Open Championship Tips: Each-way selections for the season's third Major

Fowler has the perfect game for an Open Championship test

Betfair's Sportsbook product is paying out on six places at this year's Open Championship, so we asked Betting.Betfair's golf contributors for their each-way selection ahead of golf's toughest test...

"This has been a solid year for Fowler with some notable high finishes – and just two missed cuts – and with few weaknesses in his all-round game Muirfield offers a fine target for his first major win."


Joe Dyer says: Back Rickie Fowler @ 34.033/1

We've seen enough from his three visits to The Open that Rickie Fowler can play links golf, and he's a fair each-way bet at 34.033/1, though he was 51.050/1 over the weekend. Fourteenth on debut in 2010, Fowler was fifth at Royal St George's in 2011 and 31st last year. That's significant for this tournament because when searching for an Open winner we need someone who can handle this specific test of the game and the 24-year-old clearly has that. This has been a solid year for Fowler with some notable high finishes - and just two missed cuts - and with few weaknesses in his all-round game Muirfield offers a fine target for his first major win.


Mike Norman says: Back Sergio Garcia @ 29.028/1

Way back when Sergio Garcia hopped and skipped up the Medinah fairway after hitting a miracle shot from behind a tree, not many would have predicted that 14 years later the Spaniard would still be without a Major trophy. But winless he remains, though without question his best performances have come at Open Championships. He has recorded a very impressive seven top-10 finishes since 2001, his game and shot-making ability perfectly suited to links golf. This season he has looked close to his best at times, and with that in mind, plus his Open Championship record, he is very much a top-6 contender this week.


Dan Geraghty says: Back Branden Grace @ 76.075/1

Branden Grace ticks a lot of boxes this week, the South African is in fine form and has a game perfectly suited to links golf; his remarkably low ball flight is perfect for a windy links, as he showed when winning the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. There's no doubt this week at Muirfield will be mentally taxing - every shot, every yardage will require complete concentration. Caddies will, therefore, be more important than ever. Grace has recently enlisted the help of one of the best in the business, Billy Foster, and their partnership reaped instant dividends with a second place finish at last week's Scottish Open.


Paul Krishnamurty says: Back Graeme McDowell @ 26.025/1

With Muirfield certain to be playing firm and fast, my idea of the winner is somebody with an accurate long game, who scrambles well and has proven top-class links form. Given the stellar names to have won previously here, a touch of class offers a further clue. Graeme McDowell fits that profile better than anyone else. He grew up playing links golf, has won three times in three months, challenged for 63 holes last year and is already in the elite major winners club. Gmac' temperament under pressure, illustrated perfectly when winning the Open de France from the front last time out, points towards further major titles and Muirfield represents his best chance yet in the Open to date.


Steve Rawlings says: Back Ernie Els @ 29.028/1

Defending champion, Ernie Els, missed the cut at Troon in his first Open Championship, way back in 1989 so he doesn't lack for experience. Since then the Big Easy has built up the most impressive record in the event, finishing inside the top-10 on 13 occasions, inside the top-five nine times and winning twice. Last week's missed cut in Scotland was a bit disappointing but in his two previous outings he won the BMW Invitational in Germany and finished fourth at the US Open. Nick Faldo won back-to-back Open Championships at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992 and Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington have both successfully defended the title in the last seven years so a victory for Ernie this week is perfectly possible.


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