A Big Betting Week Lies Ahead With The British Open Golf And World Matchplay Darts
The summer of sport continues to roll on. With the Olympics now looming on the horizon, you would think the focus would switch to Tokyo, but before then there is the small matter of two of the biggest sporting events of the year taking place in the UK this very week.
Starting on Thursday, we have the much-anticipated return of the British Open. After the event was cancelled last year, golf fans cannot wait for the players to get back into action at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, Kent.
Then this weekend, arguably the second biggest darts tournament of the season will get underway at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool as many of the world’s best players compete in the World Matchplay tournament.
Of course, with two massive sporting events taking place over the course of the week, interest in both is going to be very high and of course, you can find plenty of great markets on both events this week at bet365 Sport.
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Let’s now preview both of these big events and of course, we will give you our top betting tips for each.
After being postponed last year, Shane Lowry will get to defend the British Open title he won back in 2019 this year at Royal St George’s in Kent. The Irishman will be just one golfer in a stellar field of star names all hoping to land the final Major of the year.
It has been a season of firsts in the Major Championships thus far. In August, Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to win the Masters tournament and a month later, Phil Mickelson became the first player aged 50 or over to win a Major at the USPGA Championship.
Then last month, Jon Rahm landed his first ever Major title at the US Open and the Spaniard is the hot favourite to land a second Major title this week in Kent.
Since the tournament returned to the Sandwich course in 1981, there have been a number of surprise winners of the event, starting with Bill Rodgers in that year. Sandy Lyle won in 1985 and then Greg Norman landed a fine win in 1993. Ten years later, Ben Curtis was the shock winner and then Darren Clarke was a popular winner when the tournament was last held at the course in 2011.
The course is famous for the fourth hole and in particular, its “Himalayas” bunker which although only being 25 feet wide, is 40 feet deep and is reckoned by many to be the deepest bunker in play in professional golf today.
You can expect to see a few players getting their pictures taken next to the massive bunker during the practice rounds this week.
Bet365 have Rahm as the 8/1 firm favourite to win the title, but there are a whole clutch of players at odds of 50/1 or better that stand an excellent chance.
There is a very strong challenge from the United States with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed, Justin Spieth and Brooks Koepka leading the charge for players from the U.S.
Rahm is expected to be one of the top Europeans in this event but he should find that the likes of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Viktor Hovlund should also be in with a great chance.
From elsewhere in the world, you can expect golfers such as Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishmann and Charles Schwartzel all to be featuring prominently too, if they can find their top game.
With the weather forecast for the week suggesting a sunny, warm and relatively calm four days in store for the players, it may well be the player that can shoot the lowest on what will be a tricky, fast-drying course that comes out on top.
Our British Open Tips
The first thing to take note of here is that bet365 are offering to pay out to the first eight places and ties in the tournament, which makes the each way market very enticing indeed.
With that in mind, my first tips are for the each way market and I think that after his fourth place at the Scottish Open this week, Ian Poulter (75/1) is a very good option for the each way market, while another UK star that should go well on a links course is Tommy Fleetwood (40/1). Either of these would make a good each way bet in my opinion.
As for the outright winner of the Championship, then I think the calmer conditions will be more suited to American players and as such, I think Brooks Koepka is long overdue another Major win and he looks like he is finding the form to do precisely that. He is an 18/1 shot with bet365 at the time of writing.
So with our golf tips in the bag, let’s now turn our attention to the big darts tournament which gets underway in Blackpool later this week.
World Matchplay Darts Preview And Tips
Perhaps second only to the World Championship, the World Matchplay has long been a coveted trophy in the world of darts. Contested each year at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, last year Belgian Dmitri van den Bergh won his first Major title at the event, which unlike other tournaments is played over a straight leg format, rather than sets.
The legend Phil Taylor has won the most Matchplay titles with 16, miles ahead of the next best players Michael van Gerwen and Rod Harrington who won two apiece.
Only five players taking part in this tournament have won the event, van Gerwen and van den Bergh plus Gary Anderson, James Wade and Rob Cross. James Wade has appeared in six finals, losing five and winning just the one.
The tournament begins on the 17th July and runs through to the 25th July. First Round games are played over the best of 19 legs with the final the best of 35 legs, although players must win their match by two clear legs.
World Champion Gerwyn Price is the top ranked player in the tournament and he faces Jermaine Wattimena in Round 1 with second seed Peter Wright taking on Danny Noppert. Other notable first round ties include Gary Anderson against Stephen Bunting, Jonny Clayton against Dirk van Duijvenbode and Dmitri van den Bergh takingon Devin Petersen.
Our World Matchplay Darts Tips
Michael van Gerwen remains the 9/2 favourite with bet365 for this event and although he is ranked as a third seed, he is still most people’s favourite to win the event. However, I think that this event has in the past seen some unexpected winners and that could continue here and I think Nathan Aspinall at 28/1 is a great bet, as is the in form Jonny Clayton who is a 14/1 shot.