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Kevin C. Cox

Golf tips, best first round three ball bets and player analysis for The Open Championship at the Old Course, St Andrews.

where to watch

Sky Sports Main Event and Golf, 6:30 a.m. Thursday

Best bets

Louis Oosthuizen will win the threeball at 2:37 p.m.
4pts Evens general

Laurie Canter will win the threeball at 3:43 p.m.
3pts 5-6 general

Shane Lowry will win the threeball at 10:09 a.m.
2pts 8-5 BoyleSport, Power

Rory McIlroy will win the threeball at 9:58
2pts 11-8 BoyleSports, Coral, Ladbrokes


Tiger Woods is the 11-4 underdog for his open Championship three-ball match at 2:59 p.m. at his beloved St Andrews.

Such odds of ever being against Woods’ name to beat Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa would have seemed unfathomable when a rampant Tiger set marks of 19-under and 14-under to win his two St Andrews Opens. Times have been tough with the greatest player of his generation, however, and the bookmakers are showing more respect to his younger rivals.

Fitzpatrick, who won the US Open last month and has gained incredible distance this year, is a shadow of luck against this three-baller and the rightful favorite. Woods, however, should be most effective in round one as the strain on his body is likely to worsen as the event goes on, so there are arguably better options than Fitzpatrick on the card. three bullets.

The equalization of Louis Oosthuizen, for example, is more attractive. The South African will lick his lips at the idea of ​​returning to the scene of his career highlight. He won the 2010 Open at St Andrews by seven strokes, then came close to triumphing again at the Home of Golf five years later, losing in the playoffs to Zach Johnson.

Oosthuizen also thrived in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews – fifth in 2011, sixth in 2014 – and eighth at the BMW International at the end of last month was a decent turn in Germany. He finished tenth and fifth in both LIV Golf events.

Oosthuizen turns 40 in October and knows he has to squeeze every last drop out of his major appearances. The Mossel Bay man may be a carefree character who shuns intense training, but this tournament is so huge he’s almost certainly prepared extensively.

Harris English has only recently returned from a lengthy injury layoff, during which he underwent hip surgery, while Keita Nakajima is an inexperienced Japanese amateur still learning the ropes. Oosthuizen should take command.

Laurie Canter is another three-ball favorite with compelling credentials. The man from Bath is a powerful ball-striker who can tackle major assignments confident of keeping his scorecard respectable. He finished 48th in his last Major – the US PGA Championship in May – and 37th in his last Open.

Canter will expect to make the cut from St Andrews on Friday night, but it’s a lofty ambition for his playing partners – major debutant Dimitrios Papadatos and world number 742 Matthew Griffin.

A day one three-ball Yankee may appeal to many bettors, with the absolute hope that Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy should be the frontrunners in the 10:09 and 9:58 groups.

Lowry won the 2019 Open in magnificent style, earning a six-stroke triumph in front of loud and adoring galleries, and the fearless Irishman is relishing the chance to tackle St Andrews with his game in such a formidable nick.

Lowry excelled in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, and the firmer, faster conditions of a Summer Open suit him even better. Lowry’s creativity and jamming ability looks set to give him a golden chance to claim the Claret Jug for the second time.

Lowry has been in consistent form all season, finishing third in the JP McManus Pro-Am last time out. Playing partners Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland, who lack significant experience at St Andrews, were both abysmal when they missed out on the Scottish Open Cup last week.

McIlroy has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but that weight of expectation hinges on him having complete control over every department of his game. He shot a 63 on day one of the last Open he played at St Andrews, although he missed a short birdie putt on the 17th.

McIlroy’s playing partners – Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa – might be hesitant at first given they’ve never competed at St Andrews before. Schauele saw the course for the first time on Monday.

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