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Betting on the Open Golf Tournament
Not that many people bet on horse races but when the Grand national comes around people flock to their local bookmaker to punt on a horse, picking their target through a variety of methods including the jockey, the trainer or sometimes just the name. Golf is similar in that The Open is the one tournament of the year guaranteed to get wall to wall coverage, especially if a brit is on the leader board. Not only that but bookmakers around the world will be offering prices all year long so you can take an advanced punt if you the think the odds will shorten.

At first sight there is not much to the Open, just pick the winner. But there are plenty more bet types available that allow you to use your skill at shorter odds, narrowing the choice to things you understand better. With so many players arriving to these shores from around the world you may not know many of them, so the match bet is perfect for having a bet on the better of two players you actually do know.

Golf Match Betting
A really simple bet on the outcome of which player will finish the tournament in the highest position. Most of the time the odds will be close to Evens but check with your bookmaker's rules to see if they are offering 'tie no bet'. Tie no bet means you get your money back if the two players finish on the same score. Some bookies price the draw at 14-1 and so you lose your player win bet if there is a tie.

If you are going to venture into golf betting then get yourself started with a bookmaker offer for added value. And as the Open is most often in Scotland, this year being at Carnoustie in Angus, why not take advantage of the Mcbookie free betting offer as they specialise in Scottish betting markets.

Group Betting
Slightly more difficult is betting on the winner of a group of players. Four or five players of roughly similar perceived talent will be pitted against each other, like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm. Odds will range from 3-1 to 11/2 for such picks and you have your own mini tournament within a tournament. Here ties do count so if your player is equal first then dead-heat rules will apply.

Outright Betting
Most difficult but potentially the most rewarding is finding the winner of The Open. Notoriously difficult in some years with Ben Curtis winning in 2003 at 1000-1, it can also be the truest test of skill with the 2017 winner being the best player on the planet at the time, and favourtie in single figure odds, Jordan Speith. Of course you may not know all of the players in the field but a quick look at their world ranking will give you a good idea of their current level of play. You can of course go deeper by looking at the player's stats on the European or PGA tour websites to find who fits the course. The Carnoustie course is long and narrow so accurate driving will reward players as straying off the fairway will get you into a lot of trouble.

The Open being the biggest golf tournament of the year means there will also be all sorts of other betting markets available, like top Australian, or top Englishman, or best amateur, or even what the winning score will be. Beware tempting bets like the no hole-in-one bet. It happens more often than most people think, in fact its more likely to happen than not. Just ask Miguel Angel Jimenez who currently has 10 holes-in-one on the European tour alone.
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