Ahead of the third Major of the year, Bookies.com find five special bets for punters to take at St Andrews
With defending champion Rory McIlroy out of the 2015 Open Championship due to injury, the field for the title and other betting markets have opened up, so we provide you with five top tips to take.
With the likes of Justin Rose (7/4 with bet365 and BetVictor), Paul Casey (9/2), Ian Poulter (10/1), Lee Westwood (10/1) and Luke Donald (12/1), there is a strong English contingent at this year’s Open.
Nick Faldo (200/1 just with bet365) was the last one from the country to triumph, in 1992, and neither of the above are likely to win. But back Poulter to be top Englishman, as he has come second, tied ninth and tied third in the last seven years.
Just one Spaniard has ever won the Open, the late great Seve Ballesteros, who triumphed three times (once at St Andrews).
The Iberian nation’s hopes this year mainly come from Spain’s very own Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia (8/11 with SkyBet), who is still yet to win a Major despite coming second four times, and fan favourite Miguel Angel Jimenez (5/1).
Although veteran Jimenez (51) beat Garcia in 2012 and 2013, the 35-year-old came joint-second last year so is the safest bet the back.
Although there hasn’t been a play-off showdown at the Open since 2009 and St Andrews since 2005, it has certainly come close in recent years, so take odds of 3/1 with Sky Bet for there to be one this time around.
McIlroy edged Rickie Fowler and Garcia by just two shots in 2014, while Ernie Els claimed his second Open title by beating Adam Scott to the post by a shot.
If you don’t fancy there to be a play-off, though, take tempting odds of 7/2 with Sky Bet for the winning margin to be four shots or more.
This is all the more enticing given that the last three Open Championships at St Andrews have all been won by eight, five and then seven strokes.
While Jimenez may miss out on being the top Spaniard, he is a great shout at 13/8 with BetVictor to be the best senior.
He’ll face competition from the likes of 1996 winner Bernhard Langer, two-time runner-up in the 80s Tom Lehman and five-time champion Tom Watson, but he should be able to shake the trio, aged 56 or over, off.
Bookies.com’s best bet – Ian Poulter is top Englishman @ 10/1 with bet365 and BetVictor