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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)
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,312
Acres of Fairway: 25
Greens: Bentgrass; fescue; Poa annua; average size: 5,500 sq.ft.
Stimpmeter: 10.5 ft
Last 10 winners
   
2013 Phil Mickelson
2012 Ernie Els
2011 Darren Clarke
2010 Louis Oosthuizen
2009 Stewart Cink
2008 Padraig Harrington
2007 Padraig Harrington
2006 Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods
2004 Todd Hamilton
Oddy Oddy Oddy Recent and Course Form Ratings
     
Rank Player Rating Odds Bookmaker
1 Henrik Stenson 83.1 $17 Sportingbet
2 Adam Scott 82.7 $17 Bet365
3 Jordan Spieth 81.3 $41 Sportingbet
4 Sergio Garcia 76.3 $26 Sportingbet
5 Shane Lowry 75.2 $101 Sportingbet
6 Dustin Johnson 74.7 $36 Bet365
7 Angel Cabrera 73.3 $76 Bet365
8 Webb Simpson 73.2 $101 Sportingbet
9 Rafa Cabrera – Bello 72.9 $126 Bet365
10 Thomas Bjorn 72.6 $56 Bet365
11 Phil Mickelson 72.3 $26 Sportingbet
12 Hideki Matsuyama 72.2 $67 Bet365
13 Keegan Bradley 71.1 $91 Bet365
14 Martin Kaymer 70.7 $23 Bet365
15 Ryan Moore 69.1 $126 Bet365
21 MA Jimenez 69.8 $91 Bet365
16 Tiger Woods 68.8 $23 Bet365
17 Stephen Gallagher 68.4 $101 Sportingbet
18 Graeme Mcdowell 68.3 $29 Bet365
19 Danny Willett 68.3 $151 Bet365
20 Brandt Snedeker 68.3 $51 Bet365

 

 

Below were the standings after each round in 2006.

Round 1

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 Round 2

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Round 3

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Final Round

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Bet 1:

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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 Screenshot 2014-05-03 13.10.10

 

Bet 2: 

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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 Screenshot 2014-06-13 14.59.08

 

 

 

Bet 3:

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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 Screenshot 2014-05-03 13.10.10

 

Bet 4: 

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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 Screenshot 2014-05-03 13.10.10

 

 

Bets 5, 6 and 7.

Top American: 1 point on Jason Dufner at $29 with Screenshot 2014-05-03 13.10.10

Top European: 1 point Miko Ilonen at $41 with Screenshot 2014-05-21 12.49.05

Top European: 1 point Matteo Manassero at $56 with Screenshot 2014-05-21 12.49.05

 

 

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