This event has a new, enhanced prize fund, courtesy of Betfair. (thank you BCM2)
This is how it works: There are 12 sections You have to pick 1 player or number (depending on which section) for each one. The scores for each selection are listed below. Just put the letters A to L with your choice for each - preferably going downwards, followed by a tie-break answer (ABCD in the right order). The people with the highest scores at the end of the Open will win as follows: 1st - £200, 2nd - £120, 3rd - £80, 4th - £40. to be paid direct into your BF account. There are 2 special added prizes this time too: The lowest cut-maker among entrants – that is whoever finishes exactly halfway in the competition (eg, if there are 500 entrants the one who finishes 250th) will earn £50 And, A token £10 to whoever finishes last. In the event of ties, 2 separate tiebreaks will be operated, if there's still a tie (unlikely), the prizes will be added and divided equally among those involved in the tie. The tiebreak for the £10 last place prize however, will go to whoever does worst in the tiebreak.
The Sections:and some details/clues A. How many will Martin Kaymer score in Round 1 3 points for exact, 1 point if 1 out Par is 70
B. Day 1 Leader: Name the player who will lead the Open at the end of the 1st round. 6 points for the leader, 4 points for whoever's in 2nd, 2 points for being in 3rd. You may need to look at the full list of players (outright winner betting page will do) to pick your selection.
C. How many of the C’s will make the cut?: from the 17 on this list. Only 70 players (+ties) make the cut. 3 points for being right, 1 point if you're one out. A number between 0 and 17 for this section. These 17: A. Cabrera, R. Cabrera-Bello, M. Calcavecchia, C. Campbell, A. Canizares, P. Casey, G. Chalmers, K J Choi, D. Chopra, S. Cink, T. Clark, D. Clarke, R. Cochran, G. Coetzee, N. Colsaerts, N. Cullen, B. Curtis
D. Best 2nd round score. Par is 70. Lowest ever 2nd round score is 63 (M. Hayes, 1977 and G. Norman 1986 – both at turnberry, N. Faldo 1993). 2 points for being right. Choose (imo) from 63 to 75 - but the probability is 65 - 67 (possibly depending on the weather)
E. How many of these 20 in the Top 20 (and ties) at the end of Round 3 4 points for exact, 2 for being out by 1, 1 point if 2 out. Woods, Westwood, McIlroy, Donald, Harrington, McDowell, Rose, Garcia, Mickelson, Poulter, Molinari, Scott, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Kaymer, Els, Mahan, Dufner, Furyk, Kuchar. So, any number between 0 and 20 for your selection, please.
F. Top Australian. At the end of the Open. 3 points for top, 1 point for 2nd, (among the Aussies) Choose from: R. Allenby, A. Baddeley, G. Chalmers, N. Cullen, M. Fraser, A. Hall, B. Jones, B. Kennedy, M. Leishman, G. Ogilvy, A. Scott, J. Senden, A. Townsend
G. Top South African Player: At the end of the Open. 4 points for top, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd. Choose from: T. Aiken, T. Clark, G. Coetzee, E. Els, A. Georgiou, R. Goosen, B. Grace, T. Immelman, J Kruger, G. Mulroy, L. Oosthuizen, C. Schwartzel, R. Sterne, G. Veenstra.
H. Top British Isles Player (including all of Ireland): At the end of the Open. 4 points for top, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd (among the Brits) Choose from: M. Baldwin, W. Bennett, P. Broadhurst, P.Casey, D. Clarke, L. Donald, J. Donaldson, A. Dunbar (a) S. Dyson, R. Finch, R. Fisher, P. Harrington, M. Hoey, I. Keenan, S. Khan, M. Laird, B. Lane, P. Lawrie, S. Lyle, G. McDowell, R. McIlroy, J. Morrison, S. O’Hara, G. Owen, I. Poutler, R. Ramsey, R. Rock, J. Rose, E. Saltman, L. Slattery, S. Tiley, S. Walker, L. Westwood, D. Whitnell.
I. Top European Player: At the end of the Open. 4 points for top, 2 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd (among the Euros) Choose from:T. Bjorn, R. Cabrera-Bello, A. Canizares, N. Colsaerts, S. Garcia, A. Hansen, P. Hanson, G. Havret, R. Jacquelin, M A Jiminez. R. Karlsson, M. Kaymer, P. Larrazabal, J. Luiten, M. Madsen, F. Molinari, A. Noren, T. Olesen, C. Petterson, A. Quiros, M. Siem, M. Trappel (a)
J.Top American: At the end of the Open. 5 points for top, 3 point for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd, 1 point for 4th (among the Yanks) Choose from: K. Bradley, J, Byrd, M. Calcavecchia, C. Campbell, S. Cink, R. Cochran, B. Curtis, J Driscoll, J. Dufner, D. Duval, H. English, B. Estes, R. Fowler, J. Furyk, L. Glover, B. Haas, T. Hamilton, J. Hicks, C Howell III, J. Huh, D. Johnson, Z. Johnson, T. Kelly, M. Kuchar, T. Lehman, J. Leonard, D. Love III, H. Mahan, T. Matteson, P. Mickelson, K. Na, S. Pinckney, T. Potter Jr, C. Reavie, B. Snedeker, K. Stanley, S. Stricker, B. Van Pelt, J. Wagner, N. Watney, B. Watson, T. Watson, M. Wilson, G. Woodland, T. Woods.
K. What will be the outright winning margin? last 3 Opens have been won by 3 shots, 7 shots, and after a playoff. Biggest ever margin, 13 shots (Young Tom Morris, 1862) Choose from: P/O, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 plus. 3 points for being exactly right.
L. What will be the final winning score? Par is 280 but used to be 284, Last 3 winning scores at Royal Lytham were; 274 (D.Duval 2001), 271 (T. Lehman 1996), 273 (S. Ballesteros 1988). In the last 20 years the lowest Open winning score was 267, and the highest 290 (all venues). 5 points for spot on, 3 points for 1 out, 2 points if 2 out, 1 point if 3 out. Choose a number (again, imo) between 268 and 290.
TIEBREAK 1: What will be the total score from these 6 players, on the 1st hole in Round 4 only. Any of them not making it to Round 4 will be considered to have scored 5 L. Donald, P. Mickelson, H. Mahan, G. McDowell, R. Goosen, T. Bjorn. Just put the number of shots they’ll score in total – Par would be 18, assuming they all make the cut I should think a number between 14 and 24, but I could be wrong. Nearest to right gets the win if the tiebreak’s used, and no-one gets it.
TIEBREAK 2: Put these players in their order of finishing. The highest placed of them will get 4 points, 2nd - 3 points, 3rd – 2 points, 4th – 1 point. Please put ABCD – in your selected order. A. S. Bae, B. J. Huh, C. K. Kim, D. K. Na
Other stuff E&OE - If there's a player missing from any of the sections as I've listed them (I don't think I've missed anyone), he will be ignored for scoring purposes. Any ties in any sections, points shared; (eg, if the score is 2 points for 3rd, 1 point for 4th, and there's a tie for 3rd, both will score 1.5) Please put initials with any ambiguous selections (there are 2 Watsons, 2 Johnsons, Clarke/Clarke) any doubt about a selection for a section will score ZERO for that section regardless of the intention. The organiser's (that's me) decision is final. I'll try to update scores and standings at the end of each day's play. Please note you must have a funded and active Betfair account to receive any prize you may win. Entries accepted until 12.00 Midnight, Wednesday 18th July. Good Luck everybody and enjoy the golf
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a)72 b)Chad Campbell c)10 d)67 e)7 f)Adam Scott g)Ernie Els h)Justin Rose i)Marcel Siem j)Tiger Woods k)P/O l)274 Tiebreak1-27 Tiebreak2-DABC
Sorry bout lateness only 11:40 am over here in NZ Thought I still had 20 mins :-)
a)72b)Chad Campbellc)10d)67e)7f)Adam Scottg)Ernie Elsh)Justin Rosei)Marcel Siemj)Tiger Woodsk)P/Ol)274Tiebreak1-27Tiebreak2-DABCSorry bout lateness only 11:40 am over here in NZ Thought I still had 20 mins :-)