This week is gearing up to be one of the best Opens in history. Every single player in the line-up has some great form going into the week. None more so than Justin Rose.
After winning the Quicken Loans National a fortnight ago he followed that with a win at the Scottish Open last week. The only problem now is that he has put a lot of pressure on himself to perform well after his two wins. Rose finished two shots clear after carding a flawless 65 which saw four birdies on the front nine but just the one on the back. He moves up to a career high of third in the world rankings and is every Englishman’s favourite going into the major this week. The great thing about winning back-to-back victories is we now know he has the mind-set to win and win big. Justin Rose tops the odds of 12/1 as the outright winner.
With Tiger back in the picture you can never really rule him out of any tournament even after major surgery. Rory Mcilroy believes it would be daft to rule out Woods and believes the former world number 1 can still produce golf like no other player. Woods sits on respectable odds of 18/1 to win outright, definitely worth a bet.
The Northern Irishman Rory Mcilroy is looking to add to his two major wins and if he shoots a good second round I believe he will win by a large margin. His first round 2014 record is 51 under-par which may sound good until you hear his second round record for 2014 is 9 over-par. He does this on a regular basis. Will shoot course record on the Thursday but he soon reduces the gap between him and rest of the field by shooting in the high 70’s and even 80’s. Mcilroy has also done this in the Open a few years ago at St Andrews where he shot 63 in the First round and followed it up with an 80 on the Friday. Mcilroy has never shot in the 70’s at St Andrews. The two-time major win is 14/1 for the outright winner.
My tip of the day is the American Jordan Speith. Some may argue he hasn’t got the cutting edge at the moment to win a tournament like the British Open but I believe his game is definitely worthy of a major win. He has only won once since turning pro in 2012 and that was at last years John Deere Classic but has since take the golfing world by storm. He played in the last group on the final day at this years Masters but was unable to do any real damage after carding a 72 level par final round. This would have been a major learning curve for the young American and he will certainly learn from his mistakes. Speith is 28/1 odds on to win outright.