The Open returns to 'the home of golf' St Andrews this week and it promises to be a fantastic spectacle. This will a record 29th time that it has been held here. Famed for its deep bunkers, its double greens, the Road Hole and and the Swilcan Bridge this is a course that has everything.
Jordan Spieth comes into the tournament as 7/1 favourite (as low as 5/1 in places) and this seems about right considering his form so far this year. He has already won The Masters and The US Open this year and is currently ranked No.2 in the world. As Rory McIlroy misses this week through an injury sustained playing football, he is the highest ranked player here. Whether or not he can make it three majors in a row (only Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have done this) remains to be seen and at the prices I'm inclined to look elsewhere.
Dustin Johnson will be eager to put the massive disappointment of three putting the last at the US Open behind and he certainly has the game to be in contention here, however he's been the nearly man on a few occasions now and I wonder if that will be in the back his mind.
Rickie Fowler comes here off the back of a confidence boosting win last weekend in The Scottish Open. He had two great tussles last year with McIlroy in the Open and USPGA before coming up just short. If he can continue his rich vein of form and get off to a good start, he can definitely be there or there about on Sunday.
Henrik Stenson hits the ball low and a very long way which is perfect for St Andrews, especially if the wind really picks up. He fell away tamely in the US Open after an impressive first round. He finished tied third at St Andrews in 2010 which shows he can handle the course and therefore I think he has a great chance this week. At best price 25/1 he is one of my choices for sure.
Adam Scott has been reunited with caddie Steve Williams and he seems to come to life in major tournaments. He had a nice run at the end of the US Open and if he hits form again he has an excellent chance. He is a 25/1 chance and I think that represents a little bit of value
Shane Lowry maybe someone that is not necessarily on most peoples radar but he was tied 9th at the US Open and has a wonderful record at St Andrews. He was tied 37th here in 2010 and shot a total of 22 under par in the Alfred Dunhill in 2013. At best price 50/1 I definitely think he's worth a few pennies.
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Tour de France Update
Froome powered up the hors catégorie finish today and left all of his rivals trailing. He has put some serious time into all of them now and is around a 1/10 shot for the GC. It appears that the only thing to stop him would be an accident that takes him out of the race.
Tour de France stage 11 winner - 1 point Ryder Hesjedal @ 18/1
Henrik Stenson - 1/2 a point each way @ 25/1 (66/1 with 888Sport)
Adam Scott - 1/2 a point each way @ 25/1 (75/1 with 888Sport)
Shane Lowry - 1/2 a point each way @ 50/1 (135/1 with 888Sport)