The Open Championship is almost here and what a task it has to live up to last years event at Royal Troon. The duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson was one of the finest exhibitions of golf you are likely to see in your lifetime. Many have compared it to the Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977. With the former Nicklaus saying it was a better performance and showing. If you had offered Mickelson a 65 before his final round last year he would have bitten off your arm to take it as that surely would be enough to win by a few shots. Even with Mickelson producing a faultless 65 it wasn’t enough as the super Swede Stenson shot a life changing 63. The watching world shared a collective gasp for air as Stenson sunk a 20 foot birdie for the win on 18. Records are there to be broken and you never know what is waiting around the corner. The Open Championship moves on to Royal Birkdale which is considered the fairest test of golf out of all the host venues on the Open roster. It measures 7, 156 yards and is a par 70. Most of the big names coming into this tournament are in woeful form and definitely aren’t going in as favorites. Dustin Johnson hasn’t played a weekend of major golf since last years championship at Royal Troon and Rory Mcilroy has missed 3 cuts out of his last 4 events. Out of the last 10 Open Championships 8 have been won by players over 35 years old. When the wind blows and the sun shines it is always difficult to predict a winner. What is guaranteed is entertainment on another level.
Jordan Spieth (+1400 BetOnline.ag)
Spieth is coming off some a sensational finish at the Travelers Championship where he holed out from the bunker to win in a playoff. He is no stranger to links golf as he finished for a tie of 4th in 2015 at St. Andrews. Spieth is one to watch this week.
Louis Oosthuizen (+3300 BetOnline.ag)
Playing in wind requires an incredible amount of skill not to alter your rhythm or tempo. If there is one man whose tempo never changes that’s Louis Oosthuizen. The South African is already a major winner and always up there during the Open.
Tommy Fleetwood (+2500 BetOnline.ag)
Tommy Fleetwood returns as the hometown hero this week and will thrive on the support. The Merseyside born Fleetwood has been in phenomenal form and will definitely be there or thereabouts come Sunday afternoon.
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