This years 3rd major see’s us teeing off at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on Thursday morning with Barry Lane and James Driscoll firing the first shots at 06.19AM. The Open Championship or also known as the British Open or just The Open has been played since 1860, which makes it the oldest major of the four to be played. This years Open will arguably be the hardest in years as the rough is at its highest due to the adverse weather the British shores has had. tiger has already started it as being brutal and you must keep the ball in play at all times. We could be looking at recored balls being lost.
With the course being a par of 70 and being just over 7,000 yards long distance is not a factor, but you need to be straight or you are dead.
This years championship has a prize fund of £5,000,000 with £900,000 going to the winner. Compare this with the last winner at Royal Lytham David Duval back in 2001 who picked up a third less at £600,000. With a winning score of 274 (-10) it is highly unlikely we will get close to that score this year.
The current defending Open champion is Darren Clarke who needs to put behind him a disappointing year to prevail again.
Paddy Power are the top book makers with there special 7 places for the Open Championship, all the others are going 6 places only. Bear that in mind when placing your bets. That extra place can make all the difference don’t miss out. You can open an account with Paddy Power below.
Players To Follow
A few players to look at in the outright betting for the Open who could net a nice return are as follows. It is so open this year that all bets are advised at minimum stakes and just enjoy the thrill of the British Open. The following four players are in hot form and are amongst the straightest drivers out there which is essential round Royal Lytham.
Padraig Harrington at 18/1 at Paddy Power Open Account Here
Franceso Molinari 40/1 at Paddy Power Open Account Here
Zach Johnson 80/1 at Ladbrokes Open Account Here
Davis Love 150/1 at Paddy Power Open Account Here
Latest Betting Odds At Paddy Power
Tiger Woods 9/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Padraig Harrington 18/1
Luke Donald 20/1
Rory Mcilroy 20/1
Phil Mickleson 28/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Graeme Mcdowell 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Rickie Fowler 35/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Jason Dufner 40/1
Ernie Els 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 45/1
Matt Kuchar 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Dustin Johnson 50/1