The Open 2011 – Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, Kent.

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by Alan Barbour

This year’s Open heads to Kent and Royal St. George’s and Tiger Woods aside, hosts a glittering array of golfing talent.

World Number One Luke Donald will be confident of success following on from his four stroke win at last week’s Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

Northern Ireland’s favourite son Rory McIlroy decided to have a break after his sensational performance in the U.S. Open at Congressional and it remains to be seen if that will prove to be a plus or a minus when he tees it up on Thursday alongside the ‘Big Easy’ Ernie Els and the enigmatic Rickie Fowler.

There is a six strong Scottish contingent taking part:  Stephen Gallacher, Scott Jamieson, Martin Laird, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle and Peter Whiteford.

   
Outright
 
  R McIlroy  10/1
  L Donald  12/1  
  L Westwood  14/1  
  M Kaymer  25/1  
  G McDowell  33/1   
  N Watney  33/1   
  S Stricker  33/1   
  S Garcia  33/1 
  P Mickelson  40/1   
  M Kuchar  40/1  
  C Schwartzel  40/1  
  J Day  40/1  
  P Harrington  40/1   
  K J Choi  40/1   
  D Johnson  50/1  
  J Rose  50/1   
  R Goosen  50/1   

Each-way bets 1/4 odds first 6 

Three against the Field

Martin Kaymer.

Former World Number One. Finished seventh last year at St. Andrews.    
Assisted here by his natural low-ball flight.
Not in the best of form but did finish fourth last time in the French Open in Paris.  25/1

 

Matt Kuchar.

Ultra consistent cut maker and top-ten finisher.  
Very good putter and showed he can handle links golf at last week’s Scottish Open, where he finished in a tie for tenth place.  40/1

KJ Choi.

Won the unofficial ‘fifth Major’, beating David Toms in a play-off at the Players’ Championship in May.
Finished 22nd the last time the Open was played at RSG’s.
Fader of the ball, which may benefit him this week.
Still looking for his Major breakthrough at the age of 41.  40/1

 

Top Scottish Player

Martin Laird  9/4
Paul Lawrie  3/1
Stephen Gallacher  4/1
Scott Jamieson  4/1
Peter Whiteford  4/1
Sandy Lyle  25/1

Selection:  Martin Laird.

The 28 year old Glaswegian has amassed £1.6 million in winnings this year alone – which is more than all the other five collectively.
He plays on the PGA Tour and the consensus is that RSG’s will favour American style play.

Hole in one

Yes 5/4  No 4/7