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Five players who can win The Open Championship


Spieth leads contenders as he chases next leg of Grand Slam at St Andrews with McIlroy missing from Open Championship

With The Open Championship fast approaching and news that Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won’t feature through injury, take a look at five players who can possibly win the tournament, which returns to the prestigious home of golf; St Andrews.

Jordan Spieth
Impossible not to mention, after winning both majors of the year so far. He is 13/2 with Sky Bet for victory, and definitely worth considering. Flawless at Augusta for the Masters and resilient at Chambers Bay during the US Open, Spieth has demonstrated maturity beyond his years at just 21 to quickly rise to the top of the game.

Louis Oosthuizen
Having won the tournament in 2010, the South African golfer could be coming into form at the right time, especially after finishing in joint-second at Chambers Bay. At 25/1 with Ladbrokes to win, it is surprising that Oosthuizen’s odds are so long, and he should be right up there challenging on the last day.

Shane Lowry
Ireland’s representative put in a good performance at the US Open, tying with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day and had more shots gone his way, it could have been a different story. Closer to home, Lowry looks good as a 50/1 shout with to win, and out of all the long shots, is probably the one worth considering seriously.

Tiger Woods
There is going to be one tournament soon when you wished you have backed Woods at long odds. When at his best, he can do things with a golf club that probably only great magician of the game Seve Ballesteros came close to. His 30/1 odds with bet365 are reasonable, and he has won The Open on three occasions previously.

Phil Mickelson
After finishing joint-second at the US Masters, Mickelson suffered slightly at Chambers Bay. However, that tends to be his game and, as a result is due a good tournament and historically performs well at The Open, as demonstrated when he won at Muirfield in 2013. At 35/1 with punters shouldn’t dismiss him lightly. top tip: Ooosthuizen is an awesome price at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

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