Open Championship Betting: Best value bets from the side markets

Henrik Stenson looks good value to be top Swede

The Punter takes one last look at the side markets before the off. Are you with Steve? Is Sergio worth opposing?

"I really like Henrik Stenson in the Top Swedish Market. He played superbly last week in Scotland and with the only exception of Jonas Blixt, all his rivals are out of form and/or have injury doubts and anything over 3.02/1 looks more than fair."

I like to spend time on the Open Championship months in advance and most of my wagers in the outright market were placed well in advance of this week but getting to grips with the myriad of side markets has to be done last minute.

I've already set out a case for Yes in the Hole-In-One market, Freddy Couples to be Top Senior and a Playoff in the Victory Margin market and my colleagues have looked at various other markets too, so do make sure you check out our Open Championship Section

There are so many markets to choose from and so little time to study it's quite easy to get in a bit of a muddle but unperturbed, here's my last ditch attempt to round up the best of the value.

The Top Italian, Top German and Top Danish markets are all just matches and I'd be very surprised if all three favourites won so I wouldn't put anyone off putting singles on the three outsiders and hoping that at least two win for a nice profit.

I really like Henrik Stenson in the Top Swedish Market. He played superbly last week in Scotland and with the only exception of Jonas Blixt, all his rivals are out of form and/or have injury doubts and anything over 3.02/1 looks more than fair.

He's a point bigger in the Top Scandinavian Market but as I've backed both Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Finland's Mikko Ilonen in the outright market, and given that Thorbjorn Olesen loves links golf, I'd stick to the Top Swedish.

For those that like to lay rather than back, Hideki Matsuyama may be slightly short now in the Top Japanese Market. He's been, quite rightly, well-touted this week - some shrewd judges have even played him in the outright - but there's a danger he's been over-bet now and at less than 3.02/1, with seven experienced rivals to beat, he looks worth taking on.

And so does Sergio Garcia in the Top Spaniard Market.
Miguel Angel Jimenez and in particular, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, are more than capable of a good week and his other three rivals, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Alvaro Quiros and Eduardo De La Riva are able adversaries too; but the man that could beat Sergio is Sergio. 

His links pedigree is immaculate and he's a popular choice in the outrights for many but he hasn't been himself since his unsavoury fracas with a certain Mr Woods and for me, a disastrous week is just as likely as a brilliant one with unpredictable Sergio and he has to be taken on.

Well, that's it, I think that's covered just about everything and all that remains now is to wish everyone good luck. I'll be back tomorrow night with a look back at round one. How exciting!

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