The Open Golf Championship – or British Open Golf Championship to give it its full title – draws as many fans from the online golf betting community, being the oldest tournament in the world, as it does from its global TV audience and is proving more and more popular amongst those entertaining the idea of utilizing their free bets in new and interesting ways year on year. It is the third major after The Masters and the US Open Championships and precedes the PGA Championships. The Open is always played on a links course.
As with most other prime time sports, betting fans understand and appreciate that there's money to be made on the back of lending their support to those golfers they see as having what it takes to claim the famous claret jug as their own. Whether that be as representative of their favourite tour players, or just simply acting on commonly found advice or tip-offs from those in the know. Either way it all adds to the fun and excitement that can be had by following certain players over the four days of the prestigious tournament that's annually set beside the British seaside over what's referred to as a 'links' course.
For as long as we can remember we've sat around glued to the TV set every July letting the calmingly resonant, effortlessly dulcet tones of BBC's Mr Golf add the vocal commentary to the visual enjoyment of the blanket coverage of the Open Golf Championship. Watching some of the classic battles of skill set, body and mind over matter down the years, we couldn't compile a list without overlooking some of the greatest encounters in living memory, such as the Jack Nicklaus versus Tom Watson Open played out at Royal Turnberry in 1978 which automatically springs to most people's minds when broaching the subject. Watson of course winning the Open on the four occasions in total to Nicklaus' three victories, that said the latter ended up in the top five places in the Open a record 16 times throughout his illustrious golfing career.
Open Betting - bet on the oldest golf tournament in the world
As with any high profile sport, at it's pinnacle stands the one magnanimous event or tournament that's literally-speaking a by-word for people's visual and visceral perceptions of the game itself; and serving as a mecca to the open golf betting fraternity at the same time. With tennis, it's Wimbledon. With rugby, look no further than the Six Nations. And how is cricket better illustrated and defined than courtesy of the Ashes?When talk turns to the world of professional golf, then the one annual fixture springs to mind that's synonymous with the historic sport, and conjures up more vivid mental imagery than any other annually-staged tournament, and that's Open Golf betting for you.
In terms of the online betting opportunities readily available in relation to the Open Golf Championship, and the possibilities are infinite. For starters you can bet on the final result obviously (I.e, just who you think is going to win the whole damn shooting party), yet you can also place your chosen player in an each way scenario – as one of the top four - just like you do on the horses. Easy as. You can also pit your wits against the online bookies by pre-empting the individual winner of the three-ball-playing opening two rounds of the tournament and thereafter, estimating the outcome of the final two day's two-ball action within each group. Aside from this you may want to guess the nationality of the eventual winner, what their total four round points tally might be or perhaps how many points they've lost to par. Like we said, anything and everything goes when it comes to placing an online bet on the Open Golf Championship.
Of course if that's too run of the mill for you, how about surmising just what colour or indeed pattern of trouser the flamboyantly-attired Ian Poulter is going to turn out in each day of the competition. We kid you not. Several online bookies traditionally offer odds on just this ahead of the tournament. Elsewhere you might want to risk a few bob on Colin Montgomery throwing a hissy fit with certain members of the press corps, which I should imagine are pretty shortened odds these days.
BRITISH OPEN GOLF PITCHES LEGENDS OF THE GAME AGAINST YOUNG PRETENDERS TO THEIR CROWN
The Open Golf Championship is unique as no other professional sport will see legends of the game heading towards their retirement play a round alongside a bright young thing full of promise who wasn't even born when some of the game's elder statesmen were successfully doing their thing. There's something about Open Golf betting that brings out the fighting spirit in many of the older competitors who have seen it all and now dedicate the autumn of their golf career to selective outings on the Seniors Tour. Not quite the same generation of the revered likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, yet Greg Norman defied the passing of time, the critics and steep odds in 2008 as he took on the might of both a legion of golf's current movers and shakers and the testing links course at Royal Birkdale to finish third overall. That's after rolling back the years and commanding the first three rounds and going into the final day's battle as tournament leader, a considerable feat at 53 as he bid to become the oldest winner of the famous claret jug.