Golf, The Open 2017, Betting Preview
The 3rd major of the year gets going at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England on Thursday and Dustin Johnson tops the betting boards.
Royal Birkdale is a par 70 layout and as is the case with Links courses it toughens up considerably when the wind blows. The course is generally considered to be hard but fair and there are plenty of bunkers to catch errant shots. A good all round game is required to win and it is the sort of course where the cream usually rises to the top.
As you would expect for a major we have a quality field lining up and with no completely dominant golfer at the moment the betting has a very open look to it.
Past Winners (at different courses)
2016 – Henrik Stenson -20
2015 – Zach Johnson -15*
2014 – Rory McIlroy -17
2013 – Phil Mickelson -3
2012 – Ernie Els -7
D Johnson 14/1
22/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but subject to change
Sergio Garcia at 18/1 – each way*
Garcia won the Masters to get the “monkey off his back” and while he never quite fired in the US Open I expect him to go well in a tournament where his worst finish in the last 3 years has been 6th.
Hendrik Stenson at 28/1 – each way
The defending champion has been playing solid if not spectacular golf and he warmed up for this tournament with a promising 26th place finish in Scotland last week. He has proven himself many times on links layouts and even has course form with a top 3 when Harrington defended his title in 2008.
Alex Noren at 45/1 – each way
He was disappointing last week when missing the cut in Scotland where he was the defending champion. Aside from a top 10 in 2012 his Open form is not much to write home about but there is no doubt he has the game for this course.
Andy Sullivan at 80/1 – each way
He was T12 last year in the Open and that came on the back of a top 30 the year before on debut.His form in recent weeks has been encouraging with a top 20, a top 15 and then a top 10 in Scotland last week.
*World Sports Betting are offering 1/4 odds, top 6 place
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