After the Masters and the US Open, it is now the UK’s turn to host a golf Major, at the Royal St George’s golf club in Kent and with the rise and rise of Ulsterman, Rory McIlroy, online bookmakers are licking in their lips in anticipation of the start the tournament, 14th July until 17th July.
In the UK, punters are fiercely patriotic and golf betting will be huge for the Open in July after a new British and European hero emerged, 22 year old Rory McIlroy in the US last weekend. The Northern Ireland born golfer’s 8 shot win in Maryland was his first Major and there are already whispers of a Tiger Woods style ascendancy, so betting will be huge that he can claim back-to-back golf Majors.
Many online bookmakers will be offering a free bet or even bets as well as ‘best odds’ guarantees for some of the Open’s markets in order to entice punters, who fancy opening an account and making a bet on the 2011 Open golf championship on the internet. Punters should always choose who to bet with on the internet carefully, picking a reputable online bookmaker, like 888sport, guarantees a level of service and trust as well as a good introductory offer and great odds.
Recent results put McIlroy as favourite for the Open Championship at 11/2, followed by Westwood at 10/1 and Tiger at 14/1. Tiger Woods has one of the greatest records in golf history, second only in Majors, but he has yet to win big since his return from a self-imposed sabbatical. Tiger has slipped down the world standings a tad but quality shines through and despite his recent lack of golfing silverware, he is one of the best value bets at 14s and as third favourite, highlights how highly he is regarded. If I were going to offer predictions on the event, I would heavily fancy Tiger who rises to the occasion in fixtures such as this and is always there or thereabouts in the final round.
However, many of the most people’s predictions is that McIlroy will take his first Major on European soil although there will be strong European competition from Germany’s Martin Kaymer, South African Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and UK favourites, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Any of these top quality players is worth a bet, especially after seeing some of the highlights of the US Open, they all are capable of lifting the famous claret jug.
For those who are new to internet betting with an online bookmaker, live Open golf Championship betting could make things easier. Watch the Open as it unfolds on the television, internet or even over the radio and then make a bet in play on 1 of many markets to choose from. The odds change all the time for the markets but it doesn’t take a great predictor to pick a winner or two when the outcome is happening in front of them.
Whatever results from the Open, whoever tops the final standings, it remains one of the sporting fixtures of year and a bet with 888sport could make it even more exciting.