Round 3 British Open best bets: Our top futures wagers

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Day 2 of “Operation No Sleep” went pretty well. I have an outright ticket on Dustin Johnson, so I was wanting to see him complete his second round (which began just after midnight Pacific Time). The last shot I remember was his approach on 17, The Road Hole, around 4:45 a.m. Next thing I know, a crew we hired to do some work around the house, knocked on my front door at 8:00 a.m. I remember thinking before I dozed off, "how is it possible that Mitch & Pauly have already been on-air for nearly an hour?"

DJ ended up shooting a 67 on Friday to get to 9-under par for the championship. He is four shots off the lead and alone in fifth place, halfway through the 150th edition of the British Open.

I noted in this column on Thursday that I thought Cameron Smith had a great chance to win his first-ever major championship after a first-round 67. He took another step toward accomplishing that feat with a round of 64 on Friday to take sole possession of the lead after 36 holes at 13-under par.

Rory McIlroy continues to dazzle, making birdie on The Road Hole at St. Andrews for the first time in his career, and firing a 4-under par 68. He's tied for third, three shots behind Smith.

Coming into the week, much was said about how The Old Course is the easiest of all tests on the British Open rotation. Tiger won here with a score of 19-under in 2000. He won at -14 in 2005. Louis Oosthuizen got his hands on the Claret Jug in 2010 with a score of 16-under par at The Old Course and Zach Johnson was the champion golfer of the year at St. Andrews in 2015 with a winning score of -15.

Here we are, halfway through the 2022 major and Cam Smith is already at -13. Would I like to see the wind kick up and this get more difficult? Probably, but look at the leaderboard we have. No matter what, the cream is rising to the top and we are seeing the best in the world do what they do. The score is a bit irrelevant in this sense when we have seven of the top 13 players on the leaderboard, all ranked inside the Top 20 in the world. I have bets on players that are in contention, but aside from that it looks like we are in for one heck of weekend's worth of theater.

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