2015 Open Championship
Published: 10:19 11/07/2011
Following his comfortable and confident Scottish Open victory yesterday, Luke Donald has seen a host of online bookmakers rethink his chances at next week's Open Championships at Sandwich. The world number one had been as long as 22/1 following a medicore showing at the recent US Open, but now online bookmaker totesport offer best price of 12/1 for the Englishman to take The Open, with a host of others offering even shorter odds.
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Luke Donald blitzed the field with a final round of 63 in which he quickly stormed to the top of the leaderboard and only furthered his lead as play continued at Castle Stuart. The Englishman started four shots behind the leaders at the start of the day, though he narrowed the gap to just one as he completed his second round of 67. The World Number One then secured his first win of his reign with an error-free round of 63, the best round of his European Tour career, to finish four clear of his closest challenger on 19-under-par.
Elsewhere in the field, Fredrick Andersson Hed shot an astonishing 62 to finish 10-under for the day to secure himself 2nd place outright at 15-under, just ahead of a pack of 7 all at 14-under. The leader after round 2, Graeme McDowell suffered a disappointing round of 74 to leave him well clear of the leaders at 9-under, on a day he'd rather forget in Inverness.
World Number Two Lee Westwood finished proceedings with a respectible 68, but never really looked to challenge Donald throughout the day. Lee Westwood has been made second favourite by the bookmakers at best price of 11/1 to win The Open outright, though will have to pul out all the stops in order to do so.
Elsewhere, we found out that Colin Montomerie would miss The Open for the first time since 1989 as he failed to secure the top five finish he needed, despite a promising start to his third round.
The win came just at the right time for Donald, to recement his World Number One status and gather some much needed momentum ahead of The Open. Donald will have to create history if he is to win next week however, with the winner of the Scottish Open never having gone on to win The Open Championships the following week. The Englishman also has the oppertunity to land his first major title and no better time than when you are on top.
Though Donald has undoubtedly impressed many with his calm mannered victory at the Scottish Open, there is still only one Bookies favourite - Rory McIlroy. After the Ulsterman's dominant victory at the recent US Open, and strong three day showing at Augusta earlier in the year, bookmakers believe he can do the same in Sandwich and back him as their 7/1 favourite. However, even if McIlroy does manage to land back-to-back majors he cannot now go to number one, such is the significance of Donald's win yesterday afternoon.