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2015 Open golf betting preview

2015 Open golf betting preview

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Open Championships.

Spieth leads a strong overseas Open challenge

Were it not for an ankle injury sustained while playing football then we’d be talking about the world number one and reigning Open champion Rory McIlroy as the favourite for this week’s tournament. In his absence, the man everyone has to beat is Jordan Spieth.

The 21 year old Texan has already won both the Masters and US Open this year and is one victory away from equalling Toger Woods’ record for tournament wins before the age of 22. He comes into this tournament having shot a career best 61 on his way to winning last year’s John Deere Classic and it’s frightening how good his form is.

Spieth is a worthy favourite at 6/1.

Rickie Fowler‘s missed cut at the US Open ended a stunning run of form in Majors. The 26 year old has recorded six consecutive top 20 finishes in the Majors before his failure at Chambers Bay but comes into this year’s Open in great form having won the Scottish Open last week.

Fowler birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th to finish 12 under par and win his first European Tour title. After his one shot win he said: “I don’t know what’s so special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at Gullane.

“There are a few things we can tighten up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and getting into contention.”

Fowler finished in a share of second place at the Open last year and should go well at 16/1.

It’s surely only a matter of time before Dustin Johnson wins a Major and the American has a decent record at the Open. The 2011 runner-up has finished in the top 15 in four of the last five years and has been in decent form on the PGA Tour this year. He was T12 the last time the Open was staged at St Andrews and can go well at 12/1.

Jason Day‘s record at the Open isn’t great although the Australian looked to be back to his best when finishing T9 at the US Open. Day is 20/1 while Louis Oosthuizen is 22/1 to repeat his 2011 Open triumph at St Andrews.

Can an Englishman end a 23 year wait for an Open title?

Nick Faldo’s 1992 win was the last time an Englishman won the Open Championship and despite recent near misses for Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter a win is overdue.

Luke Donald has halted his recent decline of late and his form coming into the Open Championships is good. The 27 year old has shot eight consecutive rounds in the 60s which was enough to qualify for The Open at the Travelers Championship and to finish joint seventh at last week’s Scottish Open.

“The form feels like it’s really coming back,” Donald said. “I am getting a lot more consistency in my game which is something I’ve been lacking over the last year or so. I am excited about my game and I feel like when the putter really clicks I am going to be up there challenging for tournament wins.”

Donald finished 11th the last time The Open was staged at St Andrews in 2010 and could be a good each-way bet at 90/1.

Justin Rose shot the lowest runners-up score in Masters history to finish in second place in April and, of course, the former US Open champion has great memories of the Open having finished in a share of fourth place as an amateur in 1998.

Rose missed the cut the last time the Open as at St Andrews but I expect him to go better this year at 18/1.

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