Most of the best golfers in the world are going to assemble at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in jolly old England for the 2011 Open Championship! Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got all of your best British Open picks covered!
The man of the hour at Royal St. George’s would have been Tiger Woods had he shown up. Instead, golf betting enthusiasts are going to have to live without the oft-injured American superstar. Tiger withdrew from the TPC at Sawgrass two months ago and hasn’t been on the course since, and odds have it, his Achilles and knee injuries are likely to keep him sidelined for the rest of the year.
The defending champion of this event is Louis Oosthuizen (+7000), who man think may even have a hard time making the cut this year. Oosthuizen was a complete shocker out of nowhere last year, virtually leading wire to wire at St. Andrews and finishing with a -16 score. If there is anything like that in the cards at Royal St. George’s, Oosthuizen really could be in for a treat once again this year at some tremendous Open Championship odds.
The only man that led at the end of a round last year outside of Oosthuizen is arguably the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy (+550). McIlroy is the decided favorite of this event, and he probably would have been even had Tiger been healthy. Not only was his play last year at the British Open superb to the point that he finished in a tie for third place, but he also already has a major championship under his belt this year from the US Open. The Northern Ireland native also played well at the Masters and arguably should have taken that event, making it awfully difficult to bet against him on the odds to win the Open Championship.
Another Irish born golfer that hopes to make a big splash here once again this year is Padraig Harrington (+3500). Harrington won the Open Championship back to back seasons, doing so in 2007 at Carnoustie Golf Links and in 2008 at Royal Birkdale. Since that point, we really haven’t seen a lot out of the Irishman, but when push comes to shove, we know that he will be a part of the festivities this year as long as he keeps his head on straight as well.
England hasn’t had a winner of this event since Nick Faldo did it in 1992, his third British Open crown. Before that, you have to go all the way back to 1969. Now, England really has a pair in Lee Westwood (+900) and Paul Casey (+5000). Both of these men finished in the Top 5 last year, but obviously, neither were anywhere near where Oosthuizen ended up at -16. Still, both are looking for their first big time splashes in major tournaments, and this could be the day for either one of them to really shine.
There are a number of other popular golfers that will be taking the links with a shot at glory this year at the British Open. Other notables include Luke Donald (+1000), Graeme McDowell (+1800), Martin Kaymer (+2000), Sergio Garcia (+2500), Nick Watney (+2500), and Phil Mickelson (+3000). Last week’s winner at the John Deere Classic, Steve Stricker (+2000) is also considered a hot commodity in this field.
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