The 146th Open Golf Championship gets underway this week at Royal Troon and we here at Gamblers Pro HQ believe Justin Rose is worth an each-way bet at 35/1 for our weekly 5 pound sports bet.
Although golf is a tricky sport when it comes to sports-betting, there are usually a few familiar faces who generally seem to be there – or thereabouts – more often than not. World number 1 Jason Day is likely to be in the mix as are the American duo of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth – also, home favourite Rory McIlroy is expected to be in the hunt come Sunday afternoon.
Admittedly, Rose is not having his best year of the PGA tour but his ability to appear on the leaderboard at majors is quite uncanny. He has had three top ten finishes in his last four major appearances, which includes a 6th place finish in last year’s Open Championship event.
Due to links golf being so difficult to master, Rose decided to get his eye in early and spent a few days last week playing the Royal Troon course in preparation for the event. In an interview he said , “I think a lot of players will be telling you it’s a tale of two halves – it’s a classic links course in the sense that it goes out one way and comes back the other. I’ve played (the course) in a couple of different wind conditions now which is really valuable. It’s amazing the difference.”
This extra practice coupled with his good overall record in majors is what we believe will put him in good stead and that’s why he is worth a punt this time out.
You can find Totesport.com and BetFred both offering 35/1 with their each-way bet paying the top 6 at a quarter of the starting price odds.
PaddyPower pays top 8 on their each-way wager – paying 1/5 on the SP – but they only offer a starting price of 28/1.
So, for your weekly 5 quids sports bet, place 2.50 each-way on Rose at 35/1. If he places in the top 6 you will win 21.87 plus your 2.50 stake back on the each-way bet and if he goes on to win, you claim 87.50 plus your 2.50 stake on the win bet – giving you a total return of 114.37. That sounds pretty all right to us!