As the oldest of the four major golf championships “The Open” held in the UK has been around since 1860 and these days attracts a field of players from around the world who will be battling their way around the Royal Birkdale Golf Club course this weekend to see who’ll get a share of the $10.25 million prize purse. But just who should you back and where can you find the best Open betting odds? We take a look.
Henrik Stenson always knew he’d have to come back and defend the Claret Jug he won so emphatically on the last round at Royal Troon last year although even the Swede probably wasn’t looking forward to The Open betting he’d be paired up with American Justin Spieth for the opening round as this weekend sees the field hit Royal Birkdale in what is set to be a classic Open. These two are at the head of the field but there are some great players in the mix for what is always a bit of an unpredictable beast.
With three generations of the Hawtree family having worked the course up to a state of near perfection this is no hasty stroll around the fairways and greens, the 15th and 17th might give you room to forgive some sins but otherwise this is a fairly merciless course and if you like to bet on sports in the UK you’ll know that will only ever be coupled with the biggest issue facing the field this weekend; the British weather. Bet365 might be able to give you all the Open betting odds you need but they can’t control the rain.
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Of course there are some players that will benefit from heavy going conditions, slightly faster greens and a coastal breeze that will gust alarmingly, it’s just the bookies don’t know who they are yet and that means the Open betting odds are, just days before they tee off, offering some really attractive wagers with Bet365 even running a top-ten-finishers book and each-way wagers on the winner. Raw talent, superb skills and an elemental randomness only the British weather can manage? It’ll be some Open.
Most eyes are on Spieth, of course, he’s in great form, unlike Rory Mcilroy who has seen a slump of late which is reflected in his Open betting odds, not that he’s too far off the favorites and with Bet365 offering 1/5 on eachways for the top 8 then his 20/1 Open betting odds become an attractive wager, n’est pas? Whilst this puts him barely ahead of Tommy Fleetwood on 22/1 it does still mean that he’s way ahead of Stenson who at 28/1 isn’t worth taking advantage of UK gambling laws for this year.
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Naturally there will be some who think Justin Rose or Hideki Matsuyama might make the running if things go awry for the likely leaders, they’re both 20/1 shots at bet365 and Sergio Garcia barely scrapes better Open betting odds at 18/1 putting him just behind the duo at 16/1 Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm both of whom look in great shape and could easily be right up the top of the leaderboard on Sunday, however there are still two clear favorites for the pre-tee betting public and they’re both at 14/1.
Dustin Johnson may well have had to admit he’s only just recovered from a freak accident before the masters but has declared himself free of pain and despite struggling in the US Open just last month. The bookies, like Bet365, believe he’ll find his form again this weekend but there will be few in the UK gambling news on Monday will be of his victory, Justin Spieth might only be garnering Open betting odds of 14/1 alongside Johnson but with his current form and the likely conditions he’s got the very best of chances of bagging this one.