The 148th Open Championship tees off on Thursday at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland and as ever it is a great competition from a betting point of view, with a huge number of opportunities to bet on.
It is the first time since 1951 that the Open has been played in Northern Ireland and it would be an understatement to say there is a lot of excitement in Ireland about the championship returning to its shores.
The event was sold out almost instantly after tickets were released and over 200,000 spectators are expected through the gates this week. The weather is forecast to be reasonable – for Northern Ireland anyway(!) – with some rain over the course of the four days but not much in the way of wind.
The course itself is very highly regarded and has received rave reviews from the pros this week. It should provide a fair test, with the winning score expected to be between 10 and 15 under par according to former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.
The Open betting market not surprisingly has Rory McIlroy as favourite at 9/1, with the local man having shot 61 around Royal Portrush when he was just 16 years old, a quite incredible feat. Brooks Koepka is next in the betting at around 11/1 with an exceptional record in the majors over the last couple of years.
If you are looking for some tips for the week, we can recommend the following tipsters:
- – Golf Betting Expert – has made his members an excellent £250 profit per month on average since starting to just £10 stakes.
- – The Golfing Guru – over £1,500 profit to just £10 stakes with an excellent return on investment of over 30%.
- – SJP Golf Tips – has made over 1000 points profit since starting up in 2015 and that has been made with an incredible return on investment of over 35%.
It is a good week for the punters, with bookies offering up to top 10 positions for a place (with Skybet, William Hill, BF Sportsbook, Paddy Power and Coral).
And bookies offering 8 places include Bet 365, Betfred, Betway and a number of others.
Good luck if you do have any punts this week and let’s hope for another enjoyable week of golf watching from the links.