Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alex Noren
- We've seen mid-tier bets cash in the first two golf majors of the season: Patrick Reed at the Masters and Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open.
- Alex Noren, who's currently around 33-1, is a name to watch after his recent French Open victory.
As we enter the third major of the year, it’s a good time to take a look at how we’ve fared in the 2017-18 golf season. So far in this campaign, I’ve picked nine outright winners in my articles for The Action Network. We’ll try to keep it rolling with this week’s British Open at Carnoustie.
Players in the middle tier have been providing great value in majors this year.
First it was Patrick Reed donning the green jacket at +5000, then it was Brooks Koepka, who was +4000 a couple weeks before his U.S. Open victory, conquering Shinnecock.
The talent pool in golf is deep right now and while it’s easy to focus on the stars, literally dozens of guys are capable of taking the claret jug home this week.
I’ve targeted three guys who can master the difficult test at Carnoustie.
Alex Noren (odds to win: +3270)
Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alex Noren
Noren was a guy the golf world expected to break through early in the PGA Tour season, but he fell just short on multiple occasions and then fell off the radar. He’s back now though after winning the French Open on a difficult track two weeks ago.
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Noren is a good all-around player without many weaknesses in his game. He’s longer and more accurate off the tee than the tour average. He ranks 14th in strokes gained approach and ninth in putting. The only spot where Noren falls slightly below tour average is around the green, but if the irons are clicking, then there isn’t too much pressure placed in that area.