Fun With Lines: 2014 British Open Edition
In my newest feature, I take a look a at a specific bet and break down the lines to provide some entertainment and insight on how to make some money. Future bets are extremely underrated in my opinion as there’s always some value to be obtained.
The 2014 Home Run Derby was a success as Yoenis Cespedes completed the rare repeat. I’m taking credit for this as I provided a confident green on the Streak for the Cash pick involving the three favorites.
Now we turn to golf, more particularly the third major or British Open (aka The Open Championship). The Open returns to Hoylake Royal Liverpool this year. The last time the tournament was here, in 2006, Tiger Woods grieved his dead father and beat Chris DiMarco by two shots.
What do we need to know for this year? No worries, I have you covered:
Not the Same Hoylake
Back in 2006, England was in the middle of a drought and Royal Liverpool showed off the effects. It was a very dusty and dry golf course with minimal wind. You can expect almost the opposite conditions this year as there should be plenty of wind to go along with deep rough and deep bunkers. Woods somehow won the tournament in ’06 by using his driver only two times. That won’t happen this year.
The Top 10 According to Bovada
Adam Scott (+1200)
Justin Rose (+1400)
Henrik Stenson (+1600)
Martin Kaymer (+1600)Rory McIlroy (+1600)
Tiger Woods (+1800)
Phil Mickelson (+2000)
Graeme McDowell (+2500)
Sergio Garcia (+2500)
Rickie Fowler (+3300)
Let Your Money Fly
Adam Scott (+1200) – The Australian has been great at the Open with a top three finish the last two years. Additionally, he did tie for 8th at this course back in 2006 (even though I mentioned it would be different now).
Henrik Stenson (+1600) – Three top threes in his last five tries at the Open and itching for a major win.
Sergio Garcia (+2500) – Not too often can you find Garcia putting well, but that’s what he’s been doing of late. It’s really the only thing he needs to do well in order to win the British Open, his best shot at a major. This is where my personal money would be.
Don’t Bet Here Unless You’re Filthy Rich
Justin Rose (+1400) – The popular pick after following up a playoff win at the Quicken Loans National with a win at the Scottish Open. He’s a solid pick, but too trendy in my opinion.
Tiger Woods (+1800) – You must be a serious Tiger fan if your willing to put some serious money down on a guy who’s fresh off back surgery and without a major victory in a long time.
Rickie Fowler (+3300) – The kid creeps closer and closer to relevance with each cut made in a major, but I’m fairly sure he doesn’t have the stuff to win an Open Championship just yet.
Feeling Super Lucky
Keegan Bradley (+8000) – Bradley is one of the best young players in the game and if he’s putting well, he can have an unlikely contention this weekend.
Ernie Els (+10000) – Want to make a quick fortune? Els is definitely at the tail-end of his career, but if he was to win again, it would be the Open Championship.
Who do you have winning the 2014 British Open or Open Championship as the Brits would call it? Please let me know by shooting me an email at email@example.com or connecting with me on twitter at @NickGrays44.
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