The Open Championship Betting Preview – 16th July
The third major championship of the years gets underway on Thursday, the Open Championship and it is arguably the best betting major of the season. Firstly, it is worth noting that Betfair Sportsbook are offering eight places each way, and SkyBet are offering seven. This is significant because there is usually five places on offer for a standard event, therefore ensure you have a Betfair and SkyBet account ahead of this event. With Rory McIlroy out injured and unable to defend his title, the world number two, Jordan Spieth is the bookies favourite and is closely followed by Dustin Johnson in the betting.
Past Winners and Winning Scores
2014 – Rory McIlroy -17
2013 – Phil Mickelson -3
2012 – Ernie Els -7
2011 – Darren Clarke -5
2010 – Louis Oosthuizen -16
The Course – St. Andrews
Course Yardage 7,305
St. Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and it hosts this year’s Open Championship for a 29th time. It last hosted the Open Championship in 2010 when Louis Oosthuizen shot -16 to win by seven shots. As is the case with all Open Championship venues, St. Andrews is a links golf course, therefore links form is crucial. And due to the wide fairways, driving distance is also advantageous in my opinion, therefore expect the longer drivers of the ball to be towards the front of the leaderboard on Sunday evening.
Dustin Johnson –It certainly won’t be long before Dustin Johnson wins his first major championship and hopefully, he’ll get his first major win over the line this week. The American’s most recent outing was in the U.S. Open, which was played around Chambers Bay, which happens to be a links golf course. He finished in second position, this suggesting his games in great shape and that he can win on a links course. Finally, Dustin is a nine time winner on the PGA Tour, thus suggesting that he is more than capable of taking home the trophy this week.
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Adam Scott –Adam Scott isn’t having his best season yet, but this has resulted in some juicy odds on the Australian. Like Dustin Johnson, Scott’s most recent start was in the U.S. Open and he finished in 4th position, therefore it’s clear that he’s playing some good golf again. Scott has an excellent record in the Open Championship, which is significant because the ability to play well on links courses is crucial. Scott has finished inside the top five in his last three starts in the Open, this indicating that he is capable of winning this event. Adam Scott already has one major win under his belt and a second won’t be far away due to his excellent golf swing.
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Martin Kaymer–My final selections for this year’s Open Championship is two time major winner, Martin Kaymer. The German had struggled for form in recent weeks, however he finished 4th in the Alstom Open de France recently, therefore his game is clearly back on track. Similar to my other selections, Kaymer has a good record on links golf courses, he finished 7th around this track in 2010 and 12th in 2011. It should also be noted that he won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship back in 2010, therefore he’s clearly a fan on links golf.
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