The Open betting tips: Royal St George's

Jump on the quick train from Stratford and you can be in Deal in under an hour. It’s not a Urban Golf home Open, but it’s as close as it gets for us Londoners.

Like many golfers hailing from the southern side of the UK, we’ve looped around George’s, Cinque Ports and Princes many times, a stretch of golf that is right up there among the best on offer.

An Open at RSG requires a mix of skill, strategy and luck in order to score well. A lot also depends on how it blows over Old Blighty, with a mixture of precipitation often on the menu.

At the moment it looks like we could be blessed with sun and moderate winds, which will play into the hands of those travelling from fairer climes. Maybe we will be blessed with another Duel in the Sun – Lord knows we (the English) could do with some cheering up.

Long and straight is obviously a winning formula, but the emphasis falls on straight at RSG with penal rough swallowing balls that fail to miss the sloping fairways.

We keep backing him but Justin Thomas has to come good soon, and after a decent outing at the Scottish last week we think this could be his time. At 22/1 he’s worth a pop. Possessing one of the best swings on Tour, Thomas can move the needle when he drives well, which he could well do this week.

Of the English, Matt Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood stand out – we would be lumping on Fitzpatrick at 40/1. Steady, a superb putter, and coming off a T2 finish at the Scottish.

Fan fave Bob McIntyre will have grown up playing linksy courses, so you imagine his game will suit the layout. You can grab him at 80/1, which is well worth a punt.

Abraham Ancer is an outside bet at 66/1, thanks to his habit of splitting fairways. In imperious form (4, MC, 14, 8, 2, 5 in recent PGA Tour outings) he came an impressive 13th in the Masters but then missed the cut at the US Open. Worth a couple on an EW bet, perhaps.

Webb Simpson is also straight off the tee and is a cunning player, able to get his ball in the right spots at the opportune time. He missed the cut in his last 2 outings which is why he comes in at 70/1, but if he manages to find his swing this week he could find himself in the mix.

Happy hunting Urbanites. Let us know if we help win you some coin!

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