The British Open 2017 is not only a test for the best golfers in the world, it is a huge challenge for North American golf fans.
When Mark O’Meara, Chris Wood and Ryan Moore get British Open 2017 the tournament started by teeing off at 6:35 local time at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, it will be 1:35 a.m. ET.
Only the most avid golf fans will likely be up for the Golf Channel broadcast and willing to stay with it through the wee hours of the morning. However, those who do should see an excellent display at a golf tournament that regularly attracts the best players on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
The Golf Channel will broadcast the opening round from British Open 2017 1:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and it will do the same on Friday.
The Saturday broadcast schedule includes the Golf Channel taking the early shift from 4:30 a.m. until 7 a.m., with NBC taking over from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. After a 90-minute break, NBC will return to the British Open for wrap-up coverage from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The tournament concludes Sunday, with the Golf Channel British Open 2017 broadcasting from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m. and NBC taking over from 7 a.m. until the conclusion, which is likely to come around 2 p.m.
Golf fans can also live-stream the British Open via the tournament’s website.
Henrik Stenson won last year’s British Open, but American golfers (Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson) have won two of the last four Open titles, and American golfers are likely to play a key role in the British Open.
British Open Odds, (Courtesy of OddsShark)
Dustin Johnson, 10-1
Rory McIlroy, 10-1
Jordan Spieth, 11-1
Jason Day, 16-1
Sergio Garcia, 16-1
Jon Rahm, 16-1
Rickie Fowler, 18-1
Henrik Stenson, 20-1
Hideki Matsuyama, 20-1
Justin Rose, 20-1
Tommy Fleetwood, 20-1
Brooks Koepka, 28-1
Adam Scott, 28-1
American Dustin Johnson is one of the co-favorites in the British Open, along with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy at odds of +1000. A $100 wager on either of the favorites will return a profit of $1,000 for a winning finish.
Texan Jordan Spieth is right behind those two at odds of +1100.
Johnson and McIlroy have not been close to their top form of late. Johnson missed the cut in the Memorial Open and the U.S. Open last month, and it may be too much to ask him to make a legitimate run here.
McIlroy also missed the cut in the U.S. Open, and he followed that with a tie for 17th at the Travelers Championship. However, McIlroy has since missed the cut in his last two tournaments in Europe, and he has not shown much consistency in recent starts.
Spieth won the Travelers Championship in late June, and he had a second-place finish in the Dean & Deluca Invitational in late May. However, he was not at his best in the Memorial or the U.S. Open. He finished 13th and 35th, respectively, in those two tournaments.
The belief here is that this is Sergio Garcia’s year. He played a brilliant tournament in winning the Masters in April, and that got a huge weight off of his back. He threw away the label of the best player on the tour without a major, and he should be able to handle Royal Birkdale and remain in contention for four rounds.
Jon Rahm has had an excellent year and has made an impression as one of the tour’s top young players. He has shown he can handle pressure, but he may not be able to stay with the leaders on moving day.
Stenson is one of the best golfers in the world, and he often puts his talent on display in the biggest tournaments. The defending champion should have an excellent chance to win a second straight title.
However, look for Tommy Fleetwood to come through with more clutch shots than anyone else and win the Claret Jug that goes to the champion. Fleetwood is the top player on the European Tour, and he will hold off Garcia and Stenson to win the tournament.