The third Major Championship of 2014 takes us to Hoylake, or the Royal Liverpool Golf Club to give it its correct name.
Tiger Woods held the Claret Jug aloft in 2006 when the Open was last played here and he’s in the field again this week.
The leaderboard in 2006 featured, apart from Tiger Woods at the top, Chris DiMarco in 2nd, Ernie Els in 3rd, Jim Furyk in 4th, Sergio Garcia in 5th, Angel Cabrera in 7th and Adam Scott in 8th so this points to it being a real ball strikers course.
|Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England|
|Course Architect: Robert Chambers and George Morris (1869)|
|Acres of Fairway: 25|
|Greens: Bentgrass; fescue; Poa annua; average size: 5,500 sq.ft.|
|Stimpmeter: 10.5 ft|
|Last 10 winners|
|Oddy Oddy Oddy Recent and Course Form Ratings|
|9||Rafa Cabrera – Bello||72.9||$126||Bet365|
Below were the standings after each round in 2006.
I like the preparation of Graeme McDowell for this, with a week off following his victory in the French Open. When he won the USOPEN in 2010 he did so after a week off which followed a victory on the PGA Tour. He was 5th in the Open in 2012.
1 point Graeme McDowell at $29 with
Shane Lowry has been in the form of his life on the European Tour and has a 2nd place and a 4th placed finish in his last 6 starts. His last two Open results were 32nd last year and 37th in 2010 and he’s in much better form now and plays links golf very well.
1/2 a point each way Shane Lowry at $101 (1st 7 places) with
Thomas Bjorn has always looked like a possible Open Champion and has five top tens to his name in the event. He finished 4th in 2011 after leading and is also in great form this year.
1 point each way Thomas Bjorn at $56 (1st 7 places) with
There has been a trend towards older players winning the Open with Els, Cink, Clarke and Mickelson in recent years and there would be no more popular winner this year than the charismatic Spaniard, Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Jimenez has top 30 finishes at the Open in each of the last five years including a 9th and two 13th place finishes. He’s been in great form this year.
1/2 a point each way (1st 7 places) MA Jimenez at $91 with
Bets 5, 6 and 7.
Top American: 1 point on Jason Dufner at $29 with
Top European: 1 point Miko Ilonen at $41 with
Top European: 1 point Matteo Manassero at $56 with