Open Championship Golf Betting Tips
John Deere Classic Tips
Royal St George’s Golf Club - Kent, England - Par 70, 7,204 Yards
Royal St George’s is located on the East Kent coast and is one of the most iconic Open venues. It represents a true links test, with exposed treeless undulations and a potentially strong coastal breeze meaning it is regularly one of the highest-scoring Opens on the rota.
The bounces are unpredictable, as is the perilous rough, so there is plenty for the players to consider here whilst navigating around St George’s.
Undulating, slow greens will test even the best putters in the field, while run-off areas will punish poor approach play. At 7, 204 yards, it isn’t one of the longest Major courses; in fact, it is the shortest of the year. That, however, is misleading as this stern test will almost certainly produce the highest winning score of any event this year.
Accuracy from the tee and an excellent short game are the essential ingredients this week, and I think I’ve found a couple of gems.
Last Five Winners
The Market Leaders
World number one Jon Rahm (7/1) sits alone at the top of the market for the first time in a Major Championship, and it’s not hard to see why. Rahm has been playing some splendid golf of late and warmed up with a sublime first couple of days last week in Scotland before slipping back into 7th place due to a quiet final round. If anything, that is even more ideal for Rahm, who doesn’t have the baggage of going for a 3rd win in three starts having won the USPGA last month. John is an excellent links player and his powerful, compact swing should stand him in excellent stead here. I was lucky enough to be very close to Jon for a couple of rounds at Portrush and his 11th place there, albeit his best return at an Open Championship, was the worst he could have achieved. Anyone finishing ahead of Rahm has a great chance and the price seems fair.
Jordan Spieth (14/1) sits next in the betting and, as big a fan of Jordan as I am, I struggle to see why. He has an undeniably strong Open record with a win and two top 10s in the last four, but this is a stern test and with the depth, he seems too short in the field. Wayward shots will be severely punished here, far more than on the links where he has won in the North West, and unless his putting is at levels rarely seen, I think Jordan will run up a few too many big numbers to contend strongly.
Rory Mcilroy (18/1) and Brooks Koepka (18/1) make up the remainder of the sub 20s group. Rory is playing increasingly well and his record off the back of missed cuts is phenomenal with three wins the last ten times it has happened. He won’t be without support. Brooks, meanwhile, has been back challenging for Major honours. His Open record is also solid with top 10s in three of his last four, but he is another for whom St Georges might not be the right test and I prefer Rory at the price.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Englishman Richard Bland is having a career season and picked up his first career win at the British Masters last month. He has followed that up with two further top 20s and looks like a real dark horse heading to St George’s. Bland has been bullish in his tone this week, and loves the fact that the fairways are so tight and rough so deep, which plays perfectly to his strengths.
With such consistency in his long game and the putter working incredibly well, Bland knows this could be his best chance to claim a Major Championship. He was in the top 10 at the US Open, and back in familiar surroundings, this price seems incredibly big. I have backed him with 2 Points e/w at 175/1.
Other Betting Tips
As I have alluded to above, the stars seem to be aligning for Rory McIlroy this week as the Northern Irishman looks to put behind him the disappointment of Portrush, where an early 9 put pay to his chances, and claim a second Open Championship title. McIlroy has looked in excellent shape, with his win at Quail Hollow being followed up with some great rounds, including contending for the US Open.
At St George’s Rory won’t need to get the driver out too often and the unwavering accuracy of his 3 wood and irons should see him set up a lot of birdie chances. What will be key for McIlroy is his scrambling around the greens. If that is on this week, I have every expectation of him being the closest challenger to Rahm. I recommend staking 3 Points e/w at 18/1.
Lastly is a player I tipped up last week, and who didn’t really perform with a finish of 35th, but I do like the look of this price on Guido Migliozzi who was 4th at Torrey Pines and who’s game is also in the best shape of his career. Guido hits the ball straight, makes very few mistakes, and is excellent around the greens. He is another with a great course fit who looks far too big for such an open event. I have had 2 Points e/w at 150/1.
Following a rolling profit of 300 points for the 2019 & 2020 seasons, I am looking for a great 2021, and have some fantastic bets lined up for events throughout the year on both the PGA and European Tours. Each week I will pick between 2 to 4 selections at each event, and suggest a suitable staking plan.
Best Performances At the The Open Championship
As the elder statesman of the majors and the oldest golf tournament in the world, the Open Championship has produced some of the most memorable moments in sports.
Selecting the best performances in Open history presents a hefty back catalogue of great moments that go right back to the very first championship in 1860. As the sporting world prepares for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, who will follow in these illustrious footsteps?
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Nick Faldo - The 1990 Open At St. Andrews
It’s quite remarkable to think that it’s now over a quarter of a century since an Englishman last won the Open. That’s actually the longest spell in Open history without a golfer from England lifting the Claret Jug.
That year was 1992 when a certain Nick Faldo claimed his third title at Muirfield but it is his win at St. Andrews two years earlier which is Faldo’s greatest career moment. Swaggering to a five-shot victory, Faldo hadn’t found a bunker until the fourth hole of the final round and recorded no three-putts to set a then-record score of 18-under par.
Tom Watson - The 1977 Open At Turnberry
There probably isn’t a golf fan alive who hasn’t heard of the epic “Duel in the Sun”. This was the showdown to end all golfing showdowns, contested between a pair who would become the great golfing rivals of their day.
Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus faced each other at a sun-drenched Turnberry, hosting its first Open, during the red-hot summer of 1977. The two blew away the rest of the field to set up a final day ding-dong which went back and forth like no other.
Nicklaus was 10 shots ahead of his closest pursuer as the pair prepared to take on the final hole and one behind Watson. Nicklaus went into the rough from the 18th tee while Watson reached the edge of the green. Suddenly Nicklaus recovered to make birdie with a monster putt and temporarily share the lead before Watson drained a three-footer, raised his hands in the air and took the title.
Harry Vardon - The 1914 Open At Prestwick
Vardon remains the only man to win the Open six times and he did so in 1914 at Prestwick. A three-shot victory earned him the record which stands to this day. Vardon was 44-years-old at the time and would remain the oldest man to win the Open until Roberto De Vicenzo won at Hoylake in 1967.
Seve Ballesteros - The 1984 Open At St. Andrews
Seve always said that his 1984 triumph at St. Andrews was the finest of his five major wins. Ballesteros began the final day two shots down but in later reminiscences, he always said he knew he was going to win. Battling Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer all day long, the Spaniard finally edged it with a birdie at the 18th. His air-punching celebration remains one of the most iconic golfing pictures.
Tiger Woods - The 2000 Open At St. Andrews
The year 2000 was “peak Tiger period”. Woods was simply dominant during this spell and changed the face of golf forever. Courses were lengthened to become “Tiger proof” and a whole new generation of golfers was inspired by a level of athleticism and power that hadn’t been seen in golf before.
Nowhere was this better demonstrated than at St. Andrews as the new millennium welcomed its first Open. Tiger fired a record-breaking 19-under and finished eight strokes clear of his nearest rival. The 2000 Open title also enabled Tiger to achieve the career grand slam and become only the fifth man to do so.
Paul Lawrie - The 1999 Open At Carnoustie
Ok, so no one really remembers Paul Lawrie’s win. The talk of the 1999 Carnoustie Open – and indeed every collapse in a major ever since and for immortality – will always be of Jean Van De Velde’s epic fail. With a three-shot lead going into the final hole, the journeyman, who had only ever one won once before on the Tour, had the Claret Jug firmly in his grasp.
Needing just a double-bogey to claim an unlikely Open victory, the Frenchman somehow bounced his way towards an unwanted place in the history books in calamitous fashion via a grandstand, a patch of deep rough and the water surrounding the 18th green at Carnoustie. A triple bogey and subsequent play-off loss followed. As for Lawrie, the pinnacle of his career is now merely an afterthought in Open folklore.