146th Open Championship Betting Tips
Like Christmas, the wait is almost excruciating, but fortunately the waiting is now over! Yes, it’s go time for our 146th Open Championship betting tips! Royal Birkdale sees a welcome return to a properly challenging links course. It may be beautiful (probably the prettiest on the rota) but it is going to be a beast!
When the Open was last played here in 2008, Padraig Harrington prevailed on +3 with the top 10 including a +12 score! It’s not a long golf course, and given the nature of the game these days there won’t be a lot of drivers being hit.
Last time the Open was here, the top 10 didn’t include too many big hitters and was populated by quite a bit of experience. This isn’t a venue for a young first-time winner! One of the facts being peddled is that the last 6 winners of The Open have played the Scottish Open the week before. While this preparation is undoubtedly important, we’re not putting everything on this given that this course is just so different to the test on offer at Dundonald.
To our 146th Open Championship tips:
Sergio Garcia 20/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £270
We had Sergio primed for this venue even before he broke his major duck at The Masters. He will be heavily backed for good reason. This is the major that everyone expected him to win first and he has had so many near misses too. Countless times he’s come close – because his game is so suited to it. If I could pick one player only, Sergio would be the man. I could go on but there is no point in explaining the plethora of reasons that Sergio is so fancied for this week. He’s going to do the “O’Meara!”
Justin Rose 22/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £295
Rose doesn’t have bad weeks, does he? He’s right up there in terms of ball-striking, he’s knocking on the door every week and he has some pretty good memories, doesn’t he? On a course where position is going to be crucial and this guy does that better than most.
Marc Leishman 50/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £645
In recent years Open Champions have won at least once in the season before The Open. Leishman won in tough conditions against a stellar field at Bay Hill and brings in a decent Open record. Having narrowly missed out at St Andrews, “Leish” will feel that he has the game to compete. He drives well on tough courses and to be honest, I have adopted him as a staple major bet!
Padraig Harrington 66/1 – Stake £10 e/w Potential return £845
The only reason I nearly didn’t back him is because his odds came down so much last week. He’s been on the radar for several weeks and would have been in the clan even if he hadn’t gone close last week. Yes, his swing is quirky. It may be 9 years since he won here, but he is trending perfectly. This course will require experience to conquer it and there aren’t many more in the field to win more Opens than Paddy.
Ian Poulter 80/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £510
The pantomime villain returns! It looked like Poulter was done this time last year, but in recent weeks he has emerged as a genuine contender. Having earned his place at final qualifying, Poulter will relish a return to the venue that he claimed a 2nd place in 2008. He’s the short-hitting “old-timer” that could get amongst the young athletic upstarts. He will relish the challenge and in particular proving people wrong. Recent weeks have seen some competitive performances and with this confidence he will no doubt enjoy performing on the biggest stage once again.
Ryan Fox 200/1 – Stake £5 e/w Potential return £1260
He may never be as famous as his father, but he did us proud last week in Scotland. His odds are just too tasty to ignore having already recorded a top 10 in The Open. Big-hitters may not necessarily be among the favourites, but this man has game and I reckon that he is a great each-way punt!