To truly take advantage of our tips below we'd suggest placing your bets with these 3 bookmakers - naturally you'll qualify for the excellent new account offers by using the 3 links above. Our tips are based on a 10 points total stake so, for instance, if you're looking to stake £50 in total on The Open then 1 point would be £5 and so on. Finally, before pushing on with tips, here's some links to our other Open Championship content: For our preview of the tournament and contenders click here; for our 5 best 3-figure longshots and outsiders click here; for our superb 'double your money' top 20 tips click here; and for our world-famous Golf Predictor click here.
So, who is going to win? Well, there's plenty to consider! Tiger Woods is heading for a personal hat-trick of St Andrews Opens after winning in 2000 and 2005; Padraig Harrington is also looking for a hat-trick of his own after wins in 2007 and 2008; Phil Mickelson will become World number 1 if he wins; GMac and Justin Rose are on fire at present and Rory McIlroy is surely a future World number 1; amongst the others, many are fighting for Ryder Cup places and a good finish here will be extremely valuable. You've also got some course history to consider as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is also played around here with 2 of the 4 rounds on the Old Course. Plus of course there's the weather to consider (which looks pretty rough!) and the course changes....throw that all into the pot and we've come up with the following:
Harrington's credentials are there for all to see - back to back winner of the Open Championship in 2007 and 2008 says it all. Paddy's slipped down to number 15 in the World following a baron spell after capturing the 2008 PGA Championship and choosing to rebuild his swing, however signs of a return to form in recent months are encouraging. 5th on his last start at the Travelers and another 3 top 10 finishes in the US this term suggest that he's getting to grips with his new swing and returning to St Andrews - the scene of his 2006 Alfred Dunhill Links victory - should fill him with optimism. Far from disgraced at Pebble Beach with a top 25 finish, the predictor #1 selection this week is a worthy choice, particularly if you go for the 'no lose' option with 888 Sport. Alternatively you can pick up Padraig Harrington at 25/1 with William Hill (£25 free bet available here: William Hill £25 Free Bet) RESULT: M/C
Last year's champion is more than capable of putting up a fighting display to retain the Claret Jug and the 100/1 on offer with 7 places being paid is just unmissable. Can history repeat itself? Woods won back-to-back in 2005/06; Harrington won back-to-back in 2007/08; Cink finished 8th at Memorial in 2009 before winning The Open....guess where he finished this year? Yes, 8th again! Call me superstitious but things happen in threes...There's a little more substance to this tip than just trends though: The 2009 player of the year got to the quarter finals of the World Match Play earlier this season and top 10 at Memorial (on a tough course) is positive form. Finished 6th behind Harrington at the 2007 Open too and will relish the chance to prove last year wasn't a fluke. RESULT: T48
Rose is playing the best golf of his career at present, of that there's no doubt, and will be looking to better his best ever finish of 4th position at The Open over a decade ago as a young amateur - he's never had a better chance in my opinion. With Ryder Cup qualification still on his mind, a positive showing here will undoubtedly impress an already mightily impressed Colin Montgomerie. Won the Memorial and the AT&T, plus should have won the Travelers in between times, and if he carries that form forward will be in the mix for sure. Whether he has quite enough to win is my doubt, however 11/2 for a top 5 with ties being paid in full by Extrabet is far too good to miss. If you like this type of bet then don't miss our 'double your money' top 20 tips here: Open Championship Top 20 Tips RESULT: M/C
You tend to find that a relatively unknown (to the European audience at least) American pops up on the leaderboard at The Open and this year it could well be the turn of Ryan Moore. Moore has both eyes on a place on the Ryder Cup team and a positive result this week gets him closer to the top 9 standings for selection. Finished an impressive 14th at Augusta in April and won his first PGA Tour event last season at the Wyndham; on top of that finished top 10 at both the 2009 US Open at Bethpage Black and the 2006 PGA Championship in Medinah. You'll find more 3-figure longshots like this here: The Open Longshots RESULT: M/C
Finally, this is our 'saver' bet. The 2000 and 2005 winner may have had his issues off the course in recent times, however the fact is he loves St Andrews - winning at a canter on both occasions he's played here in The Open. The beauty of this bet is that, because of Extrabet's excellent account opening offer, you can cover off all of your 10 points if Tiger does win as Extrabet double the odds of your first bet up to a stake of £25, meaning you'll get 10/1 returned. For more information check out our example of how this would work on Tiger Woods: Extrabet double odds. Alternatively you can pick up 13/2 on Woods with a £25 free bet at William Hill: Hills £25 Free Bet RESULT: T23
Bookmaker odds and new account offers correct at 21:00BST 14.7.10 but naturally subject to fluctuation.
The 2010 Open Championship is almost here and there couldn't be a more fitting venue than returning to the home of golf, St Andrews, for the 28th time. The betting sub-plot is as thick as ever: favourite Tiger Woods has continued to drift in the market from as short as 2/1 a couple of weeks ago to 13/2 with William Hill at the time of writing (click here for a £25 free bet with William Hill); with Phil Mickelson also easy to back at 18/1 it's the European contingent - Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in particular - who have been attracting a lot of the early money.
The key to betting - and making a profit - on a Major tournament like this is not only about picking the right players, but also picking the right bookmaker to bet with. To help you out we've put together a list of the best Open Championship offers here: bargain betting guide. For our tips we've focussed on 3 bookmakers who are each offering excellent value this week giving you the best opportunity to make an overall profit. Firstly, Paddy Power who are offering a range of excellent prices and, crucially, are paying 7 places each way - plus offer a free £20 bet when you wager just £10; secondly, Extrabet who pay out in full for ties in the top 5, top 10 and top 20 markets and are offering £100 in free bets; and finally 888 Sport who are offering a truly risk-free £20 no lose bet for new customers.