iBet: Back Lee Westwood or Tiger Woods at The Open
The Open, Royal Lytham and St Anne’s, Thursday-Sunday
Back Lee Westwood each way at 15-1
Back Tiger Woods each way at 9-1
The fact that the past 15 Majors have been won by 15 different golfers shows the difficulty for punters. The last three times The Open has been played at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s it’s been won by one of the top golfers in the world – Gary Player in 1974, Seve Ballesteros in 1979 and 1988, Tim Lehman in 1996 and David Duval, who was world No1 when he won 11 years ago.
The incessant rain has meant that it’s been impossible to prepare the course as organisers would have wished and the rough is very severe indeed. We are looking for experienced golfers who can keep the ball on the fairway; and few hit the ball straighter than Lee Westwood. The Englishman has put himself in the mix several times in Majors and he just needs his putter to fire.
Tiger Woods has won this tournament three times and is coming out of his slump, having won three times on the PGA tour already this year. He tees off at 9.42am on Thursday with Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose in a great three ball and is eying the No1 slot again. He has revealed he will be hitting irons off the tee for accuracy. At 9-1 and with Paddy Power paying the top seven places, I can’t let him run free.
Betfair has 40 markets on The Open. Given the weather, the standing water and the state of the rough, a winning score of -9 or lower could be a lay at around 5/2. You can get 3-1 that Tom Watson will be the Top Senior and 2-1 that the five-times champion makes the cut.
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