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July 2011 - The Open

The Open makes a rare foray down south for the 141st Open Championship, starting on July 14. Betting.Betfair will once again provide betting previews, player profiles and tips both before and during the best major of them all.

The Punter's De-Brief: The Open Championship

Darren Clarke - 2011 Open Champion

After a gruelling week at Royal St George's, 42 year old Darren Clarke wins his first major at his 54th attempt!...

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Steven Rawlings

17 Jul 2011

Open Championship Results: Dazzler Darren achieves Major dream

Open Championship winner Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke wins first major at 20th time of asking with superb performance at Royal St George's......

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Maxliu

17 Jul 2011

Open Championship Update: Fantastic Fowler can be links legend

Rickie Fowler - all white on the day?

It's the final day at Royal St Georges and Darren Clarke is still in the lead. However, the likeable Northern Irishman's dream may be dashed by a certain young American, says Paul Krishnamurty....

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Paul Krishnamurty

17 Jul 2011

The Punter's Live Golf Blog: The Open Championship

Darren Clarke – Can he hang on?

Popular Irishman Darren Clarke takes a one shot lead into the final day but can he hang on?...

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Steven Rawlings

16 Jul 2011

Open Championship Update: Outright and 2-ball tips for 'Moving Day'

Martin Kaymer is yet to produce his best while Lefty could struggle if the rains come

The world's top two may have gone but, at the half-way stage, the Open Championship is a thriller which anyone can win. Paul Krishnamurty tells us who we should keep an eye on between now...

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Paul Krishnamurty

16 Jul 2011

Open Championship Tips: Stick with the bad weather specialists

Will Ian Poulter make your day two bets at Royal St George's

Paul Krishnamurty gets stuck into the second day's three-balls with five bets to consider...

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Paul Krishnamurty

15 Jul 2011

Thomas Levet and the 7 worst golf injuries

Next time Thomas Levet will simply open a nice bottle of champagne.

Dan Fitch takes a look at the seemingly peaceful world of golf and finds hidden dangers at every turn....

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Dan Fitch

13 Jul 2011

The Open Three-Ball Tips: Six of the best for day one

Graeme McDowell can get our Open off to a flier with a win in his day one three-ball

Paul Krishnamurty outlines six groups to follow on day one at Royal St George's with a wager for each - enjoy!...

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Paul Krishnamurty

13 Jul 2011

Open Championship Betting: PGA Tour surprise packages

Is this Lefty's year?

Can Bill emulate his old man? Does Anthony have the game to improve on a missed cut and could this finally be the year that Phil masters links golf? These are some of the questions...

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Dan Geraghty

13 Jul 2011

Open Championship Betting: Look no further than European stars

Has Lee Westwood’s time finally arrived?

Some big outsiders have won this famous championship in the past but Mike Norman believes there's plenty of clues to suggest an in-form fancied star will break his Major duck this week....

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Mike Norman

12 Jul 2011

The Punter's picks for the Open Championship

KJ Choi practising at Royal St George’s today

Steve's gone for a baker's dozen to get the ball rolling but it's all about the weather and In-Play strategies for our man......

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Steven Rawlings

12 Jul 2011

The Open betting: Why Rory McIlroy is a top-five lay

McIlroy has not been seen on a golf course

Is the Northern Irishman value for back-to-back Major successes? Ed Hawkins is not so sure and worries about a lack of preparation...

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Ed Hawkins

12 Jul 2011

The Open First Round Leader Betting: Expect Moore from Ryan

Ryan Moore has a unique swing, an early tee time and a fantastic beard

Romilly Evans take four outsiders to claim a surprise lead after the first round at Royal St George's...

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Romilly Evans

12 Jul 2011

Find Me a 100 Winner: Five huge-priced picks at The Open!

That tiny figure in red is Jeff Overton, practising at Royal St George's this morning

Five of the last 12 champions have gone off at [300.0] or bigger so consider one or more of this quintet for your Open bets...

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Paul Krishnamurty

12 Jul 2011

Open Championship Specials: Top English

Robert Rock – Is he ready to roll?

England's best could all be outshone by the Rock star at Royal St George's......

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Steven Rawlings

12 Jul 2011

The Open Betting: Late arrival Rory can cut it just fine

Rory's in no rush to get to Royal Ste George's

Some have speculated that Rory McIlroy is unwise to arrive at Royal St George's only a day before he tees off. Ralph Ellis explains why he's stciking with the man in form....

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Ralph Ellis

12 Jul 2011

Open Championship Specials: Top US

Rickie fowler – Primed for a great Open Championship according to the Punter

The Punter takes a look at the American challenge at Royal St George's, where he fancies young Rickie Fowler to put in a strong performance.......

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Steven Rawlings

11 Jul 2011

Open Championship Specials: Victory Margin

Are we due another play-off?

Unless they're at St Andrews or Tiger's on song, or both! Open Championships are tight affairs according to the Punter......

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Steven Rawlings

11 Jul 2011

The Betfair Big Interview: Paul McGinley

Vice-captain, captain and prodigy. Paul McGinley shares a joke with Colin montgomerie and Rory McIlroy at the last Ryder Cup.

Paul McGinley is backing Lee Westwood to land his first Major at The Open this week. Betfair sat down for a cup of coffee and a sandwich with last year's Ryder Cup European vice-captain to...

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Ralph Ellis

11 Jul 2011

Scottish Open Result: Donald wins Royal St George's warm-up

Donald will be a hugely popular pick this week

England's world no.1 is all the rage for Open glory after defeating top-class field on the rain-hit links of Castle Stuart...

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Joe Dyer

10 Jul 2011

The Open In-Play Betting Guide: Four ways to make a mint

The 16thmay seem like one of the easier holes but it's had its victims - like Thomas Bjorn (pictured) in 2003

Golf betting on Betfair doesn't stop until the final putt rolls in but check Paul Krishnamurty's In-Play tips before striking a mid-tournament bet...

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Paul Krishnamurty

9 Jul 2011

The Open Betting: Four punting pointers for Royal St George's

Martin Kaymer has winning links form having landed the Alfred Dunhill last October

Hold onto these four punting principles and you stand a chance of finding the 2011 Open winner......

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Paul Krishnamurty

7 Jul 2011

Open 2011: Can Fowler follow in Rory's footsteps?

Can Rickie do a Rory?

With Tiger out and Phil struggling, Romilly Evans looks at where the next great American golfer will come from...

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Romilly Evans

7 Jul 2011

Open 2011: There's no reason not to back Rory

Rory received a warm welcome at Wimbledon last week

The US Open champion will be under a ton of pressure at Royal St George's but Ralph Ellis believes Holywood's biggest star can carry the weight on his young shoulders. Will you back him to...

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Ralph Ellis

6 Jul 2011

Open 2011: Everything you need to know about St George's

Ben Curtis with the Claret Jug he won at Sandwich in 2003

Power and touch are the keys to taming the dragon of St George's, writes Romilly Evans as he looks at this year's much-maligned Open venue and identifies the skills a player needs to win....

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Romilly Evans

6 Jul 2011

The Open Odds: Woods out, McIlroy still strong favourite

Tiger's troubled season took another bad turn when he withdrew from The Open

The three-time Open champion and one time market favourite announced today that he will not play in the 2011 tournament...

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Joe Dyer

5 Jul 2011

Golf Betting: Three links masters for Britain's golden fortnight

Joost Luiten's odds are generous

The golfing world descends on its spiritual home for two weeks of links golf - the game as it is supposed to be played! - so here are three players armed with the skills to...

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Paul Krishnamurty

5 Jul 2011

Open Championship Player Profiles: The best of the rest...

Ben Curtis was the last man to win a Royal St George's Open...

There are plenty of top-quality professionals available at huge odds. Paul Krishnamurty identifies a handful to watch....

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk - a classy performer available at a big price

Odds: [230.0] Last five Opens: mc/34/5/12/4 With four previous top-five finishes to his name, very few Americans have consistently fared better than Furyk in recent Open Championships. His trademark tee to green accuracy should in...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Angel Cabrera

A major winner, yes, but probably not this time

Odds: [170.0] Last five Opens: mc/24/mc/34/7 With both a Masters and US Open title already under his belt, Cabrera has no shortage of majors pedigree, although less so in the Open Championship. Apart from top-tens...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Francesco Molinari

Molinari's record does not scream 'back me'!

Odds: [140.0] Last five Opens: mc/13/-/mc/- Apart from an excellent third place in the WGC event at Doral, Molinari has struggled to reproduce last year's tremendous consistency. His relentless tee to green accuracy should in...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Peter Hanson

Hanson enjoys the major championship challenge - will he make your book?

Odds: [130.0] Last five Opens: 37/24/58/69/- Hanson is quietly building a reputation as one of the most reliable Europeans in major championships. Seventh place at Congressional last month was his third straight top-20 in the...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Bubba Watson

Will Bubba shake the homesickness to make an Open challenge?

Odds: [130.0] Last five Opens: mc/mc/-/-/- A couple of swashbuckling victories have made Bubba a rising star across the Atlantic, but the monster-hitting left-hander will arrive at Royal St George's under something of a cloud....

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Ernie Els

Can Ernie Els 'do a Watson'?!

Odds: [130.0] Last five Opens: mc/8/7/4/3 Something must be seriously wrong with Ernie Els when layers are prepared to offer triple-figure prices for this major. Ernie's Open stats over the past two decades are unrivalled,...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Rickie Fowler

Could this young American follow in Ben Curtis' footsteps?

Odds: [120.0] Last five Opens: 14/-/-/-/- The last Open champion at Royal St George's was a young, American, ex-amateur starlet, still looking for his first professional win. Could Rickie Fowler be 2011's answer to Ben...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Robert Karlsson

Karlsson could be coming to the boil at the right time...

Odds: [110.0] Last five Opens: 14/-/7/mc/35 A couple of recent top-fives on the PGA Tour suggest Karlsson is getting his act together after a slow start to his season. Earlier in his career, Karlsson looked...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Fredrik Jacobson

Jacobson finished sixth last time the Open was played at Royal St George's

Odds: [110.0] Last five Opens: -/70/19/-/- With victory in the recent Travelers Championship ending an eight-year losing streak on the PGA Tour, Jacobson returns to Royal St George's with high hopes. This was the venue...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Alvaro Quiros

Does Big Al really have the finesse needed for an Open victory?

Odds: [100.0] Last five Opens: 11/mc/-/-/- The longest hitter in Europe, Quiros has quickly become a prolific winner of standard tour events, but is yet to make a serious impact in a major. That is...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Justin Rose

Rose has never improved on that Birkdale fourth

Odds: [90.0] Last five Opens: mc/13/70/12/- It is surprising that Rose has never matched the fourth place achieved on that incredible Open debut as a teenage amateur back in 1998. After all, he's gone on...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Ross Fisher

Fisher is a true links lover

Odds: [85.0] Last five Opens: 37/13/39/mc/- Another home player who has slipped down the Euro pecking order since a career-best run in 2009. Fisher is not entirely without recent form though, with a top-ten on...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Hunter Mahan

Hunter is always fancied for the majors but so often lets his backers down

Odds: [85.0] Last five Opens: 37/mc/mc/6/26 If the US are to maintain an excellent record at Royal St Georges, Mahan must rate one of their leading candidates. He certainly has the ball-striking skills to thrive...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Henrik Stenson

Can Stenson improve on two third places in The Open?

Odds: [75.0] Last five Opens: 3/13/3/mc/48 A month ago, few would have even contemplated Stenson as their Open pick, such was the total collapse in his form. However, two highly promising performances at the US...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Adam Scott

Scott has no real Open form but his recent play has been exceptional

Odds: [75.0] Last five Opens: 27/mc/16/27/8 With only one top-ten from 11 previous attempts, Scott doesn't stand out as an obvious Open winner, although his record at Augusta was no better before challenging strongly to...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Louis Oosthuizen

Lightning can't strike twice, can it?

Odds: [75.0] Last five Opens: 1/mc/-/-/mc Given odds of [650.0], plus the fact he'd missed all three previous Open cuts and never bettered 40th in six cracks at the Dunhill Links, Oosthuizen's victory at St...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Retief Goosen

Is Retief finished?

Odds: [75.0] Last five Opens: 6/5/32/23/14 With his career seemingly locked in a downward spiral, the chances are Goosen will never add this major to his pair of US Open titles. He still challenges fairly...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Paul Casey

Paul Casey's poor form has been a rare downer for British golf this year

Odds: [75.0] Last five Opens: 3/47/7/27/71 In an otherwise historic year for British golf, the decline of Paul Casey has been a rare downer. Since winning on the Desert Swing in January, Paul has rather...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Matteo Manassero

Can a teenager really lift the Claret Jug? Matteo Manassero has the game to do it...

Odds: [70.0] Last five Opens: -/13/-/-/- Twice a European Tour winner before his 18th birthday, Manassero is likely to be contending for this and other majors for decades to come. He first truly served notice...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Padraig Harrington

Are the layers right to offer Padraig Harrington at odds of 65?

Odds: [65.0] Last five Opens: mc/65/1/1/mc It seems strange to see Harrington trading amongst the outsiders, given his two relatively recent Open titles and longstanding prowess on links courses, but the formbook is hard to...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Matt Kuchar

Can Kuchar bring his US form to Britain?

Odds: [65.0] Last five Opens: 27/mc/mc/mc/- Kuchar has a solid claim to being most improved player around. Prior to 2009, he'd never bettered 70th place on the PGA Tour money list in a decade of...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Steve Stricker

Improvement is needed but Steve Stricker is once again having a fine season

Odds: [60.0] Last five Opens: 55/52/7/8/- The admirable Stricker has been typically consistent this season, making every cut, winning the Memorial Tournament and only twice finishing outside the top-20. Like so many leading Americans, he's...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

KJ Choi

Kj Choi has had some strong Open performances

Odds: [55.0] Last five Opens: mc/mc/16/8/mc KJ is one of this year's form players with a career highlight victory at Sawgrass, and another excellent showing when runner-up at Aronimink last time out. Choi also challenged...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Ian Poulter

Can Poulter go one better than Birkdale in 2008?

Odds: [55.0] Last five Opens: 60/mc/2/27/mc With the possible exception of Luke Donald, Poulter can lay plausible claim to being the best Matchplay exponent in the world, having won both Volvo and Accenture world titles...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Dustin Johnson

DJ's power game may not be ideal for Royal St George's...

Odds: [50.0] Last five Opens: 14/mc/-/-/- Whilst remaining one of the best up and coming Americans, Johnson hasn't quite recaptured his 2010 form this time around. The fact his career highlights came at Pebble Beach...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Graeme McDowell

He was the planet's hottest - can Graeme regain his world-beating form?

Odds: [46.0] Last five Opens: 23/34/19/mc/61 Given the extensive experience of links golf that McDowell will have gained in his youth, learning the game at courses like Royal Portrush, his record in links tournaments is...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Charl Schwartzel

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel does not boast a links record to write home about

Odds: [44.0] Last five Opens: 14/mc/-/mc/22 Schwartzel emphasised that his Masters victory was no flash in the pan with another top-ten at the US Open, making it five straight top-20 finishes in majors. While Charl...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Jason Day

Fantastic talent but lacking significant links experience - will you be backing Day?

Odds: [38.0] Last five Opens: 60/-/-/-/- This 23-year-old Australian looks every inch a future world number one, and is already building a stellar portfolio in the majors. Day challenged strongly at last year's PGA, and...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Nick Watney

Watney is likely to go off the shortest priced American at the 2011 Open

Odds: [36.0] Last five Opens: 7/27/-/35/- Following his second victory of the season at Aronimink, his odds are in freefall and in all likelihood, Watney will start this year's Open as the shortest priced American....

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Phil Mickelson

Opposing Phil at The Open is a solid strategy

Odds: [36.0] Last five Opens: 48/-/19/mc/22 Having been repeatedly underpriced for previous Opens, the market is at last beginning to reflect Mickelson's glaring lack of links prowess, or form in the British Isles. Despite a...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Sergio Garcia

He should have won at least one by now - can Sergio atone at Royal St George's?

Odds: [32.0] Last five Opens: 14/38/51/2/5 With six Open top-tens this century, Garcia is clearly one of the world's great links players. He really should have won this title at Carnoustie in 2007 and also...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Martin Kaymer

Kaymer has shown a liking for links golf in the past - can he win major no.2?

Odds: [26.0] Last five Opens: 7/34/80/-/- Kaymer's performances on links courses during last year's successful Race to Dubai campaign carried all the hallmarks of a future Open champion. He openly relished the challenge of seriously...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Luke Donald

Is Luke Donald really your idea of an Open champion?

Odds: [19.5] Last five Opens: 11/5/-/-63/35 From a statistical perspective, it is impossible to puncture Donald's claim. He is world number one, has won the World Matchplay and flagship BMW PGA Championship this season, and...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Lee Westwood

Is Lee Westwood getting tired of not quite winning all these majors?

Odds: [13.0] Last five Opens: 2/3/63/35/41 Westwood's name is becoming a permanent fixture on major leaderboards, but the Worksop Wonder has still yet to win one. Third place at Congressional was Lee's fifth top-three finish...

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011

Rory McIlroy

Can Rory make it major win no.2?

Odds: [7.0] Last five Opens (most recent first): 3/47/-/42/- Britain's new sporting hero will arrive at Royal St Georges fresh, having sensibly opted for a break after that remarkable eight-shot victory at the US Open....

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Paul Krishnamurty

4 Jul 2011