Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott look the pick of the favourites when the third golf major of the year takes place this week
Tiger Woods will be the star attraction at Hoylake this week although it is one of his first and second round playing partners that could overshadow the 14-time major winner.
Henrik Stenson has never won a major although the Swede finished second to Phil Mickelson twelve months ago and has regularly demonstrated an aptitude for links golf, which should see him go close at the Royal Liverpool Club.
Stenson is an 18/1 chance with BetVictor to win the 2014 Open and he has really raised his game in the last twelve months which has seen the 38-year-old win the FedEx Cup and essentially cement a place in the European team for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Having swerved the Scottish Open last week, Stenson spent more time at Hoylake establishing a firm knowledge of the course and putting all elements of his impressive game together should see the Swede among the places.
While Stenson is the most attractive golfer to win the Open, perhaps it is Adam Scott who looks the most solid from an each-way point-of-view given the Australian’s amazing consistency which has seen him go close in this tournament for the past two years running.
Nobody can forget his capitulation which led to Ernie Els stealing the Claret Jug two years ago, while Scott wasn’t far away when Phil Mickelson won a year later and the player meets the course form criteria after an 8th place finish in 2006. Scott is currently the World Number 1, having enjoyed excellent form in 2014 with 6 top 10 finishes out of 10 tournaments this year, including his last 3 events.
He won the Crown Plaza in May and his worst performance of the year was 38th place in the Players Championship.
You can get 16/1 with bet365 and we think that Scott and Stenson represent a stern pairing against the field, although Jim Furyk is hard to ignore at odds of 66/1 and the American has also proved himself on link courses. Having finished second to Martin Kaymer in the Players Championship, Furyk illustrated his great form in 2014 and hasn’t missed a cut all year which means he’s the final pick against the field at odds of 66/1 with William Hill.