Where: Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
When: Thursday 14th July (3:00pm first tee)
The Americans call it the “British Open”. People from the U.K call it “The Open” and in Australia its known as “The Open Championship”.
As confusing as the title may be, one thing that is clear is the venue. Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland will host the 145th Open. This will be the 9th time hosting the event. The first time dates all the way back to 1923. The course itself is a traditional seaside links course that will play much shorter on the front nine.
Royal Troon is unique because its home to both the shortest and longest holes in Open Championship golf. The shortest is the 8th hole named “Postage Stamp” which measures at just 112m but don’t let the length fool you. If you miss the tiny green you’re in trouble. Tiger Woods found that out the hard way back here in the 1997 Open.
The longest hole is the 6th named “Turnberry” which measures at 601 yards or about 550m. If the wind is prevailing it can be reached in two. However, most will take three or more before they have a putter in hand.
According to the sports books there is now a “big four” when it comes to the betting markets. With back to back wins at the U.S Open and the WGC-Bridgestone, Dustin Johnson has now joined the likes of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as the tournament favourites.
The last Open at Royal Troon was in 2004 and it was won by American Todd Hamilton (approx. $1000-1 shot). Hamilton got up-and-down from 40 yards away with a hybrid club to defeat Ernie Els (tournament favourite) in a four-hole playoff. However, such a “long shot” winning at Royal Troon is a rarity. Previous champions include Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf and Justin Leonard.
The key to winning at Royal Troon will be off the tee (Driving). That’s why I would like to see a shot tracer on every tee box, just like broadcasters FOX did with the U.S Open. I believe golf channels parent network NBC has the media rights and I doubt they would turn away from traditional golf broadcasting, which is a shame.
The weather southwest of Glasgow can be as fickle as the game of golf itself. The forecast is for scattered showers with intermediate winds. However, it always feels more intense on the coastline or standing over a golf ball for that matter. Here’s who I think will hold the Claret Jug in 2016.
I’ve been patiently waiting for this guy to get his s*** together. He always had the most potential and now he has a taste for winning. The 32-year-old has expressed his desire to become world number 1 and he is just one spot away from doing that. He is a monster off the tee, ranked 2nd in driving distance at 312.5 but he is also ranked 1st in strokes gained total and scoring average (69.15).
Tip: Dustin Johnson to win outright - $10 at CrownBet
This is one of the stronger years I can remember for the Spaniard. He won the Byron Nelson and finished 5th in the U.S Open. He is driving the ball long and straight (ranked 18th in Total Driving) and hitting a truck load of greens (71.32% ranked 2nd). His ball striking has never been a problem, he just needs his putter to get hot.
Tip: Sergio Garcia to win outright - $29 at CrownBet
The big Irish Lad is playing some great golf. He finished 2nd in the U.S Open and looks like a real threat at the moment. He doesn’t really have a weakness in his game and drives the ball very well (ranked 9th in total driving). He is currently ranked 26th in world golf rankings and I wouldn’t be surprised if he cracked the top 10 by years’ end.
Tip: Shane Lowry to win outright - $41 at CrownBet
The main reason I like the Englishman this week is his driving ability. He drives the ball consistently long (averaging 296.3) and also very straight (hitting 62.80%) of fairways. This is a recipe for success at Royal Troon.
Tip: Paul Casey to win outright - $67 at CrownBet
Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly. Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!
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