One of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments is around the corner. The 2015 British Open will be the 144th edition of the traditional event, taking place from 16-19 July 2015 at the Home of Golf, St. Andrews, in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, 50 miles north of Edinburgh city center. Golf’s oldest major is held on the Old Course every five years and returns in 2015 for the 29th time. The list of champions at the Home of Golf includes some of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf such as Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen, who hoisted the “Claret Jug” in 2010.
The Claret Jug, which is also referred to as the Golf Champion Trophy and has long held a mystical and celebratory quality, is awarded to each year’s winner of the tournament. Claret derives from the French term “clairet”, which is a dark rosi wine typical to Bordeaux. This style of silver jug was used to serve claret at 19th Century gatherings.
Odds for the favourites
The British Open will crown a new champion after Rory McIlroy announced that he won’t play in the tournament. The world’s No. 1 golfer and defending champion will miss The Open due to a ruptured ligament in his left ankle. It will be the first time in 61 years that the defending champion will not take part in the tournament.
The new favourite to win the Claret Jug for the first time is American professional golfer Jordan Spieth with winning odds of 7.00. The 21-year-old is currently ranked second in the world rankings and, despite his youth, he has won six tournaments so far in pretty impressive ways, including the 2013 John Deere Classic. But his biggest success came this year when he sealed his first major victory at the Masters and won the US Open. Spieth is the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors before his 22nd birthday and the sixth man to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam. So, it is quite possible that he can win the year’s third major tournament as well.
Dustin Johnson comes next on the list of favourites to win at St. Andrews with odds of 15.00. “DJ” is currently ranked fourth in the world rankings and is also well-known for his powerful, dynamic and accurate swing. He has won 11 tournaments in his career, including the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. He finished second at the 2015 US Open.
Tiger Woods is another promising candidate to lift the Claret Jug with interesting odds of 34.00. Tiger has won the tournament three times and is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
World’s number three golfer and 2014 Masters winner Bubba Watson is considered to be a dark horse with high odds of 40.00. So is Martin Kaymer from Duesseldorf, who won the U.S. Open last year and became the first German player ever to win this tournament. He has winning odds of 41.00.