The 154th Open Championship tees off on at Hoylake on Thursday and the winner will need to show more patience and stamina than listening to Adrian Chiles for a month in Brazil.
With the wind blowing a gale, fairways tighter than Arsene Wenger and the long grass rougher than a night out with Wayne Rooney all that’s left is for you to sit back and watch the best four days of golf this side of the Atlantic unfold.
But where’s the value if I want to have a bet you’re probably not saying to yourself right now as you look through the field of Major winners and links’ tamers with less than 24 hours to go to tee off.
Well you’ve come to the right place my friend as Paddy Power’s best-priced on the top four in the betting and paying out on the first 7 places at Royal Liverpool.
Tiger Woods – 22/1
Tiger Woods returns after injury and despite finishing 6th and 3rd in the third Major of the season for the last two years is still the biggest price he has been all year at 22/1 to add a fourth Claret Jug to his already creaking mantelpiece.
Woods won the last of his three Opens at this course in 2006 and the former world No. 1 and winner of 14 Majors arrived last weekend and is talking a good game ahead of a repeat bid.
I’ve played three practice rounds now and have had three different winds. … I’ve had to hit completely different clubs off a lot of these tee shots because the winds have been so different. I came here a day earlier than I normally would to have an extra day in there, as well as possibly taking a day off, if need be. And it’s working out.
Rory McIlroy – 20/1
Dual Major winner canned Caroline Wozniacki’s wedding plans earlier this year – and his game has improved no end since.
Shot a course record 64 on the opening day of the Scottish Open before finishing T14 behind eventual winner Justin Rose.
McIlroy is the second best-backed player after England’s Justin Rose who is on a hat-trick after wins Stateside and the Scottish Open last weekend.
While he missed the cut last year – four of the last five Open Champions have missed the cut the year before their win – McIlroy’s a stand-out 20/1 with Paddy Power to add the Claret Jug to his 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship titles.
Bubba Watson – 50/1
The self-styled good ol’ boy turned on the style – and the tears – to win his second Masters in three years and has finished 30-23-32 in the last three Opens.
With two wins and three places in his 13 starts this year he’s put cash in Paddy Power’s punters are 254 per cent in profit for backing him each time. This is by far the longest odds Bubba has been all year so there may be value in him here.
At 50/1, Watson is by far the biggest price he’s been all year and could reward those backers again with Paddy paying the first 7 places.
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