British Open Predictions
The 2009 British Open begins play on Thursday, July 16 and our team of writers and handicappers at The Spread have put together our picks to win the event.
The British Open is always a tough challenge for golfers, not just because of the difficult course, which this year is Turnberry in Scotland, but also because of the weather difficulties with strong winds and usually overcast skies and rain.
Experience playing in this type of environment is key to being successful and here are a few golfers that we believe are good value plays for this weekend’s tournament.
Tiger Woods 9/4
Tiger Woods is always an obvious choice. It doesn’t seem to matter the course or the situation, Woods is always in the running to win another major championship. Woods has not played in a major at Turnberry, as the last British Open at Turnberry was in 1994, a year prior to Woods’ first appearance at the Open Championship. With that in mind, Woods spent all last week prepping at Turnberry to get a feel for the course. Woods has already won three British Open titles and holds to the tournament record for lowest score under par with his -19 total in 2000. Woods has not won a major in over a year, and since 2005, Woods has at least one major championship per-year.
Jim Furyk 30/1
As a 30/1 bet, Jim Furyk has a lot of appeal. Last year, Furyk finished fifth at the Open and in 2007, he placed 12th. Furyk’s style fit’s the British Open well as he keeps the ball in the fairway, ranking 16th among PGA players in driving accuracy. A 2003 U.S. Open champion, Furyk has the experience of winning a major and is always in contention in the British Open.
Ben Curtis 60/1
Curtis is the 2003 British Open champion and after his first major win, the then-unknown golfer decided to stick to mostly European Tour events, which will suit him nicely this weekend. Curtis finished in the top 10 in the 2007 Open Championship and has placed in the top 10 in his last four European events. At 60/1, Curtis could provide a big payday on Sunday.
Ian Poulter 30/1
Don’t let the bright pants and spiked hair fool you, Poulter is one of the best golfers in the world, and now he wants the major championship to prove it. Poulter finished second in last year’s British Open but has plenty of experience playing on European courses and isn’t the type of player that will take himself too seriously this weekend.
The 2009 British Open Championship will be played at Turnberry in Ayrshire, Scotland starting on Thursday, July 16 and concluding Sunday, July 19.
Posted: 7/14/09 11:15PM ET