It is the third major of the golf calendar year and arguably the most iconic. The Open Championship visits some of the UK’s most beloved Links courses each year, and in 2018 the tournament heads to the devilish Carnoustie in Scotland: golf betting gets no better than this!
This venue has hosted the Open Championship twice in the past 20 years, and both occasions produced some of the sport’s most memorable moments; who can forget Jean van der Velde standing in the Barry Burn in barefoot as his hopes of winning a major crumbled, while in 2007 Padraig Harrington bested his old sparring partner Sergio Garcia in a play-off.
The Open Championship is most beloved major with punters as it is seems to be the most unpredictable, with six of the last ten editions being won by players from Europe or South Africa – a change from the usual US dominance.
But of course, we can still make accurate The Open Championship predictions based upon some simple variables.
1. The Open Championship Betting Tips
There are horror stories circulating about Carnoustie, and most of those stem from The Open Championship of 1999 – which Paul Lawrie won in a score of +6, which is the highest winning score of the modern era.
But the course can be set up in different ways, as anyone that has witnessed the players take it apart as art of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will testify. Harrington won at -7 in 2007 too, so Carnoustie doesn’t necessarily deserve its ‘Carnasty’ nickname.
Making golf predictions at any venue can be tricky, but we do have some evidence to work with in terms of predicting which players will enjoy the layout.
Just three examples include Rory McIlroy, who won the Silver Medal at The Open Championship in 2007 at Carnoustie as the lowest amateur, Tommy Fleetwood, who boasts the low round record at Carnoustie set in October last year, and Tyrell Hatton, a back-to-back winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which uses Carnoustie as one of its rotational courses.
According to The Open Championship betting odds, that trio can be backed at 16.00, 21.00 and 51.00 respectively.
2. The Open Championship Betting Odds
Another point of interest, of course, is current form, and this throws up a few more interesting names.
The likes of Dustin Johnson (13.00), Justin Rose (19.00), Francesco Molinari (34.00) and Bryson DeChambeau (67.00) have all won on the PGA Tour in recent times, while on the European Tour it’s Alex Noren (41.00), Russell Knox (67.00) and Thorbjorn Olesen (101.00) who are arguably the ones to watch.
Our The Open Championship betting tips have to focus on proven Links players, and so it is worth looking at editions of the Open which have served up a similar test to Carnoustie. Two courses that share similar characteristics to Carnoustie are Royal Troon and St Andrews, which hosted The Open Championship in 2015 and 16.
One name which appears is Henrik Stenson, who won at Royal Troon and who was runner-up at Muirfield, another Scottish Links track, in 2013. He has been playing some good golf of late, so odds of 29.00 are certainly worth taking.
And then we have the Swede’s ‘mirror’: Phil Mickelson won at Muirfield and finished second at Royal Troon: at odds of 41.00, he’s another to add to our The Open Championship predictions.
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