Open Championship: Best Of The Side Markets7 min read
All the attention is fixed on Rory McIlroy as the favourite attempts to win the Claret Jug in front of his home fans at Royal Portrush. But there are so many different markets to scour for value in addition to the outright betting for the Open Championship.
One of the special bets on offer worth taking advantage of is McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm all to finish in the top ten at generous odds of 8/1. The cases of Koepka and Rahm have already been put forward as tips in the outright preview. Koepka has finished inside the top two of his last four majors and Rahm is a two-time Irish Open champion.
McIlroy has the pressure of favouritism on his shoulders but it would be a surprise if the Northern Irish star failed to challenge this week. He famously shot 61 as a 16-year-old at Royal Portrush and has a tremendous record at this major. McIlroy has finished inside the top five of his last four Open appearances, including his victory at Hoylake in 2014. With two wins already this season, another strong week and a top ten looks well within his sights.
Meticulous Scott should be in the frame
Adam Scott has prepared meticulously for this week as he tapped into the local knowledge of Darren Clarke during three practice rounds in Northern Ireland. The Australian comes into this week on a run of three successive top tens including eighth at the PGA Championship and seventh at last month’s US Open.
Scott squandered a four-shot final round lead at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 2012 as he finished runner-up to Ernie Els. But this was the start of four consecutive top tens at the Open and he should feature this week at Portrush. His last victory came in 2016 but his claims for another top ten are hard to argue against at 11/4.
Rafa Cabrera Bello has found top gear this summer and heads into this week’s major with confidence soaring. The Spaniard tied for third at the BMW International Open and was leading on the final day at the Irish Open before slipping back to fourth. His rich vein of form continued last week with ninth place at the Scottish Open.
Cabrera Bello is 44-under-par for his last 12 rounds and heads to a track where he enjoyed success in the 2012 Irish Open. A tie for second is the best course form of anyone in this week’s field and he should step on to the first tee with a swagger. Cabrera Bello, who was fourth at the 2017 Open at Birkdale, is notoriously difficult to get across the line but rates an excellent bet at 5/1 for the top ten.
Jazz could be on song in Ireland
Jazz Janewattananond may not be a familiar name yet but the 23-year-old comes into the Open as currently one of the most consistent players in the field. The Thai golfer has won twice this season including the Singapore Open – a tournament which featured Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick and Sergio Garcia.
His last nine starts have seen him finish inside the top 26 and this includes a superb effort for 14th place at the PGA Championship in May. Janewattananond will have gained so much from his week at Bethpage Black and tees off in Ireland with momentum. His coach Pete Cowen, who helped Gary Woodland win the US Open last month, is a major asset in his team and the improving talent looks worth backing at 10/1 to finish in the top 20.
Two things to know about Jazz Janewattananond who currently sits on the leaderboard at the #PGAChamp
1. He has qualified for Royal Portrush through The Open Qualifying Series Singapore
2. He is a wizard 🧙♂️ pic.twitter.com/ICu6KUQhQ6
— The Open (@TheOpen) May 19, 2019
Zander Lombard is still waiting for his first win on the European Tour but the South African could surprise this week at the Open. Lombard has positive vibes from playing in the country, contending at the Irish Open this month on his way to a tie for ninth. It was not a one off either as he finished sixth on his first start in the tournament last year.
Another pointer which suggests Lombard could make an appearance on the leaderboard is his run to the final of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush in 2014. Lombard’s positive experiences, both at the course and in Ireland, has to give him an edge which suggests 12/1 on a top 20 finish could prove a shrewd bet.
Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm to finish in the top ten at
Adam Scott to finish in the top ten at
Rafa Cabrera Bello to finish in the top ten at
Jazz Janewattananond to finish in the top 20 at
Zander Lombard to finish in the top 20 at