The Open 2010: Casey In Contention Despite Road Hole Drama
Bookmakers are offering free bets and special offers for 150th Anniversary Open Championship at St Andrews from 15 July – 18 July.
World number ten Paul Casey played himself into contention for Major glory on Sunday despite succumbing to the perils of The Road Hole.
Casey had played a superb round as he stood on the 17th tee having made five birdies on the outward nine and no blemishes on his card.
But his crisp ball striking vanished as he drove his tee shot into deep rough, leaving him to hack his way to a triple bogey seven.
Casey said afterwards: "It wasn’t a great tee shot and when I got down there I was just trying to go sideways. There was no way of going forward.”
Casey missed the ball with his first attempt to play out of the rough and after playing his fourth to the side of the green, three putted. However he remained confident when reflecting on the round.
"To be honest, I’m not even that frustrated with what happened on 17. If you had told me I’d be in the clubhouse on six under I would have bitten your arm off, especially with the conditions we were warming up in this morning."
The 32-year-old English hope responded by blasting a huge drive to just short of the green and two putting for a three under par 69 to be well poised at 6 under par at half way.
Boylesports are offering betting odds of 10/1 for Casey to win his first major here at St Andrews, who can watch from the clubhouse as the afternoon winds play havoc with his competitiors scorecards.