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Third round
scores for
The Open Championship

Jordan Spieth -11
Matt Kuchar -8
Austin Connelly -5
Brooks Koepka -5
Branden Grace -4
Hideki Matsuyama -4
Dustin Johnson -3
Henrik Stenson -3
Chan Kim -3
Rafa Cabrera Bello -3

Final round
odds for

The Open

Jordan Spieth 1/4
Matt Kuchar 4/1
Brooks Koepka 22/1
Hideki Matsuyama 33/1
Branden Grace 45/1
Dustin Johnson 45/1
Rory McIlroy 60/1
Henrik Stenson 70/1
Austin Connelly 100/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1
Ian Poulter 300/1
Rickie Fowler 300/1
Ross Fisher 400/1
Alex Noren 500/1
Chan Kim 500/1
Richie Ramsay 500/1
Sergio Garcia 500/1
Andrew Dodt 750/1
Andy Sullivan 750/1
Bubba Watson 750/1
Ernie Els 750/1
Jason Day 750/1
Jon Rahm 750/1
Joost Luiten 750/1
Lee Westwood 750/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 750/1
Paul Casey 750/1
Soren Kjeldsen 750/1
Thomas Pieters 750/1


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Review & Betting Guide for The Open


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The third major of the year is upon us and Royal Birkdale plays host to the 146th Open Championship. Birkdale, has one of the most iconic clubhouses in golf, opened in 1935, unchanged apart from periodic refurbishments, and standing imperious above the 18th green.

The original Birkdale Golf Club was founded in a house back in 1889 and moved to the Birkdale hills from its first home on Liverpool Road five years later. JH Taylor and Frederic George Hawtee were given the commission of creating a tough but fair test of golf in 1922, and their philosophy was to layout holes in the valleys and between the sand hills, which gives some fantastic vantage points for spectators.

Royal Birkdale has a unique claim to fame: Tom Watson, at the height of his game, won his fifth Open Championship here in 1983. No one believed that he wouldn’t go on to equal Harry Vardon’s record of six Open Championships, but like Peter Thomson back in 1965 Royal Birkdale proved to be the scene of his last Open victory.

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My tips to win:

After just watching Rickie Fowler 18/1 – with 188Bet – finish the Scottish Open to finish inside the Top 10 his short game is looking as sharp as ever and I think that will stand him in good stead come next week at The Open. Rickie has gone into the final rounds of the first two majors of this year in great position but hasn’t broken 70, I think he will have learned a lot from those final two rounds and I fancy his chances at Royal Birkdale this week.

During an interview at the Irish Open Justin Rose 20/1 – with Coral – talked about his new putting grip and how he feels more comfortable and if a few more of those putts had dropped that shaved the hole, well lets just say he was saving them up for this week at The Open. But for a pushed tee shot in a play-off at Augusta this year I feel Justin would have added the green jacket to his US Open victory. Coming back to Royal Birkdale where he announced his name on the world stage with that chip in on the final day on the final hole in 1998, I feel destiny maybe fulfilled this week.

Local lad Tommy Fleetwood 25/1 – with SportingBet – will know exactly what is required around the links of Royal Birkdale and will know more about this course than most plays teeing it up here this week. Tommy comes into The Open in fantastic form with two wins, two runners up and he has only been outside the Top 10 once in six starts. His forth place finish at last months US Open shows he can now produce on golfs biggest stage.

My each-way tips:

It was great to see Adam Scott 33/1 - SportingBet – recover from his third round 78 at the Scottish Open and hit back with a final round of 68, which should see him arrive at Royal Birkdale in confident mood. Adam had a Top 10 at the Masters and missed the cut at the US Open and I do feel Scott thinks he has unfinished business at The Open after a back nine meltdown at Royal Lytham St Annes in 2012 and will be looking to put that memory to bed this week.

That third round 3-wood to a couple of feet on the final hole of the third round at last months US Open should have set up Justin Thomas 66/1 – with BetVictor – march to victory, but his final round 75 see him drop out of contention. That pain runs deep, as Justin has missed the cut in his last two starts. Thomas certainly has the game to win major championships and his three wins from his first six starts on the PGA Tour – where he was only outside of the Top 8 once – shows he certainly knows how win and I feel there is unfinished major championship business this week.

My outside tip:

This has been a toss up between Padriag Harrington 80/1 – with 32 Red – and Ian Poulter 80/1 – with 118Bet – all week, but watching both finish at the Scottish Open I am going to go with Padraig who will have finished in a positive frame of mind after firing a final round 66 to finish inside the Top 5. Harrington also had a Top 20 in the states a few weeks ago and those memories of winning The Open at Royal Birkdale in 2008 can only add to his positive frame of mind.

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