on Justin Thomas to win. Spiranac said she likes the odds on Thomas. She also believes Ian Poulter will finish in the top-10.
“…I wanted to go with Jon Rahm, odds-on-great, because everyone is loving him this week (for good reason),” Spiranac said. “But I’m going to go with Justin Thomas at +2000, and my top-10 is Ian Poulter at +575.”
Thomas winning The Open Championship would certainly be a surprise. He’s never finished higher than 11th (2019) in The Open in four previous runs. He finished tied for 53rd in his 2016 Open debut and was cut in 2017 and 2018.
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) July 14, 2021
Justin Thomas has been having a solid 2021 so far. He won The Players Championship in March, edging out Lee Westwood by one stroke for his 14th PGA Tour win.
In the majors, he finished tied for 21st at The Masters, only to be cut from the PGA Championship. But he made up for it with a t-19th place finish at the U.S. Open last month.
As for Ian Poulter, the 45-year-old Englishman has had a strong year at the majors, making the cut in all three of the previous ones for the first time in several years. He’s historically been at his best at The Open, finishing in the top-10 three times.
But his last top-10 finish at The Open Championship was all the way back in 2013. He hasn’t finished top-10 in any major since the 2015 Masters.
Do you agree with Paige Spiranac on either of her two Open Championship picks?