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The Open Championship 2014

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, July 17th-20th

Time for the third major of the golfing year and it’s off to Hoylake and Royal Liverpool GC, a par 72 course (split 35/37) over 7,312 yards

For this preview, we will again use the official site for all the main detail about the Open Golf week whether it be the course details, records, history, whatever.. the official site is comprehensive and can be found here

The Open Official Site

Hoylake has hosted 11 Open Championships previously with the most recent being a demolition job by Tiger Woods; you may remember he kept his driver in the bag and used irons the whole week – he overpowered the course by keeping the ball in play really well, and taking advantage of the dry conditions. The course is marginally different now and some rough has been introduced but expect to see iron play dominating as this isn’t a long course where the big bombers will prosper unfairly

To win any player has to of course be on top of his game; being a major, you can’t rely on a decent week in one area of your game, you will have to be firing on all cylinders and also hope for some luck – players who are really accurate with regard to GIR stats and (as always) putting will give themselves the best chance but mental strength will be vital and I doubt you will get a winner who hasn’t won fairly recently on a respective tour. I picked Kaymer in the last major as he was a proven talent suited to the course and had won a few weeks previously.. with hindsight, these picks are sometimes ‘obvious’! the trick is to think that like prior to the event and hope it all falls into place!


Selections >

Justin ROSE > no player is hotter currently and having won his last two events (US and last week in Scotland) then Rose has the form plus the ability to overcome his poor Open record. this is where it all started for him fame-wise of course and it would be fitting if he ‘rose’ to the occasion this week – almost too obvious but when he gets on a roll, he can win consistently and this may be his time, currently 16.5 on BF and now fav for this due to his weekend win

Henrik STENSON > another fairly obvious pick as Stenson has been a top player for the past couple of years after a long time away from the thick end of tournaments – he has shown recent signs of being back on top of his game with a plethora of top 10 finishes; he has the right blend of experience and ability and should be a very strong contender this week. 2nd at Muirfield last year too of course and then 3rd in the US PGA and 4th this yr in the US Open; chuck in a top 15 at Augusta and he’s primed!. Price is touching 20 on BF which is generous enough

Zach JOHNSON > another very experienced multiple tour winner who has shown a liking for links golf in recent years, Zach J may well be the best of the US contingent this week – solid, tidy and suited to this course, he could be a popular pick as he seeks to land a really big one again, 60 on BF looks a good 10 points too big for me so I’m on that

Rickie FOWLER > another one I have backed a few times in majors – he’s a player I can see picking this trophy up as he has done well in this event before with a 5th in 2011 – has picked up 2nd and 5th prize-money in majors this year and is in good form, hasn’t played much and may well be finally achieve what he has threatened to do for a while, 42 on BF isn’t great but enough to tempt me in

Graeme McDOWELL > if the weather turns nasty, then GMac could well prosper – another one in good form and another player with experience and capable of getting it done when in contention – might wait for his price to drop a bit as 30 is a bit tight for me currently

Hideki MATSUYAMA > a player who is destined for great things and a common pick for me, 75 is a juicy price for a very talented golfer who has broken through with a well-deserved win – played this event for the first time last year and notched 6th at Muirfield – I’m backing him again

Brendon TODD > backed him a few times early in the year in the US and he won his first tournament a while back – also did well for me in the US Open so I’m always watching for him – been in great form and could go well again, worth watching at 130 on BF

Ryo ISHIKAWA > has some very lean spells but is a winner and has a great game when in form –  only 22 and hasn’t done anything for a while in the US but did win last week in Japan and has snuck in to the field as an alternate for Stricker who didn’t fly over – nice little story and I’m all over the 670 on BF for Ishi who has a great neat game and the mental strength if he finds himself up the leaderboard

So there are 6 for me with a couple of ones to watch – I’m passing on tiger, Micko, Scott and Rory etc as all have some doubts in my opinion – there are plenty of others who I often back or who should do well but have to settle for these few above

Other Bets >

1st round Leader > Robert Karlsson 65 on BF- Bobby is a player I used to back a lot prior to his problems; he looks to be on the road back and could follow Stenson back up to the highest echelons – in the meantime I like his early start on Thursday (first out!) and he could steam away on fresh greens and post a cracking early score.. worth a trade too at 110 or higher if he doesn’t start well as he can often shoot really low

Trading > worth taking on a few at big prices with a view to trade out profitably, always trade through the event where possible – like the look of David Howell at 460, Tommy Fleetwood at 500, Ishikawa as mentioned above at 670

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* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time


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    1. As we enter the final round, quick recap >

      Rose traded down to about 13 or so at his lowest point
      Stenson barely traded any lower, 18 or so
      Johnson went down to about 27 at his low point
      Matsuyama traded down to 20 or so
      Fowler dropped as low as 2.5 at one point

      > so all the tips traded lower so hopefully there has been some profit realised!

      Fowler is still involved at the top for fixed odds bettors

      Regarding the players advised for trades, Karlsson went as low as 27 (from 110) and Howell dropped to about 120 (from 450) – Karlsson also went well for FRL for a while

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