With 10 places being paid for each-way bets at this year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush the betting.betfair team provide a quintet of selections for what is the season's final Major
"Stenson played 71 of the 72 Scottish Open holes without dropping a single shot."
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 10 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Thorbjorn Olesen @ 100/1
A Ryder Cup star with form from all the right courses, Thorbjorn Olesen looks a good fit for Royal Portrush and a big price at 100/1 on the Betfair Sportbook. Tied for 15th in his warm-up event (the Irish Open) the Dane has produced a standard mix of good finishes alongside a smattering of missed cuts. Look back on his past results and a win and a runner-up spot at the Alfred Dunhill Links really stand out as do high finishes in windy Desert Swing events in Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Olesen is often overlooked a touch due to his hit-and-miss form and that again looks the case.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Adam Scott @ 25/1
With ten places on offer, Adam Scott's odds stand out. Here is one of the most consistent Open performers, with 11 top-30 finishes and only one missed cut since 2003. He's in fine form this term, twice finishing runner-up in the States and nothing worse than 18th on his last five outings - all in elite events. I reckon the keys to success at Portrush will be approach play and scrambling - both of which the former Masters champion has excelled at lately. His iron play in recent weeks has been outstanding and he ranks fourth for strokes gained: around the green. Given his form and links pedigree, the place part of this each-way bet - 5/1 about a sixth top-ten finish - represents superb value.
Steve Rawlings: Back Andrew Johnston @ 200/1
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston got off the mark on the European Tour at one the toughest venues in the world - Valderrama - in 2016. He followed that success with an eighth-place finish at the 2016 Open Championship, and very soon, Finchley's finest, with his broad welcoming smile and his monstrous beard, became an overnight sensation in the States, with cries of 'Beef' echoing out everywhere he went. An understandable loss of form followed all the newfound attention and Johnston's mental health struggled as a result but he's back with a bang if his tied fourth in the Scottish Open last week is anything to go by. His blog entry on the European Tour before the Irish Open details his mental struggles and he was very emotional after yesterday's sensational 62 in Scotland which booked his place in the field. Few in the field will feel they have less to lose this week than 'Beef' and another top-ten is far from impossible. Take that chunky 200/1 and get cheering for Beef!
Joe Dyer: Back Eddie Pepperell @ 66/1
As Paul Krishnamurty points out in his essential guide to the leading Open contenders, Eddie Pepperell can really play the links game and I'll get him on the team for this week's test. The last few weeks have shown us that links courses can seem a little feeble without the weather causing problems, but this should be a stiffer test than the Scottish and Irish Opens and Eddie's affinity to the conditions should give him an advantage. Already a top 10 finisher in this Major and with some of his best performances coming on home soil this rising star looks well worth the investment with 10 places paid.
Mike Norman: Back Henrik Stenson @ 28/1
Hentrik Stenson played brilliantly from tee to green at last week's Scottish Open and looks very much back to the form he showed when demolishing all bar Phil Mickelson in the 2016 Open Championship. He ranked second for Driving Distance and first for Green In Regulation in Scotland but that no means tells the full story. His iron play was superb as he played 71 of the 72 holes without dropping a single shot. But for a stone-cold putter during his back nine on Friday and all of Saturday he surely would have went very close to winning. I can see the popular Swede relishing this week's test at Royal Portrush and I expect him to stay out of the long grass and find greens all week long. If he takes last week's form to Northern Ireland then I can't have him not finishing in the top 10, and if his putter warms up then I think he'll go extremely close to winning.
Steve Rawlings and Dave Tindall got together to discuss the Open Championship in more detail:
2019 Season P/L to date: -£183.80
- Scottish Oepn, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75
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