The tournament has the potential to be the most exciting for years
(PRWEB UK) 13 July 2011
The 140th Open Championship gets underway on Thursday at Royal St George's in Kent, with 156 of the world’s top players competing for this prestigious major. The defending British Open champion is South African, Louis Oosthuizen, who, much to the surprise of the golfing world took the title 12 months ago at St Andrew's where the South African defied pre-tournament odds of 300/1 to win his first major,a result that is sure to provide hope for all those players teeing off at the famous Sandwich venue.
One player missing is four time Open Champion Tiger Woods, who is absent due to a long term injury. However, his absence in no way diminishes the attraction and the competitive nature of the tournament, especially with the latest golf sensation, Rory McIlroy replacing the headlines that Tiger would have once dominated.
McIlroy was the runaway winner of last month’s US Open and is rated as the favourite with the bookmakers to win back-to-back majors at Royal St George's and is a best price 10/1 chance with Bet365 in the British Open odds. Bookmakers are already reporting an upturn in business with punters keen to jump on the McIlroy bandwagon and if the Ulsterman does hold the Claret Jug aloft come Sunday evening, the bookies will certainly be counting the costs!
Finishing third in both the British Open and US PGA Championship last year before looking every bit a winner in the US Masters in April before a nightmare final round, together with his US Open win last month shows that McIlroy is well on his way to filling Tiger's shoes and it would be no surprise to see him land his second major this week.
The tournament has the potential to be the most exciting for years not just for McIlroy but for other British players, with top two players in the world, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood the second and third favourites, respectively, to win.
World number one, Donald has been particularly impressive this year, winning three times and finishing in the top ten a further eight times from just thirteen tournaments played. His latest win came at the Scottish Open last week, which provided him with the most perfect warm up possible for the Open. There has been no English winner since Sir Nick Faldo won at Muirfield in 1992.
Royal St George's is a links golf course which will be hosting its 14th Open Championship since 1894, when it became the first course outside of Scotland to host the event. The last time it was played here was in 2003 when American, Ben Curtis, took the honours and with Americans boasting a great record in this event (10 wins from the last 15), leading players from across the pond will be expected to feature on the Open Leaderboard throughout the four days.
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