EUROPE TO END MAJOR DROUGHT
Europe’s golfers are 7/4 to end their Major drought at this week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Europe’s golfers are 7/4 to end their Major drought at this week’s Open Championship.
Despite dominating the Ryder Cup team competition in the eight years since Paul Lawrie won at Carnoustie, no European has triumphed in the big four individual events.
The Open returns to Carnoustie on Thursday and totesport are offering 7/4 about a European winning the event.
According to the firm, punters are confident the run is about to come to an end with totesport admitting they are facing “huge liabilities” on several high-profile Euro stars.
Spokesman Paul Petrie said: “(Niclas) Fasth, (Colin) Montgomerie, (Luke) Donald and (Sergio) Garcia are our top four losers whilst there has also been good support for the likes of Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Darren Clarke.
“Carnoustie holds good memories as the last course to produce a European winner of a Major and clearly the punters are hoping that it can inspire another win for our golfers.”
Meanwhile, in the outright betting Tiger Woods remains a popular choice to complete a hat-trick of Open titles.
The winner at St Andrews and Hoylake in the past two years was cut again on Tuesday as the last of the 7/2 on offer disappeared.
VC Bet had offered 7/2 on Tuesday morning but come teatime 10/3 was the best price available on the world number one.
Dave Jenkins, of VC Bet, explained: “We had been 7/2 about Woods for the best part of two days. Our golf boys were prepared to take him on and soon the big hitters decided to take us on.
“We ran up a liability of a quarter of a million in just two hours on Monday afternoon, and we had to take evasive action. But this morning we decided to go back up with the 7/2 to let our smaller-staking punters get a slice of the action.
“But the bottom line is that we took another pounding and eventually we had to cut him to 3/1. We have an enormous liability on Tiger and if he was to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday afternoon it will be a pretty horrendous result for us.”
The firm also report a substantial each-way plunge on Jim Furyk – one of Golf365’s tips – at 25/1 and they have been forced to cut their price into 20s.
Justin Rose has also been popular and Jenkins added: “Rose has been the best-backed home golfer with us, and we’ve taken some serious each-way money at 33s, but we are determined to hold the price for the time being.”
Sky Bet were one of several firms to ease Phil Mickelson following reports that his wrist is still causing him concern, despite his runners-up finish at Loch Lomond at the weekend.
He has also proved “friendless” with William Hill who admit they fear a victory for home hope Colin Montgomerie.
Spokesman Graham Sharpe explained: “Despite his failure to make the cut in the Scottish Open last week, Monty is the man the punters want to back for the Open and his have odds tumbled to 25/1.
“He’s joint sixth favourite in the face of sustained support – every other bet seems to have his name on at the moment, and we will certainly be handing over a hefty seven-figure sum to punters should Monty manage to win.”
The second-worst potential result for Hills would be a Luke Donald victory, with Woods and Ernie Els just behind.
In the ever-growing number of special markets, Boylesports are offering 20/1 that the first-round leader (or joint leader) misses the cut.
The bet is based on the fact that Rod Pampling suffered that fate the last time the tournament was held at the Scottish course in 1999.
On a similar 1999 theme, Sky Bet are offering 10/1 that another three-man play-off occurs.
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