Golf tips: Best #BetYourWay bets for the Open Championship
Jack Green best #BetYourWay golf tips for this week at Portrush include two veterans to miss the cut and a bogey-free first round for the defending champion.
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Here are Jack Green's golf tips for the final major of the season.
Americans have won this event pretty much every other year for a while now, with eight champions from the US in the past 16 Opens.
They have dominated all of the majors recently, having won nine of the last 11.
That means these are pretty good odds, particularly given the quality of the American players at the top of the market.
Erik van Rooyen to be in the top 10 after day one (including ties)
I’ve tipped van Rooyen to lead after the first round this week after he impressed at the Scottish Open.
The South African opened with a 64 at Renaissance, which left him joint-fifth at the end of Thursday’s play, and he was in contention until he shot 72 on the last day.
Van Rooyen was joint-second after the first round of last year’s Open, so he’s worth backing given his habit of starting well in links events.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to miss the cut
The Open tends to be an event for the more experienced players, but anyone who watched last year’s Ryder Cup should be able to see where this bet is coming from.
Woods and Mickelson struggled hugely at Le Golf National in Paris, failing to score a point between them, so there’s cause for concern as they head to another links course.
Mickelson has missed the cut in his last two starts and hasn’t finished better than 52nd in five starts dating back to the Masters in April. Meanwhile, there are doubts over Woods’ fitness as he has only played three times since he triumphed at Augusta.
Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka to finish in the top five
McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014, but he has finished inside the top five in all three of his starts at the Open since he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.
He fired a 61 at Royal Portrush as a 16-year-old in 2005, which remains the course record.
Koepka’s record in majors is absurd. He has won three times in his last six major starts and finished second on two other occasions, so he’s worth backing even if this venue doesn’t really play to his strengths.
Francesco Molinari bogey-free first round
Molinari put together a stunning final round to win the Open at Carnoustie last year, managing to avoid a single bogey while his rivals struggled mightily in the wind.
The Italian isn’t in his best form, but he did win the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year and clearly loves playing in these conditions.
This is a bit of a punt, but Molinari’s performance at the Ryder Cup showed what a special player he can be at links courses and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he makes a flawless start on Thursday.
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