The British Open Championship Betting Tips & Predictions 2017
As a testament to how fast time seems to go by these days, we are already at the third golf major of the year, and – let’s be honest – it is the one they all want to win: The Open.
Dating back nearly 150 years, The Open is the grandest tournament of them all, and the only major to be played outside of the USA. That makes it truly special indeed.
This year’s host venue is Royal Birkdale, located in the North West of England in Southport, north of Liverpool. It has hosted this event on nine occasions, with winning scores ranging from +3 (the most recent winner Padraig Harrington in 2008) to -14, which will be tied in mostly with the wind speeds/direction of the weekend. Most notably, eight of the nine Open champions at this course have been American or Australian; a coincidence, or a genuine betting angle in?
Happily we’re in a decent vein of form ourselves this year, tipping 125/1, 55/1, 35/1 winners and more! We hope you follow us this week for what is the best golfing week of the entire year.
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A Quick Guide to Royal Birkdale
This is your standard Open Championship test, a picture-perfect course that offers a tough assignment to players and keeps scoring opportunities to a minimum. It is a Par 70 course which measures over 7,100 yards in length.
That said, the course is very weather dependant and with rain and wind forecast for the week around the Liverpool area, the course could prove to be very testing. There are a couple of agreeable par 5’s available and the winner will have to take full advantage of them if he wants to be crowned champion. As such, being able to go long – and accurately – off the tee will be a huge advantage here.
But it’s not all plain sailing. The Par 3’s, all four of them, are tough holes and will be a real examination for the players, especially if the weather is poor.
Statistically, we haven’t any data to work with since the 2008 Open Championship here, so our scope is limited somewhat. But we know that driving long and accurately will be a factor, as will Greens in Regulation, as it does for any major. Finally, a hot putter can never hurt under the major spotlight.
You Lead, You Win at The Open
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We were lucky enough to tip and back Jon Rahm very early this season when he won the Farmers Insurance Open at a staggering 55/1! Where will you find that price on Rahm again? You might have to wait until he turns 50! Read Here! The Spanish prodigy arrives to Royal Birkdale off the back of an emphatic victory in the Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Links and although it is just his second Open Championship start, we have every faith that he can make it a successful one, at just aged 22. He finished T-59 on his Open debut at Royal Troon last season but what a difference a year makes! Sergio Garcia won the Masters and we think the unthinkable can happen – two different Spanish major champions in two successive majors!
Johnny Miller won the Open Championship here at Royal Birkdale in 1976 so he knows exactly what it takes to win on this track. If he thinks Hideki Matsuyama will win this week, that will do me! Miller believes Matsuyama is the best player in the world right now and said “The real hot shots in golf, like Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy and Jason Day… they’re not on the top of their game right now. So I don’t know what to expect, because majors are a whole different animal but Hideki, I think he’s the best player right now. Tournament in and tournament out his bad shots are really good, which is what you need at Birkdale. And I think that he’s ready to win.” Hideki has landed three PGA Tour events in the past 18 months and although his Open record is pretty terrible to date and include a missed cut at Royal Troon last year, he played well at Portstewart two weeks ago when T-14 and he is still a very young player with a huge weight of expectation upon his shoulders.
We are looking for a player with a serious pedigree for links golf and one that stands out from the European shores is the Swedish star Alexander Noren. He has had an unbelievably successful time of it over the past two seasons and won the Scottish Open on the Castle Stuart Links last season. He missed the cut in the Scottish Open last week but that may have been a blessing in disguise and he got to go to Birkdale and get some valuable early practise in. He finished T-9 in the Open two years ago and won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth a few weeks ago, so he certainly won’t be lacking in confidence.
The Americans have a tremendous record in the Open Championships held at Royal Birkdale so it would be rude to ignore their chances this week. It’s hard to get away from the price of Kevin Kisner, who should be 50/1 maximum in my book. OK, he doesn’t have a huge links golf pedigree but the man from South Carolina has posted six Top 6 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, which include a win in the Dean & Deluca Invitational. He has a sublime wedge game and is straight off the tee, which is a recipe for four good rounds around here.
Sometimes the American players can be severely under-estimated by the bookmakers because there is a theory that they don’t like links golf but the results would suggest otherwise. At 175/1, Kevin Chappell has to be worth a small investment. He posted a solid T-23 in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills which is a links style golf course and he sits comfortably inside the world’s Top 30 golfers in the rankings at 27th. He won the Valero Texas Open earlier this season and if the wind gets up, he won’t be thrown off by it. Live outside contender for us this week.