2015 Open Championship
Published: 10:36 15/07/2011
Today's second round at the 2011 Open Championships sees Martin Kaymer made favourite by the bookmakers in the outright winner market. Kaymer is currently 2-under-par after 4 holes played through on his second round, and the former World Number One finds himself just 3 shots behind the lead, and par for the round so far.
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The German Kaymer had been as long as 30/1 during the first round of golf played yesterday at Sandwich in Kent, however, after a first round of 68 he has been carried to the top of the pile by the bookmakers, backing the former world number one at best price of 12/1 ahead of first round leaders Thomas Bjorn (20/1) and Tom Lewis (50/1) and also pre-tournament favourites Rory McIlroy (14/1), Lee Westwood (22/1 at StanJames) and Luke Donald (20/1).
Kaymer joins a large group of competitors at 2-under-par for the first round, including 2010 US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell and the Scottish Open's runner up Fredrik Andersson Hed. While only five men managed better first rounds, including Thomas Bjorn who led on his own for some time, despite playing through some of the worst conditions.
Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy is now second on the bookmaker's list following a poor first round by his standards, which was off set by his collection of two bogeys from the first three holes. McIlroy is currently six shots behind the lead and must close that gap today to keep himself in contention, and bookmakers believe he can do that by offering odds of just 12/1 for the Ulsterman to close the gap and take the Claret Jug on Sunday.
The End of Round leader market sees Lucas Glover favoured following his bright start today, finding himself 5-under-par, joining Lewis and Bjorn after 9 holes. Though the market will constantly shift throughout today's play, so keep your finger on the pulse of this year's Open and back on your choice for the leader at the end of the second round of play. Thomas Bjorn and Webb Simpson are breathing down Glover's neck, with over night leader Bjorn to tee off later this afternoon and Simpson recording at 4-under following the first.
Elsewhere in The Open you will find the 2011 US Masters Champion, Charl Schwartzel at 20/1 best price at SkyBet and Paddy Power, to take his second Major title of the year following a bright start to his second round. Schwartzel finds himself 2-under-par after 6 holes, and could easily push on to contend for the lead today with a string of birdies.
Also, 47-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez should not be forgotten after his impressive display yesterday with the Spaniard available currently at 28/1 in the outright market, that could be all to change depending on whether the veteran can follow up with a strong second round effort.
Finally, the English hopes for the tournament that once rested squarely on Lee Westwood and Luke Donald's shoulders are now shared by young amateur Tom Lewis who was tied for 1st following an incredible first round, Lewis finds himself currently 4-under-par following five holes, but a good run through the back 9 could easily change his fortunes. Bookmakers back Donald currently as the best English chance at the Royal St George's at 20/1, starting the day 1-over with a late tee off at 14:21.