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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Oh Oh Oh Open Golf

The year’s third major championship The Open begins Thursday at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England, and the course will be a huge challenge for all players where par saves could prove to be the recipe for success. This could lead to a very open event with the lead chopping and changing regularly. Rory McIlroy is rightly all the rage after his demolition job at the U.S Open, but this course should offer different challenges and not playing any competitive golf since his victory last month could prove to be a mistake. Without Tiger Woods in the field all of the media & viewing public will be focused on McIlroy and at the general odds on offer of around 7-1 his odds are a little too short. However Boylesports have gone to town on the markets offered for this tournament and are offering enhanced win only odds of 9/1 and at that price a small saver bet is sensible as if he turns up in the same form as when last seen he will be tough to beat.

The World Number One is England's own Luke Donald and he's bang in form having won the Scottish open at Castle View last week by four strokes showing he has the game to win on a links course against a competitive field including World Number 2 Lee Westwood. He is arguably the best putter and bunker player in the game and makes very few errors, this should give him a fantastic chance this week , he can be backed at a best price 12-1 with William Hill and this seems a fair price.

Charl Schwartzel is a man brimming with confidence after a stunning win at The U.S Masters sealed incredibly when he birdied the final four holes, this was followed up with a top ten finish at the U.S open proving he has the game to consistently compete in Major tournaments. His brilliant short game is a powerful weapon in the big events and seven European Tour wins to his name shows he's a great finisher too. Boylesports are offering each way pay outs on eight places, that makes backing each way with them a very attractive option, they offer Schwartzel at a juicy 50-1.

One last name to consider at a monumental price is Sean O'Hair available at 225-1 with Boylesports, a player who hasn't yet fulfilled his potential, he sits in the top 50 of the world rankings and crucially he has finished in the top 15 in three of his last six visits to the tournament proving he has the game for the Open, at such a big price he is worth a small wager.

In the markets available outside of the outright winner there looks to be some value available. The market for top Australian is interesting and Jason Day is on offer at 11/5 with Totesport. Day has finished in the top 10 of the last 3 majors including 2nd of the Masters and US Open, his main opposition comes in the form of Adam Scott but he hasn't a great Open record having competed 11 times and missing the cut 4 of those and only finishing inside the top 20 twice. Aaron Baddeley has missed the cut all 5 times he's competed and top golfer and former major winner Geoff Ogilvy looks unsuited to the competition having missed the cut 5 years in a row.


Luke Donald to win at 12/1 with William Hill
Charl Schwarzel each way at 50/1 with Boylesports (1/4 odds for 8 places)
Sean O'Hair each way at 225/1 with Boylesports
Jason Day to be top Australian at 11/5 with Totesport

Rory McIlroy at 9/1 in Boylesports enhanced win only market

With added contribution from Lee Hooper follow Lee on Twitter @LeeHooper1

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