It's that time of year again – the Open. Robert Holmes has kindly done another guest blog with his predictions, which include an Englishman! Read Robert's blog and tips below, and don't forget to follow him @RHolmes24 on twitter.
Open Championship 2012
Here we are, the third major of the year. The British Open. Harder to predict than most as the elements come into play. Previous winners include, Ben Curtis, Paul Lawrie, Stewart Cink and last year Darren Clarke, so this can go to a wildcard. Going into this year’s tournament, Woods is generally 7/1 favourite. Definitely back into form but it has been a while since he won the Open (Hoylake 2006) and I would look further afield. Royal Lytham St Annes is a tight course, sure to be severe rough and plenty of bunkers to go around. So that is why I like Ian Poulter, 2nd in the Open a few years ago behind Padriag Harrington, he is one of the top performers in sand saves. Driving Accuracy is his strong suit and can see his consistent approach to suit. At 50/1 each way, he's worth a tickle.
One of my strong fancies is George Coetzee, not an household name but this South African has talent, especially out of bunkers! (Top 30 in last 2 years on European tour) He showed decent form in the Middle East at the start of the year, a respectable -6 this week at the Scottish Open shows he can play links, 100/1 is more than fair!
Always got to have a yank running for you in the Open. And Bill Haas is mine. Winner of the Northern Trust Open this year, 55th in Driving Accuracy, 60th in GIR, 18th in Sand Saves on the PGA Tour, lets respect his chances at 150/1
Long term forecast suggest 15-20 mph breeze at the weekend. So that could make it interesting. Let battle commence!
Ian Poulter 50/1 (blue square)
Bill Haas 150/1 (skybet, coral)
George Coetzee 100/1 (Paddy Power, Laddies)