British Open betting tips & predictions – the 147th British Open Championship returns to Carnoustie Golf Club in Angus, Scotland. It will be the 8th Open Championship played at Carnoustie having first hosted the tournament in 1931.
Golf has been played at Carnoustie since the early 16th century. The original 10-hole course opened in 1842 and was designed by Allan Robertson with the assistance of Old Tom Morris. In 1857, Old Tom Morris returned to extend the course to 18 holes.
James Braid oversaw alterations in the 1920s before local man James Wright completed the finishing touches prior to the Open Championship of 1937. He was responsible for redesigning the final three holes, aiming to “toughen them up”.
The course is infamously nicknamed “Car-nasty” due to its difficulty, especially in bad weather conditions. Carnoustie is considered by many to be the most difficult course on the Open rota and one of the toughest courses in the world. As Sir Michael Bonallack (current President of the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) put it,
“When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain. And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest”
If there is any doubt that the course is the most difficult on the Open roster, there is no questioning that the closing three holes are brutally tough. The 16th is a 245 yard Par 3 played into the prevailing wind and on the 17th & 18th you have to cross the snaking Barry Burn no less than five times. The burn comes into play from the tee on both holes and on approach to the closing hole.
Carnoustie is a long, narrow golf course and at 7,421 yards (Par 72) is the longest on the Open rota. The strong winds which blow along the exposed links coast plays a huge factor in the ‘Carnoustie-experience‘. The layout’s infamous bunkers form part of the formidable defense of this famous links and are strategically placed to capture any wayward shots.
Carnoustie first played host to the Open Championship in 1931 and the winner was Tommy Armour. Other winners of the Claret Jug at Carnoustie are Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999) and Pádraig Harrington (2007). The last three championships were all won in playoffs.
The 1999 Open Championship is best remembered for the collapse of French golfer Jean van de Velde, who needed only a double-bogey six on the 72nd hole to win the Open. He proceeded to score a triple-bogey seven to tie Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard. Lawrie went on to win the four-hole aggregate playoff.
This is a course that examines every element of a player’s game. The layout demands length and accuracy, careful strategy and nerve
In 2007 Padraig Harrington emerged victorious in a four hole playoff with Sergio García. Harrington had a one-shot lead over García approaching the 72nd hole. The Irishman proceeded to put two shots into the Barry Burn on his way to a double-bogey 6.
García, playing in the final group, reached the 18th with a one shot lead over Harrington. The Spaniard bogeyed the hole after missing a putt from just under ten feet, setting up the playoff.
Patience will be key this week. Players will need to take their medicine after wayward shots and deal with whatever presents. More importantly, it will be imperative to capitalise on scoring opportunities when they arise. An ability to play in the wind is a prerequisite. Greens will be missed so players will need to scramble well and have a better than average week with the putter.
Carnoustie is a course that suits a player with superior ball-striking skills and in particular those who drive the ball long and well from the tee. This week is all about being mentally tough, minimising unforced errors and capitalising on scoring opportunities when they present.
Like with all the Majors, it is worth holding back some wager money to have a bet in running after 36 or even 54 holes are completed.
British Open Betting Tips 2018