British Open Golf Betting Tips, Free Bets Odds and Preview, 14-17 July 2016
The British Open is one of the highlights of the summer of sport and the golf calendar and with golf’s new Big 4 battling it out the 2016 Open promises so much. We’ve got betting tips, the latest odds and enhanced odds betting offers, free bets and some nice British Open stats, facts and trivia so read on …
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British Open Betting Tips
Almost all of the attention this week will fall on golf’s “Big 4”, world number one Jason Day, number two and US Open champ Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Those four top the world rankings and have now won six of the last 10 majors but for our 2016 Open Championship betting tips we’re looking well beyond the big four.
We’re looking to a group of three with just four majors between them but far more top five finishes than any of the trio would care to dwell on. Ernie Else has four major successes but would have had a whole lot more were it not for Tiger Woods, whilst Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie feature prominently on the list of best players never to win one of the big four.
Else loves links golf and has won the Open twice. At 125/1 he is massive each way value given he lost a play-off here at Troon back in 2004, likes the course and is playing pretty well right now. He was fifth at the Quicken Loans last time out and is well worth a punt here.
Game Aimed at Majors
Westwood is also a great each way tip at massive odds of 50/1 as he looks to end his major drought. Four times he has finished in the top four, including at Troon in 2004 and having finished tied second at the Masters in April he proved to himself he can still mix it with the best. He’s really tailoring his schedule to the majors now and he could yet land one. The soft greens will mean he can hit it close and that might take some pressure of his outing, so often a weakness.
Local Lad at Long Odds
Our final tip is local boy Colin Montgomerie, a man who has finished second in majors five times, but has gone on to win three seniors majors. Monty might not be able to lift the Claret Jug but on a course he knows better than anyone in the field he is top value for a top 10 at 30/1. Distance won’t be a problem here and his experience could prove invaluable.
Until the golf gets going why not relive the par machine Nick Faldo doing the business?
British Open History
The British Open is one of the oldest sporting events in the world, having first been contested way back in 1860. It is the oldest of the four golfing Majors and the only one played outside the USA, being hosted at various courses in Britain (there are currently nine on the Open roster in Scotland and England). In total it has been played at 14 different courses, Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, three courses in the North West of England, three in the South East and seven in Scotland.
It starts on the third Thursday in July and is almost always held on a links course, differentiating it further from the other Majors. It is the third Major of the year, after the US Masters and US Open and before the USPGA that takes place four weeks after the Open (it is often referred to simply as “The Open”, especially in the UK). It is widely thought of as the most prestigious of the four Majors, especially in Europe and the UK, and most of golf’s greatest names have lifted the famed Claret Jug.
The unique trophy has been awarded to the winner of the British Open since 1872 and was commissioned at a cost of £30 after Young Tom Morris claimed the original trophy for his own after winning the Open three years in a row. In addition to the silver trophy the winner also receives a rather healthy prize. In 1864 the winner, Old Tom Morris, won a whopping £6, the first time the champion took a cash prize. In the almost 150 years since then it has increased sharply, with the 2013 winner, Phil Mickleson, taking home £945,000, a £45,000 increase on the 2012 prize. That’s £236,250 per round, which makes footballers look badly paid! The second placed golfer took home over £500,000 and whilst that may have seemed scant consolation at the time it is certainly enough to buy some new silverware of their own. Last year Rory McIlroy won a cool £970,000, his Dad and friends winning a further £180,000 on that famous bet of theirs too!
Click here for the official British Open website for more details on the history of this fine tournament and check out our sister site GolfBettingOffers.com for golf betting offers, tips and betting strategy.
British Open recent winners
- 2015 – Zach Johnson, St Andrews
- 2014 – Rory McIlroy, NI, Royal Liverpool
- 2013 – Phil Mickleson, USA, Muirfield
- 2012 – Ernie Els, South Africa, Royal Lytham & St Anne’s
- 2011 – Darren Clarke, Norther Ireland, Royal St George’s
- 2010 – Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, St Andrews
- 2009 – Stewart Cink, USA, Turnberry
- 2008 – Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Royal Birkdale
- 2007 – Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Carnoustie
- 2006 – Tiger Woods, USA, Hoylake (Royal Liverpool)
- 2005 – Tiger Woods, USA, St Andrews
- 2004 – Todd Hamilton, USA, Royal Troon
British Open trivia and facts
- Longest course – The longest course in the history of the British Open was the layout at Carnoustie in 2007, when Padraig Harrington won. 7,421 yards, with Hoylake 2014 being around 7,218.
- Tom Watson – Tom Watson won the British Open five times between 1975 and 1983, including the famous, wonderful “Duel in the Sun” with Jack Nicklaus in 1977 at Turnberry. In 2009, at the age of 59, he came desperately close to a sixth title after a bogey at the last forced him into a playoff that he subsequently lost to Stewart Cink.
- St Andrews – The home of golf has hosted the British Open a record 27 times, ahead of Prestwick (24) and Muirfield who will host the Open for the 16th time in 2013.
- Amateurs – Amateurs compete at the Open for the silver medal and Yorkshire’s Iain Pyman holds the record for low-scoring amateur with his outstanding 281 in 1993, a total equalled by a certain Tiger Woods in 1996. Justin Rose shot 282 to finish fourth in 1998 and Italian Matteo Manassero shot the same score in 2009. Bobby Jones won the Open three times as an amateur, most recently in 1930.
- Shortest Hole – The shortest hole on the British Open roster is the Postage Stamp, the eighth at Royal Troon, at just 123 yards.
- Three Decades – Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor (1890s, 1900s, 1910s) and Gary Player (1959, 1968, 1974) have won British Opens across three decades.
- Biggest Winners – The biggest victory in the history of the tournament was 13 shots back in 1862 with Tiger Woods’ eight shot margin at St Andrews in 2000 the joint biggest since 1869.
- Most Wins – Harry Vardon won the Open six times with a further four second places. Peter Thomson of Australia and Tom Watson lead the way in the modern era with five wins each whilst Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros both won three British Opens.
- Most Seconds – Jack Nicklaus finished second in the British Open seven times. He won it three times but debates about who is the greatest ever – Nicklaus or Tiger – overlook the fact that Nicklaus finished second 19 times in addition to his 18 wins whilst Woods has won 14 but finished second just six times (correct at June 2013)
- Oldest and Youngest – The oldest and youngest winners are separated by an astounding 57 years, with Young Tom Morris winning aged 17 in 1868 and the legendary Gene Sarazen triumphing at 74 in 1976.
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