The 141st Open Championship Betting Preview and Predictions
This week marks the start of professional golf’s third Major of the season; the Open Championship which is more commonly referred to as the British Open. This year’s event takes place at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes GC in Lancashire, England. It is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, July 19 with first-round play and conclude on Sunday, July 22 with the fourth and final round.
The following is a brief look at some of the top contenders as well our top longshot for this year’s tournament along with their current odds to win as provided by BetDSI.
Tiger Woods 8/1
The three-time Open Champion has been opened as the odds-on-favorite to add a fourth Claret Jug to his collection, but it is hard to know what to expect from Woods this week. He clearly has the form to win this tournament with three victories this season on the PGA Tour, but it has been all or nothing with him in the first two Majors. In last month’s US Open he electrified the crowd with an opening-round 69 and second-round 70, but quickly faded from contention to finish 21st. Another concern is the fact that he has only played in the Open Championship three times since last winning this tournament in 2006 with a missed cut in 2009 and a 23rd-place finish in 2010.
Lee Westwood 14/1
Every time a Major rolls around both Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are always a top-five favorite despite the fact that neither of these golfers have ever won a major title. Westwood has come close in recent years in this tournament with a third-place finish in 2009 and a second-place finish in 2010, but he missed the cut last year. This season, he has five top-five finishes in eight events but has yet to win. He ended-up third in the Masters in early April and finished 10th in the US Open so the current form is there, but until he actually does break through with a win in a major, you have to still question the value in these lofty odds.
Luke Donald 14/1
Much like Westwood, Donald has had some recent success in the Open Championship with a fifth-place finish in 2009 and an 11th-place finish in 2010, but he also missed the cut last year. His performance so far in this year’s majors drains some of the value from his odds with a 32nd-place finish at Augusta and a missed-cut in the US Open. He did finish sixth in the Players Championship, which is considered the sixth Major by some, but his overall form this season does not enhance his standing as one of the top three favorites to win this week.
Rory McIlroy 16/1
McIlroy has been relatively quiet since exploding onto the scene with a dominating victory in the 2010 US Open. He finished 40th in the Masters and missed the cut in the US Open this season, but does have a victory under his belt in 2011 with a win in the Honda Classic. You know that the young phenom has the game to win this tournament but at the age of just 23 you have to question if he has the experience. This will be McIlroy’s fifth Open Championship with his best finish coming in 2010 when he ended-up third.
Louis Oosthuizen 35/1
The first thing that stands out about Oosthuizen this week is the simple fact that he has already won this championship in impressive fashion with a seven-stroke victory on the Old Course at St. Andrew’s in 2010. The second reason we really like his chances this week is his proven ability to handle the pressure a Major brings. He nearly won this year’s Masters had it not been for a miracle shot by Bubba Watson in a playoff. The 29-year old South African’s current form leaves a bit to be desired with a missed cut in the Memorial followed by one in the US Open, but his game may be better suited for the demands of a Open Championship course such as Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
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