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Prepare for the American Invasion

July 15, 2013

Punters looking to win some money on the Open Championship later this month should seriously consider backing an American for the title.

It's not just the favourite, Tiger Woods, who is set to catch the eye at Muirfield. Only once in the past six Opens have golf betting fans witnessed an American winner yet there are plenty ready to lift the Claret Jug and rival Woods on the Scottish links course.

Here are our top tips for the Open Championship:

Tiger Woods: 9.6

His odds may have jumped compared to the 3.5 on his head at the US Open but Woods deserves his favourite tag for this tournament. Four titles this season shows he is back at his best and all he needs now is a major to complete his comeback from golfing exile. Woods has regained his putting confidence this season and will dominate the greens at Muirfield, so long as he handles the links fairways.

Phil Mickelson: 34.00

The leftie's performance at Merion last month proved Mickelson is much better than his odds suggest. Mickelson is loved by many, disliked by few and he will thrive on the Muirfield atmosphere. Despite finishing outside the top 100 at the Greenbrier Classic the 43-year-old must be backed to at least place within the top 10 in Scotland. His experience should see him through the cut and into Saturday where, if he's challenging, those who bet on golf can expect him to push into the lead.

Dustin Johnson: 48.00

At 29, Johnson is reaching his golfing peak and over the next four seasons we should see him lift at least one major. His one-under finish at the Masters proved he has the ability to play with the big guys on those major occasions and, having finished second at the Open two years ago, he has the mental nous to keep cool if in the same position this summer.

Brandt Snedeker: 44.00

If Johnson doesn't make it then Snedeker should be within the top five, for the American's swing is made for this Muirfield course. His steady head earned him victory at the Pebble Beach links earlier this year and that experience on the flat course should put him in good stead for the Open.






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