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Fleetwood in Top 5 frame for Portrush

Fleetwood in Top 5 frame for Portrush

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The Open finally gets underway on Thursday at Royal Portrush with the world’s top players battling for the final major of the year. But away from the outright winner market, who offers value when looking for those who could finish in the Top 10 and Top 5?

Rory McIlroy is the local hero and unsurprisingly the outright favourite at 8/1, while serial major winner Brooks Koepka (10/1), Jon Rahm (14/1) and Dustin Johnson (16/1) are next on the main list.

These four will all naturally also be short prices to secure Top 5 and Top 10 places so it’s further down the field where the value might lie.

Tommy Fleetwood – Top 5 Finish @ 23/4

Fleetwood has, by his own admission, had a quiet year so far which has checked his previous rapid progress although his recent T23rd at the Irish Open was promising. Before virtually every major since 2017, the Southport star has been tipped to claim one of golf’s biggest prizes and it would be no surprise to see him challenging in Northern Ireland. Fleetwood was T27th at home at Royal Birkdale two years ago and then shared 12th place last year at Carnoustie. Making the jump into the Top 5 will be a challenge but it’s one the 28-year-old can rise to.

Bernd Wiesberger – Top 5 Finish @ 21/2

In-form Austrian Wiesberger seems a sensible suggestion for a Top 5 place at Portrush after his victory in the Scottish Open last week. His best display in The Open is a T64th back in 2013 but he will have high hopes of significantly improving upon that showing. Winning the week before a major doesn’t always automatically translate into success when it really matters, but his form is red hot having also won the Made in Denmark title at the end of May, while he was joint-second in the Irish Open at the start of the month.

Louis Oosthuizen – Top 10 Finish @ 17/4

Oosthuizen has a previous Open triumph to his name when he won at St Andrew’s in 2010 and ended T28th last year even though he never really looked like a serious contender. However, he remains a consistent performer, winning his home South African Open in December, and has three Top 10 finishes under his belt so far this year, including T7th at the US Open.

Russel Knox – Top 10 Finish @ 15/1

Knox has never had much joy in The Open with his best display being a T30th finish in 2016 at Royal Troon and he’s failed to contend much this year, with his best performance a T31 at the Irish Open.

It will take a big improvement from the Scot to claim a Top 10 finish but if he replicates his form from 12 months ago he has a chance. Knox finished tied for 12th place in the 2018 US Open, his best finish in a major, before ending as joint runner-up in the France Open. He rounded off that sequence by winning the Irish Open at Ballyliffin to demonstrate his links prowess again.

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Aidan Perkins Aidan is another person with a wealth of journalistic experience behind him, both written and broadcasting. He has played football to a good level and that gives him an extra insight into the reason for selections at both domestic and European matches.

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