The Open 2012

 

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!
 
TIPs
Ian Poulter 50/1 (blue square)
Bill Haas 150/1 (skybet, coral)
George Coetzee 100/1 (Paddy Power, Laddies)
 
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The Open 2012

 

 
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, amd 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!
 
TIPs
Ian Poulter 50/1 (blue square)
Bill Haas 150/1 (skybet, coral)
George Coetzee 100/1 (Paddy Power, Laddies)
 

US Open – a Guest Blog with tips

Starting on Thursday is the second Major of the golf season. Guest blogger Robert Holmes (follow him on twitter @RHolmes24) has come up with the goods again and offered his views on who may have a chance of winning on what is considered a tough course.
 
Here is Robert’s blog :
 
US OPEN TIPS, OLYMPIC GOLF CLUB, SAN FRAN, JUNE 14-17
So the second major of the year is upon us, and it looks a cracker!
These last few weeks have seen Tiger come back with a stunning victory at The Memorial. Rory McIlroy missing 3 straight cuts and Luke Donald regain his Number 1 crown by winning the BMW PGA at Wentworth. With the US Open, history tells us its going to be tough. I think we can discard last year’s -16 score at Congressional as a one off and fully expect a level par score this week.
USGA Director MikeDavis states ‘The first 6 holes are brutal, the hardest start in a US Open’ Not great if our tips are slow out the blocks. My advice is we need a grinder, someone who can hit fairways/greens and make the odd birdie. Some will see the likes of Harrington and Donald as that, but as you know we’re here for some value. I do however see this as Lee Westwood’s best chance to win that elusive major, 3rd at the US Open before behind Tiger and Rocco Mediate, he achieved a top 10 here in 1998. That course form should stand him in good stead, around 12/1 (general) he is the price you would expect, nothing fancy!
Robert Garrigus at 200/1 is tremendous value though, second last year, he is a big hitter but is in the top 50 stats in Greens in Regulation which I believe to be a big plus here as the greens are small targets. Two seconds this year, he has been playing some solid golf. Plus he is playing some good golf currently at St Jude.
DA Points is another player who has a decent year, second in a playoff at Wells Fargo a few weeks ago, he qualified for this last week, he is in the top 50 in both Driving accuracy and GIR and Americans do love to win their own Open. At a very tasty 200/1 you should have a dabble.
I would mention Colt Knost who is not in the open at the moment but is an alternative. He did win here in the 2007 US Amateur. If he does sneak in, he is worth a saver!
TIPS:
Lee Westwood 12/1 (general)
Robert Garrigus 200/1 (Paddy power, Stan James)
DA Points 200/1 (Skybet/365)
Colt Knost (if gets in)
 
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So, it’s up to you now. Will you take on board Robert’s advice? Whatever the outcome we are in for one hell of a spectacle – enjoy!
 
As for The Bandit, I’m going to be boring and select Tiger Woods!