Held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire the Open is being held in England for consecutive years for the first time in it’s history.
The current holder of the iconic (and seemingly endless engarving space of a trophey in use since 1873) claret jug is Darren Clarke. The golf was exciting, the celebration was a mix of comedy and emotion. Certainly with more claret (or Guiness) than the jug might normally expect to have. Darren was also adding to a solid run for the non Americans in the Open. Only one of the last five Opens has been won by an American (Stewart Cink 2009). Maybe the links course just doesn’t suit their game, or maybe since the demise of the Tiger, the Americans just haven’t had someone all conquoring to take on the rest of the world.
The last winner at Lytham was an American though. When the Open pitched up here in 2001 David Duval took home the top prize with an impressive ten under, prior to that Tom Lehman won in 1996 here with thirteen under. The feeling is that the course plays true and doesn’t require Tigerproofing or any other form of change to make it Open worthy. The course the pros will play is the same as the one the members play week in week out, in theory that means it should elicit some low scores. If the weather plays ball, and the ball stays out of the heavy rough, expect plenty of the pack going under par. Part of the beauty of the links course is that there is that challenge in the golf though.
We prefer our golf to be settled by the driver and iron rather than the putter, so making the course a challenge for the pros should be (pun warning) par for the course.
Golf has the power to amaze, and on their day anyone can sink the seemingly impossible which means picking the winner from the pack is incredibly difficult (sorry, but we’re here for information, use the forum for tips!).
Woods is at the top of the tree, best priced at 12s with Ladbrokes. After him you’re looking at 18s for Westwood and then into the 20+s for Harrington, Donald and McIlroy. Other than Woods (more there on history than form) the short(er) odds are dominated by the non Americans, which makes sense given that links courses aren’t the American way, but given the run they’ve had at Opens of the past maybe a little short sighted. Take an each way punt on one of the Americans to win and you might not be disappointed.
There are also a couple of cashback offers at there. Coral will refund losing bets up if your pick comes second to a British player, whilst Betvictor will refund losing bets up to £50 if either Westwood, Poulter, Garcia or Donald take home the jug. Check in with the daily offers to see who’s giving the best each way odds and placements.
Before you get your comments below the line or on the forum for predictions, tips, hopes and dreams......best we get Terry Wogan to show the pros how it’s done (1:22, prepare to be amazed), see what Woods thinks of a fart, and see proof if it were needed that it wasn’t as easy as Adam Sandler made it look.