Open Golf 2011

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Time for a Sandwich.

For the true sporting connoisseur, the Open Championship is unquestionably the greatest annual sporting event on the calendar. The final Sunday never fails to produce wonderful drama, all played out against a backdrop of beautiful terrain, huge crowds, and of course, Peter Alliss (see below for a fine example of his craft).

This year, in addition to all the above, there is a strong chance of a home winner. Indeed, in the Betfair winners market, the top three favourites are British, with the following three all European. Nick Watney is the shortest-priced American, and he doesn’t roll in until 38. The days of two-horse Major USA showdowns between Tiger and old Leftie seem a long way off.

The big three speak for themselves – McIlroy (8/1 with Ladbrokes) has led all but one round in the last eight of majors. Donald (12/1) won in Scotland last week at a canter, And Westwood (12/1)…well he is just Westwood. All three have strong arguments as to why they will hold the claret jug aloft on Sunday evening. However, don’t ignore Ian Poulter (66/1) – the forgotten man of British golf of late.

Last time out at Royal St George’s, the unknown Ben Curtis was the only player to finish under par. One suspects if an American is to triumph in 2011, it will be the aforementioned Californian Nick Watney, or the hottest American golfer right now, Matt Kuchar (40/1 at Bluesq), who performed admirably in Scotland last week.

But if you fancy a rank outsider straight out of the Ben Curtis, or even Louis Oosthuizen, consider the Japanese sensation Ryu Ishikawa (225/1) at Bet365. If only Ken or Dhalsim were also competing…

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