Another year has passed since Jordan Spieth bested Matt Kuchar in the final 4 holes of the final round at Royal Birkdale to win the Open, a marvelous achievement for the young American finishing with a final score of 268.
The Open Championship is the oldest of all four of the major championships on the professional golf tour. Having first been held at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860, it’s always only ever been held in the United Kingdom, on rotation around certain prestigious courses and the only major to be played outside of the US.
This year The Open is due to be played at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland for the first time since 2007. The winner on that occasion was Padraig Harrington, kicking his career into life and being his first major win of three. Since then though his career has taken a pretty spectacular nose dive. Hopefully for the winner of this year’s competition that won’t be the case.
Betfair’s Open Championship odds have Harrington at 125/1 to win this year so whilst he’s pretty far back in the reckoning there are a few more likely contenders for the Claret Jug. The favorite is Dustin Johnson at 11/1 with the American currently ranked #1 in the world and coming into the tournament on the back of some of his best form. Another to keep a close eye on is Rory McIlroy at 18/1 and Tiger Woods at 28/1 if you really want to gamble on the result.
With The Open just around the corner we thought you might want to wet your whistle with a quiz based around some of the key moments in previous tournaments. This probably isn’t for the less experienced golf fans out there, for example do you know who lost to Stewart Cink in a play-off game back in 2009? If you don’t know it’s probably best you leave this one. Having tried it ourselves and struggled we worked out any score over 5/8 is a really good return.
Let us know how you get on.