Welcome to our Open Championship 2014 betting preview, including betting tips and all the latest Open Championship Offers from bookmakers. The Open 2014 will take place at Hoylake over the 17th to 20th of July. Links golf poses a unique challenge, so will the favourites justify their place at the head of the betting market?
Betting preview for the Open Championship 2014
The 2014 Open Championship looks to be a wide open event and a huge range of players head to Royal Liverpool golf club with genuine chances. Some of the leading players arrive with some mental demons to overcome, while others will tee off with some solid form behind them in recent weeks. Below we highlight our selections and add why we think these players could go well;
The man synonymous with the Open Championship since bursting on to the scene as an amateur, Rose can again give backers a genuine run for their money. His T12 finish at this season’s US Open illustrates he still targets the majors, and his win in the Scottish Open last weekend confirms he is in great nick heading into the tournament. In a wide open event, Rose is a live runner at a best price 16/1 with Ladbrokes.
Another 16/1 shot (general). The Australian is World Number 1 and heads into the Open Championship as one of the co-favourites. While other leading fancies have questions to answer, either with form or their current state of mind, Scott is in fine fettle. In addition to being on top of his game, Scott has solid previous form on this course with his 8th place finish in 2006 at Hoylake. The fairways were baked solid that year, and conditions may vary this week, but past success on a course that requires a solid short game is a great start for any pick.
After putting up two favourites, the long shot is Larrazabal. The Spaniard has been on a steady up curve for a few years and is enjoying his best season based on stroke average and average finishing position on the European Tour. Links golf is no real concern, he has carded T30 and T45 finishes in his last two Open Championships – nothing ground-breaking but for an improving player it represents a solid foundation. He is in the top 30 putters on tour and his last two tournaments have seen him finish T8 and T11. Despite those finishes towards the top end of the leader board, Larrazabal could actually argue his putter has turned cold in those tournaments – should his putting form return, his price of 175/1 could collapse very quickly.
Golf tournaments are a great place to trade as prices can change dramatically, so keep an eye on the above with a view to taking some profits if they go well in the earlier rounds.