The Open Championship 2014 Betting Preview
The third major of the golfing calendar is upon us, as the world’s elite head to Hoylake for the 143rd Open Championship.
We’ve previewed our picks for the claret jug, ahead of what we hope will be a profitable weekend on Merseyside.
England’s Justin Rose will go into this weekend as one of the firm favourites. The 33-year-old is golf’s most in-form player, with wins in his past two tournaments. He bids to become the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1992 to lift the famous Claret Jug.
Phil Mickelson proved back-to-back victories at links events are possible last year. However, while Rose is a proven major champion at the US Open, he has yet to produce this form in the UK equivalent.
In fact, The Open has proved to be Rose’s weakest major, never finishing top-ten since a remarkable fourth place as a teenage amateur 16 years ago. Rose can’t be discounted, but at such short odds many will look for value elsewhere.
The Irishman has a great track record on links courses and won the testing Open de France on his last outing. Furthermore, his form shows an identical pattern to the run-up to his 2010 US Open victory: win – week off – major win.
The 34-year-old is an accurate driver of the ball, a great shot-maker, and an excellent putter, so there’s nothing to suggest he isn’t a serious contender this week.
After four missed cuts in the first decade of this career, the American has made the weekend in three of the last four Opens with a best finish of ninth in 2012.
His results this year have been great with a tournament win at the linksy challenge of the RBC Heritage, a tied fifth at the Masters and tied 12th at the US Open.
Not long but incredibly accurate off the tee, paired with a deadly touch both on and around the greens, the 36-year old is set up for a big weekend at Hoylake.
Each of the last three Open Championship winners were in their early 40s and came here off the back of four rounds in the Scottish Open the week before, as well as having finished highly in previous Opens.
Bjorn has three top-5 finishes over the course of his Open career, and although his tie for 41st here in 2006 may be the strongest indication of form, Hoylake is much more likely to play like a links style course this weekend.
The veteran didn’t play in the recent US Open but finished inside the top-10 at Augusta back in April, and at reasonably long odds he’s well worth an each-way bet.