Open Championship special betting tips



The action starts at Muirfield early on Thursday morning, with Tiger Woods favourite on the outright market, although there is value to be gleaned from other betting propositions and you can actually bet on which players will or won’t make the cut.

Sky Bet offer 7/1 that Woods doesn’t make it to the final two rounds of the tournament, while the same bookie have a range of specials on the world number one, including 12/1 that the American leads after the first round and 18/1 that he plays with Rory McIlroy during the third or fourth round.

Many will be hoping to see an English winner at Muirfield and Justin Rose heads the Top Englishman market following his recent victory in the US Open. BetVictor offer odds of 9/4 that Rose beats his compatriots, although Ian Poulter might be well backed at 7/1, while Lee Westwood is a 7/2 chance.

Meanwhile, there are lots of household names in the Top American market and Scottish Open winner Phil Mickelson is 7/1 with Paddy Power to be the best-performing player from across the pond, with Lefty full of confidence after his triumph in Inverness.

Brandt Snedeker is a 14/1 poke and performed very well in the 2012 Open, while Dustin Johnson played very well two years ago and can be backed at 16/1 with Coral to be the hottest US performer this time around.

You can back several players to land a top ten finish and Paddy Power are the only firm going odds-against that Tiger Woods finishes on the first page of the leaderboard. The Irish firm are sure to see plenty of action for their 11/8 quote, with Justin Rose a 2/1 chance generally to be among the top ten.

Mickelson is a 9/4 chance for a top ten placing, while it’s been a while since you could get odds of 3/1 about Rory McIlroy on this market although there are question marks over the Northern Irishman’s form right now.

Many bookies are offering betting on the Winning Nationality and European can be backed at 5/4 with Coral, while bet365 go 6/4 about an American winner at Muirfield. The 8/1 with Ladbrokes about an Australian catches the eye considering that Adam Scott and Jason Day are among those with a lively chance.

The bookmakers are expecting to see a hole in one over the four days and go 8/11 about this happening in the 2013 Open, while 11/10 is quoted that no player manages an ace in this tournament.