Golf Betting Tip - The Open

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The Open returns to Royal Troon in Ayrshire this year for the first time since 2004; the 9th time in all the Open has been held here by the sea.

The tournament, which runs from 14th to 17th July, will feature the most international field of the 4 Majors with 156 players all striving to lift the Claret Jug. World number one Jason Day, along with Dustin Johnson are 9/1 favourites, with Rory McIlroy at 11/1 and Jordan Spieth 12/1 for top honours.

Spieth and Day both travel to Ayrshire this week after tying for fourth place in last year’s contest, finishing a shot adrift of the play-off finishers, illustrating just how close they themselves came to the win. McIlroy wasn’t even a participant in the 2015 tournament because of an ankle injury, but the Northern Irishman can make up for that absence by making it two Claret Jugs in three years come Sunday. Recent form coming into the open is key and his recent Irish Open win can stand him in good stead for a big say here.

The Ulster man sounded bullish this week, saying: “Those guys are having a great run at the minute, but I’m happy where my game is. I can’t worry about other guys. If I focus on myself and make sure that I’m playing the best that I can, I’m pretty confident that if I go out and play my best golf I’m going to win more times than not.”

A word of warning to those fancying Jason Day: only Tiger Woods has won the Open Championship when ranked world No.1 since 2000.

Former Open champion Phil Mickelson will relish getting his hands on the Claret Jug for a second time. Mickelson wore a black glove on each hand to combat the wet conditions in the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, a move which paid off with a closing 66 at Castle Stuart. He will be ready to face similar weather at Royal Troon over the next four days and at 45/1 with Coral he looks well over-priced.

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