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13 Jul 10 20:35
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Tiger Woods: Runaway winner of the last 2 Opens held here in 2000 and 2005 but has had his injury/personal problems since then- he is obviously not happy with his game and is changing his putter for this week
A poor performance to overcome lto when finshing +4 and Tied for 46th in the At+T National, a tournament which he won last year on a different course
Has finished Tied 4th in both the US Open and Masters and if anyone can come back from a poor performance its Tiger but at 7.6 currently on here is not for me but come Sunday evening it could look a very big price indeed

Rory McIlroy: Put in a stunning final round performance to win the Quail Hollow Championship in stunning fashion with a 62 in the final round in May- Started the season well on the Europeantour with a 3rd and a T6 in his 1st 2 tournaments but bar his win has been a rather disappointing season so far for him form wise as he seems to be lacking consistency with 5 missed cuts including the Masters and US Open but put in a good final round again wen T4th in the French open last week- likes the course though, read last week that he has never shot over 69 anytime he has played it(no stats to back that up though) a definite contender but at 18? Too short imo
He will no doubt win a few majors imo but has a lot to prove yet

Phil Mickelson: Winner of the Masters and Tied 4th in the US Open this year, T60th, T11th, T40th on his 3 visits to the Open at St Andrews- doesnt have the best record in this though and bar a 3rd in 2004 and 11th in 2000 has been well down the field on al other occasions

Ernie Els: 3rd in the US Open and T18th in the Masters - Been in great form this year with 2 wins and 3 top5 finishes on the PGA Tour- Has a great record in this event, with no less than 12 Top 10 finishes, including one win, 3 seconds and 2 thirds- a leading contender here once again

Lee Westwood: 2nd in the Masters, T 16th in the US Open- has nt looked the most confident when in contention but did win the St Jude Classic in June beating Robert Karlsson in a ply off, Karlsson missing a short putt to win it. A poor final round has cost him a few times but he has been very consistent overall with 5 top 10 finishes on the PGA tour and 3 on the europeantour, 3rd last year and 4th in 2004 in this, doesnt have the best form at St Andrews in this, 96th, 64th and 81st on his 3 appearences

Reteif Goosen: Poor showings in both The US Open and Masters - has 5 top 10 finishes on the PGa TOur this year and one on the europeantour. 7 top 10 finishes in this including a 4th here at St Andrews in 2005, could be a lively contender

Padraig Harrington: 4 top 10s on the PGA tour this year but poor showings at the 2 majors so far, missed the cut at the Masters and was T22 at the Us Open, 2 times Open winner in 07 and 08 with top 5 finishes in 05 and 97
Finished 20th in the only Open he played at St Andrews, if he can cut out that one bad round that seems to be constantly poppin up lately he could have a big say again

Justin Rose: The form golfer in the World at the moment with 2 wins in his last 3 tournaments and threw away a winning position in the other(wen i was on!!!) with a 75 in the last round, been playing some excellent stuff and putting has looked very good, 4th as an amateur in 1998, 12th in 2007 and 13th last year, could be worth a bet for 1st round leader

Graeme McDowell: US Open and Wales Open winner this year with 3 other top 10 finishes as well 11th here in 2005 when he played excellently in the final round shooting a 67- if in the same form as his Us Open win should be there abouts

Others of interest:

Ian Poulter: Started the season well Winning the Accenture Matchplay and was 2nd in the Abu Dhabi- being disappointing since but was T10th in the Masters.
Missed the cut last year but was 2nd in 2008 and 11th here in 2005

Vijay Singh:Has sown a revival in form lately with 3 top 15 finishes in his last 4 tournaments- was 2nd in this in 2003 and has played in the open 4 times at St Andrews
1990 - T12
1995 - T6
2000 - T11
2005 - T5

Gregory Havret: 19th in 2008, he was 2nd in the US Open just beaten by 1 shot, overpriced

Tom Watson: Deserves a mention after last years near miss- 5 times Open Champion, massive performances in the Masters and Us Open wen finishing T18th and 29th


1.5pts e/w Ernie Els 20/1 6 places
1pt e/w Retief Goosen 55/1 6 places
.5pts e/w Ian Poulter 33/1 7 places
.5pts e/w Vijay Singh 100/1 7 places
.5pts win Justin Rose 1st Round Leader 28/1
2pts Rory McIlroy Top Irish 11/5

A bit of change on here at big prices on
Robert Karlsson @ 140
Tom Watson @ 360
Gregory Havret @ 370
Heath Slocum @ 470

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Report itcanbedone July 13, 2010 9:37 PM BST
Thanks BJG.  Think I will go with Els also.  Vijay is an interesting shout.
Report ChildOfMine2 July 13, 2010 9:46 PM BST
My five bets against the field are....

Rory McIlroy @ 17.5
Justin Rose @ 25
Ian Poulter @ 40
John Daly @ 180
Shane Lowry @ 250
Report irish_guy_13 July 13, 2010 10:01 PM BST
sergio @100 will do for me.
Report anfeild July 13, 2010 10:04 PM BST
Els 20/1

Each Way
Matt Kucher     125/1
Ryan Moore      125/1
Tim Clarke      80/1
Scott Verplank  200/1
Bo Van Pelt     125/1
Report one track mind July 13, 2010 10:27 PM BST
Tiger an sergio on here mcdowell 30/1 powerplay today in might go in on poulter n vijay aswell tmorrow
Report lustrumm July 14, 2010 9:56 AM BST
Woods is at a price now that you have to something on him. He had so much in hand here before.
At 5/2 you would obviously say no thanks but at 7/1 and growing he is now too big.

Great write up BJG and good luck to you for thr week
Report db1974 July 14, 2010 9:59 AM BST
Woods for me here at the prices.
Report norn iron July 14, 2010 10:06 AM BST
Report SatelliteFlight July 14, 2010 10:16 AM BST
Main Bet

Tiger Woods 6.8 and 7/1

Smaller Bets

Ian Poulter 40/1
Francesco Molinari 85

A Few Darts

Ryan Moore 160
Stewart Cink 220 (only as a thank you for last year)
Shane Lowry 290
Justin Leonard 300
Ricky Barnes 310
Simon Khan 740
Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 800

Laugh just a few then

samll saver on Phil @ 19.5 (i'd probably throw myself off the pier if he won it and i had nothing on) Laugh

Tiger Woods 18/1 first round leader, he is out early when the conditions are supposed to be best (rain but very little wind) and in 2005 he led pillar to post (looks way too big a price)
Report SatelliteFlight July 14, 2010 10:17 AM BST
*Cink 180* not 220 Plain
Report shaggykev July 14, 2010 11:46 AM BST

Main bet: Westwood
Danger harrington

price hunting; Garcia, Monty(reckon he'll trade lower than the 530, laird and overton

backed schwartzel top South African and had to back Jimenez for the missus despite the fact i reckon he has no chance but dont fancy laying a 160-1 chance myself, wait and see he'll fecking win it

Have to say Garcia is too big at 100/1- yes i know his form has been rank rotten but the Open is a funny old tournament and he has great form over the years. He needs a big tournament badly
Report norn iron July 14, 2010 11:55 AM BST

4@110 D CLARKE
2@190 H MAHAN
2@190 B WATSON
2@240 K PERRY
2@ 180 S LOWRY
2@310 L GLOVER
2@370 B GAY
2@810 G MAYBIN

Report dillinger July 14, 2010 12:13 PM BST
would be against the Big 5 , I think you can get 1/2 on that even though it is known as favourites track , i think Donald, Clarke and JB Holmes at the prices for me
Report BJG July 14, 2010 1:07 PM BST

Better bring their raincoats Shocked
Report Winnerallrite July 14, 2010 2:35 PM BST
Will be backing Nick Watney,Ryan Moore and Paul Laurie all win and place.
7 places each-way.
Report Tiswallaceno7 July 14, 2010 3:40 PM BST
I am on Tiger Woods.[:)]

Have my  7.6 for a biggish sum and do hope to get a chance to lay off on Thurs Night. I reckon he start good in prime time tee off early in the morning
Report anfeild July 14, 2010 4:29 PM BST
Solyes are now top eight. In saying that are shorter than p*wers on a good few. Best to shop around. Ladcrokess still top five. Total joke.
Report irish_guy_13 July 14, 2010 10:07 PM BST
lowry 140 now
Report KK 05 July 14, 2010 10:51 PM BST
Lowry, Clarke and Faldo for me.
Report MCKENNA July 14, 2010 10:57 PM BST
Peter Hanson (180) & Villegas (110) to start with pour moi. Nice piece about Seve on the Beeb tonight, tough to see the great man suffering, hope he pulls through and is at the golf next yr.
Report padlock July 14, 2010 11:06 PM BST
w/o tiger karlsson
Report padlock July 15, 2010 10:31 AM BST
daly flying -7
Report Allez July 15, 2010 1:15 PM BST
Awesome round from Rory.

Tiger looking ominous.
Report BJG July 15, 2010 2:34 PM BST
Unbelievable round from Rory - left one behind on 17 though from around 4/5 feet

Tiger looked nearly back to his old form for 15 holes- was putting very well
Report BJG July 15, 2010 3:04 PM BST
Shane Lowry to -4, has made some lovely putts
Report shaggykev July 15, 2010 3:58 PM BST
Come on westy you beauty
Report BJG July 15, 2010 4:01 PM BST
Goose wtf was that Laugh
Report Doyler1987 July 15, 2010 5:07 PM BST
Rory and Tiger scores look fantastic now with that wind getting up.

Be interesting to see how Rory handles the lead, seems the type to have bottle but hes never been in a major lead position so it remains to be seen really. Sunday is different to Friday though I'd say he'll be grand tomorrow. Westy -5 now too, but sure we know what happens on Sunday there.
Report soapp July 15, 2010 5:34 PM BST
A bad pick by me I guess!!

Edoardo Molinari  €1.00  €131.00  132  132     
Francesco Molinari  €2.00  €150.00  76  76     
Luke Donald  €3.00  €117.00  40  40     
Ian Poulter  €3.00  €96.00  33  33     
Padraig Harrington  €4.00  €96.00  25  25     
Justin Rose  €5.00  €100.00  21  21     
Ernie Els  €5.00  €100.00  21  21     
Phil Mickelson  €5.00  €95.00  20  20
Luke Donald €3.00 40/1 with Paddys
Report soapp July 15, 2010 5:35 PM BST
Stricker €3.00 40/1 Paddys NOT  Donald.
Report BJG July 15, 2010 9:49 PM BST
Early starters could have a big advantage tomorrow - wind meant to really get up from midday onwards
Report Kelly July 16, 2010 12:10 AM BST
Prophetic , BJG .  Thats the way it was .
Report padlock July 16, 2010 7:41 AM BST
lowry +2 this morning
Report SatelliteFlight July 16, 2010 9:36 AM BST
go on Ricky Mischief
Report norn iron July 16, 2010 9:58 AM BST
Report SatelliteFlight July 16, 2010 10:09 AM BST
Report norn iron July 16, 2010 10:20 AM BST
Report norn iron July 16, 2010 10:25 AM BST
Report SatelliteFlight July 16, 2010 10:25 AM BST
FFS Laugh did you see that putt on 11 from Ricky Barnes Laugh
Report BJG July 16, 2010 12:25 PM BST
Oosthuizen worth a bet for me here now with the score on the board @ 10

If the wind keeps gettin up, birdies wil be hard to come by for the chasers
Report daradasi July 16, 2010 12:59 PM BST
Yea, Oosthuizen as second round leader in around 4/6 on here now, great bet.
Report db1974 July 16, 2010 1:06 PM BST
McIlroy only needs a 69 for you to lose
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 1:08 PM BST
I'd really love a 69 off Tiger today. Devil
Report BJG July 16, 2010 1:08 PM BST
Oost only 7 now Devil

Will lay off tonight for a free bet hopefully
Report db1974 July 16, 2010 1:11 PM BST
I'd really love a 69 off Tiger today. 

Not my type but it takes allsorts I suppose!
Report BJG July 16, 2010 1:12 PM BST
Report daradasi July 16, 2010 1:14 PM BST
I know, but McIlroy is surely due an average round at St. Andrews sometime and with the wind blowing and the increased pressure and attention from starting so well, I'm banking on it being today. I'm sure he'd settle for a 69/70/71 today anyway.
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 1:19 PM BST
Report shaggykev July 16, 2010 1:36 PM BST
think mcilroy should be shorter than 3/1 imo

conditions are better now than in the morning, shame westwood didnt birdie the last hole

can see mcilroy hitting a 69 at worse which will put him in command
Report tobywong. July 16, 2010 1:40 PM BST
11/10 with pp to shoot 69 or less shaggy
Report BJG July 16, 2010 1:41 PM BST
11:00  14°C    Rain / Wind  14°C  77%  70%  From Southwest
at 32 kmph
12:00  14°C    Rain / Wind  14°C  77%  70%  From Southwest
at 32 kmph
13:00  15°C    Rain / Wind  15°C  72%  70%  From Southwest
at 35 kmph
14:00  15°C    Rain / Wind  15°C  69%  60%  From Southwest
at 35 kmph
15:00  16°C    Rain / Wind  16°C  67%  60%  From Southwest
at 35 kmph
16:00  16°C    Rain / Wind  16°C  64%  60%  From Southwest
at 35 kmph
17:00  16°C    Mostly Cloudy / Wind  16°C  62%  20%  From Southwest
at 37 kmph
Report BJG July 16, 2010 1:42 PM BST
A hell of  alot windier now than it was this morning imo Confused
Report shaggykev July 16, 2010 2:00 PM BST
does seem to be picking up, damn weather forecast i looked at said it would clear in the afternoon. hmmm. oh well just had a saver on Rory to cheer him on. Main bet Westwood still the main shout
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:03 PM BST
Rory very unlucky there with that bounce- woulda been within 5f instead of 45ft
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 2:07 PM BST
Oosy overtakes Tiger in the betting Shocked
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:09 PM BST
Oosty gonna be 3/4 clear tonight imo Shocked
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:27 PM BST
Rorys 1st 3 putts have al scrope the side of the hole, very unlucky not to drop one
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:33 PM BST
Laid of Oosty for a free bet now hear

Suspend play now plz Devil
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 2:36 PM BST
I've played pitch & putt in worse Mischief
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:38 PM BST
Suspended Cool
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 2:38 PM BST
Report BJG July 16, 2010 2:40 PM BST
McIlroy looked to drive into the heavy rough, could have a tough shot comin up

Any chance of some coverage of Ernie wen play resumes mr bbc, cheers
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 3:24 PM BST
Back in 15 to 20 minutes [smiley:crazy]
Report BJG July 16, 2010 3:48 PM BST
Back on, wind has nt dropped at al Shocked

Oosty 1st round leader luks a surt now
Report BJG July 16, 2010 4:05 PM BST
Shockin start from Tiger

bogey bogey

Very poor Bogey from Rory too
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 4:05 PM BST
Going to be a long, long day for Tiger.
Report BJG July 16, 2010 5:23 PM BST
Rory havin a massive shocker here
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 5:40 PM BST
This is nearly worse than when they went off, see that Els putt Plain
Report jimeen July 16, 2010 5:43 PM BST
Rory is doing exactly what he normally does when he is in a winning position.Its not the first time he will have spurned a good opportunity,the tournament he won in America was one where he came from the clouds and posted a miracle score.If ever Rory leads a big tournament on the final day,they will want to bring a few new pants and underpants for him.
Report BJG July 16, 2010 6:40 PM BST
Rory ShockedLaugh

Putted from 60 ft rolled back past him again
Report BJG July 16, 2010 6:43 PM BST
Back to -3 Shocked

Rory could shoot 80+ here very easily
Report shaggykev July 16, 2010 6:47 PM BST
wish i didnt bother with that saver on rory, stupid bet in hindsight but makes my westwood bet better

as for oosthuizen, wonder how he'll sleep tonight 5 shots clear at the open with two days left
Report jimeen July 16, 2010 6:59 PM BST
He will sleep the same as he did every other night most likely.Not everybody who isnt already a prolific winner is neccesarily a shiite in the pants man.
Report BJG July 16, 2010 7:18 PM BST
Could he miss the cut Shocked

Has a first round leader ever missed the cut before??
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 7:46 PM BST
BBC say the cut will be +2 Confused

He'd have to meltdown............... again!
Report BJG July 16, 2010 7:48 PM BST
He'd have to stay in meltdown**
Report BJG July 16, 2010 7:49 PM BST
Els havin a mare too Sad +5 for the round so far
Report irishro July 16, 2010 8:23 PM BST
You don't know Louis so Jimeen-has been a prolific '**** in your pants' man for the last few years-finally got over the line this year. Doubt he'll sleep too soundly.
Report Doyler1987 July 16, 2010 8:58 PM BST
Tiger throwing away a good round here.
Report BJG July 16, 2010 9:34 PM BST
Tiger so close to Aceing the par 4 Shocked
Report BJG July 17, 2010 4:35 PM BST
Stenson Shocked shot
Report BJG July 17, 2010 4:38 PM BST
Rory to -5, fair play imo for battling away after yesterday - stil have a slight chance if he could finish on -6 or -7 imo
Report BJG July 17, 2010 4:54 PM BST
Both leaders bogey the first
Report jimeen July 18, 2010 5:11 PM BST
Irishro-I'd say he wont have any problem sleeping tonight,do you?
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