Open Championship returns to Troon

pro2punter - Jordan Speith

After 12 years The Open Championship returns to Troon, where some huge outsiders have tasted victory in the past. The last of them was unknown American Todd Hamilton who beat Ernie Els in a play off and won at odds of 200/1. Before that another two yanks lifted the Claret Jug, with Mark Calcavecchia and Justin Leonard causing fairly big surprises. This year the weather is likely to play a part in proceedings so a confident links player will be preferred.

After last weekends 40/1 winner on Alex Noren and a 40/1 place on Colsaerts (last weeks tips), we have a nice bank to play with and confidence is high, so don’t miss out on the value selections on The Open Championship and get yourself a BetVictor account for the 6 places and top prices!

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My first pick is Jordan Speith, who along with Day, Johnson and Rory head up the field in terms of odds. Speith isn’t as long as the other three from the tee but on the more traditional course that shouldn’t be a factor and his ball striking and versatility will be a major positive come Thursday. He got back in to the winners circle after his Masters shambles and that shows how mentally strong he is. Adding to that he finished third to DJ at Firestone a couple of weeks ago in his last warm up event before The Open, so signs are good. I also think it’s a bit of a myth that Americans can’t play on these tricky links courses, as they deal with windy conditions at plenty of USPGA events and especially around the Texas area, where Speith hails from. He’s not the biggest price to win, but he’ll definitely be up there come Sunday.

It won’t be long before Brandon Grace wins a major, and The Open Championship is more than likely his best chance of success. The South African has again had a great season and absolutely loves links courses. His major record speaks for itself and he’s been unlucky not to secure one already, albeit a little luck is needed. Earlier in the season he won at a windy Qatar Masters and played well last weekend in Aberdeen, in contention all the way on the Sunday.

Masters champion Danny Willett is not really fancied by many this week but he’s too big a price to swerve for me. Although it hasn’t all gone to plan since his win at Augusta by no means has he played badly, quite often in amongst the leaders on the 2nd and 3rd day. He’s had a nice rest recently and coming back fresh could do the trick for Willett, who for the first time in a couple of months won’t have the attention of the press constantly on him. At the odds he’s well worth an each way punt.

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Lee Westwood has played in the final group in the last two majors, watching his partners secure that elusive title that he has been so close to in the past. He can take confidence in the fact that his mate Darren Clarke won his Open Championship when least expected and that seems to be Westy’s mentality this week. He’s very happy the way he is striking the ball and is still one of the best iron players on tour, especially in the gusts of a links course. A light schedule will also benefit the Brit and his focus has been on the big tournaments this season, and there are none bigger than this.

Finally my outsider is Andy Sullivan. The 29 year old from Nuneaton has had a break through season and has huge support where ever he goes on tour, whether it’s Europe or America. He’s hitting form at precisely the right time after a great 5th place finish at the windy French Open, followed up by a battling 6th place last week at the Scottish Open. You could see he loved playing in last weeks conditions and it’s set to be very similar at Troon, so get on the new kid on the block who can push himself in to the running come Sunday.

Advised Bets (12 points in total) Get 6 places with BetVictor

Jordan Speith 2 points E/W @ 11/1 BET HERE BEST ODDS

Brandon Grace 1 point E/W @ 30/1 BET HERE BEST ODDS

Danny Willett 1 point E/W @ 60/1 BET HERE BEST ODDS

Lee Westood 1 point E/W @ 50/1 BET HERE BEST ODDS

Andy Sullivan 1 point E/W @ 80/1 BET HERE BEST ODDS

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