The Open Championship 2012
The Open Championship
19-22 July: Royal Lytham & St Annes
The oldest of golf’s majors returns to Royal Lytham & St Annes for this year’s Open Championship and Darren Clarke will be hoping he can defend his 2011 title. Tiger Woods has made an impressive return to form after a slow start this year and is favourite at +900 to claim his fourth championship on the links course of the British Open.
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After some mixed form since his return from personal and professional difficulties two years ago, 2012 looks like the year in which Woods can end his major championship drought. His last major win came in 2007 at the PGA, but after posting three tournament wins this calendar year, golf fans will be hoping that they are close to seeing Tiger Woods play at close to his best.
Woods shot a superb final round 69 at the AT&T National to win two weeks ag
In contrast to the last visit to Sandwich in 2003, 2011 saw wet and windy conditions disrupt play, with 2011 US Open winner Rory McIlroy struggling to make an impression on the uneven links course. The popular Darren Clarke rose to the occasion and won by three strokes, seeing off competition from Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.o and in doing so he surpassed Jack Nicklaus on the all-time wins list, after winning his 74th career PGA victory. Despite faltering when given the tag of favourite for Augusta, Woods has all the momentum now and with the tournament being outside of the US, he may be under less pressure.
American golfers seem to be the way to go when backing a winner at the Open Championship, with 11 US golfers winning the Claret Jug in the past 20 years. After Tiger the next American’s to trouble the outright winner betting are the runners-up from 2011, Phil Mickelson at +2800 and Dustin Johnson at +4000.
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood certainly have the game to handle the demands of Royal Lytham and they will be bolstered by the fact that the last nine major winners have all been first-timers, going all the way back to Graham McDowell in 2010 at the US Open. Westwood is available at +1400 just ahead of Donald at +1600 and both will be determine to break their major duck.
Padraig Harrington was the last man to win successive Open Championships, in 2008 and 2007, but he has struggled to impose his game in the last few years and goes into this year’s event at +1600 to win his third title.
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