2016 British OpenJuly 11, 2016
Weather to exert influence in British Open at Royal Troon
The world’s best golfers descend on Royal Troon in Scotland this week for the British Open. If it’s not the most prestigious event in golf, it’s certainly the most interesting. The Open, as it is affectionately known, and even marketed, is different to all other golf tournaments. This is almost entirely down to the links golf courses on which the tournament is played, and; the exposure these courses have to often inclement weather conditions. It is a tournament for golf purists.
In 2016, Royal Troon is the venue selected to play host to the world-class field. Like all links courses, Troon’s challenge varies according to the wind and weather conditions. If it is benign, golfers will have a field day, in particular, less credentialed links golfers will figure more prominently. However, if the wind really blows, it normally brings the best ball strikers and shot-makers to the fore. If you are planning on betting on the event, it’s worth tuning into the local forecast and checking the ‘links credentials’ of the fancied golfers, and how they have previously handled testing conditions.
Still a few days out, it appears as though the wind will be a factor, although perhaps not a decisive one. The forecast is for gusts of 10-15 MPH, and some showers on the second and third days of play.
Fresh from his victory in the US Open at Oakmont, American Dustin Johnson joins the ‘big three’: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy on the first line of betting for the 2016 British Open. If you shop around, you can get $10 about any of the top four favourites, better still on betting exchange Betfair. Further afield, it’s no surprise to see great ball strikers like: Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson filling the next lines betting lines. You can get great value odds on all of these players. If you fancy someone further afield, don’t be put off, Todd Hamilton won the last British Open at Troon at 250/1!
If the wind really does blow, it will be interesting to see how Johnson, Day and McIlroy handle the conditions. Despite honing his game on some of the great links courses in Northern Ireland, McIlroy has previously stated his dislike of the combination of adverse weather conditions and links golf. Day also is unproven in really testing links conditions, although this is the first Open he will enter as the number player in the game.
Spieth provides a little more appeal amongst the favoured golfers. Perhaps a question mark still hangs over his performance at the Masters, but his short game in particular, will be a big advantage regardless of the conditions. If you’re looking for a roughie, it might be worth considering Graeme McDowell. The Northern Irishman is back in form in 2016, and knows how to win a major. He is also no stranger to links golf, thanks to his connection to Irish links gem, Royal Portrush.
Whether the weather plays a part or not remains to be seen. For golf fans, it’s always a treat to see the world best players tackle links golf for one of the greatest prizes in the game.