The Open Championship just saw a longshot clinch Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool. Brian Harman was not exactly the favorite to win the 151st Open Championship, considering he was running a little dry since 2017. However, the first 5-shot lead put him in the winning place. If reports are to be believed, then pre-tournament favorites mostly included Scottie Scheffler, Rory Mcllory, and Brooks Koepka.
Reports also claim that several sportsbooks had Brian on 100/1, with the number mostly touching 150/1 by Thursday. BetMGM has shed more light on the matter, stating that Harman was responsible for 0.7% of the money wagered and 0.9% book’s tickets.
Things were not exactly coming up with a positive outcome in everyone’s minds. It was a lot about holding onto his nerve. Brian Harman had nothing to lose but a lot to gain. Jon Rahm was six back, and yet he moved up to disrupt the entire leaderboard. He put up 63 at the venue. The third-ranked Golfer became an overnight leader.
He was closely followed by Cameron Young.
Young is credited with being Golfer of the Year in 2022. The Sunday Round of 66 saw him sitting relaxed at just five back. Brian Harman had one day to cover up the win, which he did. His judgment or mindset could have become distracted amid the rising noise supporting others more than him. What makes this evident is the size of the bet that was placed at the best golf betting sites. The size was less than $10 for the main objective of betting the most reasonable amount on him.
It was only after Thursday’s opening round that began moving up the ladder. The opening round was -4 later, with a -6 round of 65. Bets poured in, and those who had confidence in Harman went home with a good return on their gambling money. In fact, those who had more faith in Scottie, Rory, and Brooks helped platforms retain the fund that was put on the table at the time of sports betting.
Saturday’s round concluded to take the hit down to -225 with an implied odds of 69%. Assuming a bet of $100 was on the table, that would just net to $44.44 against the $125 had it been on the line of +125. Padraig Harrington, the 2-time Open Championship winner, said about Brian that almost every day he goes out to play, he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Padraig also said that a lot of questions revolve around if he is going to stick to the lead or not.
Brian Harman was at the lowest in the ranks of favorites because his last victory came in June 2017 at the Wells Fargo Championship. He went on to compete in the 167 tournaments but landed no victory to his name. The only thing to stand out was his 29 top-ten finishes.