2011 British Open Golf Betting Predictions

by Punter's Hero on July 6, 2011

in Golf, Latest News

We are now less than a week away from the start of the 2011 British Open so it’s about time the crew here at PuntersHero.com gets their predictions up for the public to see.

The Favorite

When I started looking at the field for this years British Open I had the US Open fresh in mind where Rory McIlroy completely crushed the field. Since that was a very impressive performance I was thinking of placing a wager on McIlroy already a month ago but the best price I could come across was 7-1 at Betfair which is way too low when betting on a golfer to win a major. Now that we are closer to the start of round 1 McIlroy is being offered at 6-1 which is even more ridiculous. Sure, I think he will win the tournament but there is absolutely no value in betting a McIlroy win at 6-1 when there is such a big field of very good players.

The Potential Threats

Nick Watney impressed me a lot when he won the AT&T National on the PGA Tour last weekend and if he can manage to recharge his batteries and come in to The Open with his form intact he will definitely  be one of the top contenders this year. The online bookmaker Victor Chandler is offering 28-1 for a Nick Watney win and with his current form in mind I would say this is a good bet to place.

Lee Westwood was a disappointment during the first round of the US Open but managed to finish in style to snatch¬† a top 3 placement. I think we can all agree that Lee Westwood is the best player never to have won a major and if there is ever a major he would like to win it’s the 2011 British Open. Victor Chandler is offering the odds 10-1 which isn’t overly exciting but I would still advice to have Westwood in your stable once The Open starts.

If Sergio Garcia could manage to find a way to keep his game together for all four rounds of a tournament he would be one of the top contenders to win the 2011 Open. I have a feeling he will perform pretty well during the British Open and I am not comfortable with leaving him outside my stable of golfers that could win the British Open this year.

The Underdogs

Padraig Harrington will always be in the mix of things at the final day of any major but when that major is The British Open you can be sure that he is going to be at the top of his game. And when Harrington is at the top of his game he is very hard to beat. The odds of 40-1 at Victor Chandler is enough for me to place a small wager.

Matt Kuchar is probably the most solid golfer when it comes to finishing well in majors. More often than not he is ending up in the top 10 which is a pretty impressive feat. The course played during The British Open might not be so well suited for his game but his basic golf is still enough to make him a contender this year. At Victor Chandler you can get 50-1 for a Kuchar win at the moment.

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