Author: Graham Tower
2015 Open Championship
Published: 12:18 13/07/2013
The Open championship is one the top events for bookmakers to acquire new customers and punters can expect to find a great selection of Money Back Offers and promotions.
New Paddy Power customers will be paid on the first ten places for making their first bet with the Dublin based bookie an each way bet on the Open, in addition to qualifying for up to £250 free bets.
188Bet will refund losing outright tournament winner bets up to £50 if Tiger Woods wins the Open. Ladbrokes have taken their Money Back offer a stage further and will refund losing outright bets up to £25 if an Englishman wins the Open. That means punters will have 17 players as potential insurance, including Justine Rose, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
Available exclusively to mobile customers, Betway will refund losing outright bets up to £50 if a British player wins the Open which adds major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke as potential stake savers for Open golf punters.
The Open returns to Muirfield after a gap of 11 years where current champion Ernie Els will bid to win the Claret jug for the third time in his career.
Muirfield was the venue of 43-year-old Els last major victory in 2002 before his dramatic success at Royal Lytham & St Annes last July. Els is generally priced at 28-1 by bookmakers to complete the remarkable achievement of back-to-back Open wins and consecutive successes at Muirfield.
World number one Tiger Woods heads the betting market at 10/1 and the three-time Open champion will be hoping he doesn’t get caught out by the weather again. Tiger was in line for the Grand Slam until getting caught in the wind and rain to card his worst ever score of 81 in the third round at Muirfield eleven years ago.
Justin Rose (20/1) arrived in Scotland in buoyant mood after his first major win in the US Open last month and his success could inspire Lee Westwood (28/1) and Luke Donald (28/1), arguably the best English players never to win a major.
Masters champion Adam Scott (22/1) is hoping to go one better than last year after finishing second to Els in the 2012 Open. Ulster duo, Rory McIlroy (25/1) and Graeme McDowell know what it takes to win a major but will need to overcome poor recent form.
From the US tour Phil Mickleson (25/1) has been warming up on the links at Castle Stuart and will fancy his chances after finishing second in the 2011 Open at Royal St Georges. Brandt Snedeker (40/1) is the same age as Scott and Rose who both their first major this year and the American will be hoping it’s a good omen after finishing third at Royal Lytham twelve months ago.
Before plunging in, punters should check out the place terms on offer for the Open Championship. A quarter odds for the first five places is the standard for golf betting but most bookmakers will offer to pay at least six places on the Open.
Bet365, Betfred, Boylesports, Ladbrokes, Sportingbet, Stan James and Totesport will all pay ¼ odds 1,2,3,4,5,6. Paddy Power and William Hill are offering ¼ odds the first seven places and BetVictor is topping then all with ¼ odds the first eight.