Open Championship: 25/1+ winner
Frank Monkhouse | 23 July 2017
Coral paying EIGHT places each-way
It’s the third major of the year, and for many fans, the best. The 2017 Open Championship gets underway at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, with the 146th champion crowned on Sunday. Sky Sports screen the action live, and you can mark the occasion with a winning bet at Coral.
Click here to have your say on a number of markets, including outright champion, group winners, 2 and 3 balls, and first round leader. Dustin Johnson goes into the week as market leader, but we cast our eyes down the list in an attempt to find a big price winner. Here’s three worth keeping close…..
The shortest price of the three, but still a very capable player, trading at very nice odds. The ever-reliable 41-year-old Swede won this title last year, handing in a winning score of 20 under par. Stunning, and a tally that would’ve seen him bank the prize money in most of the recent renewals. An effort anywhere near that will see him go very close again. He has a real task on his hands going for two-in-a-row, but it’s not impossible and Coral’s 25/1 will be more than enough to catch the attention of fans. Henrik has served his time at this level, and that experience can’t be ignored. That remains his only major success to date, but would a repeat come as a surprise? Certainly not to us.
Another previous winner, taking the title home in 2013, and another with experience to spare. Lefty has a fantastic record in this tournament, and he could very well have won again last year, with just a little more luck. The 47-year-old American led after two rounds and went on to end as runner-up, beaten three stokes by Stenson. Phil loves playing golf in this part of the world and, unlike Stenson, has proven his worth many times at the top level, that Open title sitting alongside three Masters tournament wins, most recently in 2010, and a PGA Championship gong. Is his best golf behind him? Perhaps. Is he still capable of winning this at 40/1? You bet.
Finishing up with the biggest price of the trio and we have our fingers crossed for an English winner at Southport. Poulter was runner-up in 2008 behind Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, missing out by four shots. That’s the closest he has come so far, but he’s good enough to improve a place this year. Back at this venue the 41-year-old will be confident, and thankfully for followers, Coral’s traders are giving out a massive 66/1. He booked his invite with the kind of no nonsense graft we have come to expect from him throughout his career, and that same work-ethic will see Ian put pressure on the leaders again.