Thu, Jul 20, 10:43am by Head Editor
The 146th British Open tees off on Thursday night Australian time at Royal Birkdale in England, and while we have already compiled a preview, and our best bets, we haven’t covered the vast array of prop betting options, until now.
Sportsbet is offering a wide range of prop betting options, and better yet, offering the punter a chance to request a bet through the twitter handle #BYOBritishOpen, and the list is already a quite amusing one.
There’s $2.50 on offer for the winner to have an ‘A’ in their name and be leading after any one of the opening three rounds. How about the Household Kitchen? where you need American’s Stewart Cink and Daniel Berger and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo to all finish inside the top 20 for a collect of $221.
My personal favourite though is Phil Mickelson to offer a gift to a fan after hitting them with a ball, which gets you an $11 return. The caveat is that is must be caught on TV.
If you are going to scour the prop betting markets, then it is worth noting that the experts are saying it will be very tough, especially in the early rounds, for the US based players.
The course located just 27 kilometres north of Liverpool, is a challenging one, and while accuracy off the tee is always important, it is even more crucial at this links layout. Each hole has tough bunkering, and players will have little chance of recovery should they miss the fairways.
The European tour players are expected to have an advantage, as they’ve recently played in both the Irish and Scottish Opens, which were played on very similar layouts to Royal Birkdale.
One of the European tour player’s worth considering is England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who grew up within walking distance of the course. He’s at $26 and is in good form too, having finished 4th at the US Open.
The Englishman also features heavily in the prop betting market, including the Tiiimmbbeerrrr option, where you need Chris Wood, Alfie Plant, Toby Tree and Fleetwood all to finish in the Top 40, for a handy collect of $321.
The 128-year-old course is preparing to host the Open Championship for the tenth time and the first time since 2008. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington saluted on that occasion, and is at $51 to replicate that this weekend.
Henrik Stenson is the defending champion, and is a $31 chance to be the first back to back winner since Harrington in 2008.
Adam Scott is at $29 to become the first Aussie to lift the Claret Jug since Greg Norman in 1993. Jason Day is quoted at $36, while our leading player at the last major – the US Open – Marc Leishman, is at $51, in what is a very open market.
If you are feeling very patriotic, then take all 11 Aussies to Make the Cut, which nets you a cool $701. As of Thursday morning, Jordan Spieth is a $13 favourite to lift the Claret Jug for the first time, but why not tweet #BYOBritishOpen and ask them to create a market for him to make a Condor – a hole in one on a par 5.
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