The Open Championship 2013

This entry was posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013

3 Rules for Betting on Muirfield

The Open arrives back at Muirfield this week for the first time since Ernie Els won a four-way play-off to land the 2002 title. Jack Nicklaus has called it the best course in Britain and to be fair to the old fellow, he has probably played most of them. But what makes a Muirfield tamer, and a prospective Open Champion?

1) Think Big:

Open Championship winners here read like the proverbial Who’s Who of Golf. In 1987 & 1992 Nick Faldo found success, 1980 was Tom Watson, 1966 Jack Nicklaus himself (perhaps another reason why he likes it so) and even back in 1959, the great Gary Player was victorious.

2) Pick a Man in Form:

Only three of the Open winners since 2000 have failed to win on the PGA or European Tour in the previous 12 months, so you probably don’t want to back a player who has been thrashing around for the last year or so.

3) Don’t Fear Big Prices

In 2012, Ernie Els was a 55 shot on Betfair, whilst the previous three winners were all priced at a minimum of 300.

Taking all this into account, we like a bit of Chris Wood. Wood is only 25, but with the Qatar Masters already under his belt this campaign, we’re confident that he can genuinely compete (his track record includes winning the silver medal in 2008 and finishing 3rd in 2009.) 230 on Betfair is value indeed.

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