Odds on the virgin as Paddy predicts another first-time Major winner

All the signs point to a newbie lifting the Claret Jug on Sunday…


Ahead of The Open teeing off on Thursday, Paddy Power are predicting another first-time winner at 4/6 after the last seven Majors were won by maiden champions.

Rickie Fowler (14/1) is the leading candidate who fits that bill – he is the same price as 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose, and just behind two-time Major champ Jordan Spieth (12/1) in the betting.

We’ve also priced up a series of novelties for the Championship, including struggling Irishman Rory McIlroy to miss the cut (11/4).

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After a spectator’s phone was smashed by a six during the cricket last week, it’s 10/1 that the same happen with a drive at The Open; Donald Trump is 14/1 to make an appearance; and Andrew ‘Beefy’ Johnston is 25/1 to arrive clean-shaven.

Nearly namesake Dustin Johnson will want to avoid any nasty slips this week, after a fall down the stairs ruled him out of the Masters in April – and we’re 66/1 that DJ installs a stair-lift in his hotel.

While Sergio Garcia, who capitalised on that accident to claim his first Major success, will get married after The Open – and his fiancée Angela Akins is 500/1 to appear at the final green in her wedding dress.

Asked his thoughts ahead of the Major tournament spokesman Paddy Power said: “Could there be yet another Major surprise at a golfing showpiece – and this time have a predictable winner?

“But, with Rory out of form, and a cluster of similarly-matched stars, DJ’s not the only one having back issues.”

The Open specials

4/6        First time Major winner
4/5        To be a hole in one
11/4       McIlroy to miss the cut
3/1         To be a play-off
10/1       A player’s drive to smash a spectator’s phone
14/1       Donald Trump to make an appearance
25/1       Beefy to turn up without a beard
40/1       Stenson / Spieth to win wire-to-wire
50/1       Mickelson to change caddy mid-tournament
66/1       Dustin Johnson to have a stair-lift fitted at his hotel
150/1     Amateur winner
500/1     Angela Akins to appear at the final green in her wedding dress

To win the Open

12/1       Jordan Spieth
14/1       Dustin Johnson
14/1       Rickie Fowler
18/1       Sergio Garcia
18/1       Justin Rose
18/1       Jon Rahm
20/1       Rory McIlroy

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* All prices correct at time of posting.

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