Golf Betting for Newbies: 2018 British Open at Carnoustie

Thursday, July 5, 2018 3:22 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 5, 2018 3:22 PM UTC

The third leg of golf's Grand Slam takes us to Scotland and the Championship Course at Carnoustie. This is hallowed ground and the site of seven previous British Opens, most recently in 2007.

<p>In the most recent Grand Slam event, you heard the golf professionals complaining loudly about the course setup, the greens and that shower water was too hot. (Maybe the last point might not be entirely true). Nonetheless, it was a true test of golf, demanding patience and shot-making. The British Open at Carnoustie, set for July 19-22, will demand the same elements, but for different reasons.</p><p>If you are new to golf wagering, let's go over a few basics. First, you can pick the winner of what most people around the world refer to as "The Open." Here are <a href="" title="Sports Betting Odds">the most recent odds to win this tournament</a> from <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>:</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:716px;height:847px" /></p><p>As opposed to the Masters or the U.S. Open, this tournament brings more potential players into the mix because of how the courses are designed and the usually ever-changing playing conditions. Most U.S. golfers experience these tricky conditions once a year, at this tourney.</p><p>The other main method of betting golf is head-to-head, and that can be done two ways. The most common is sportsbooks pitting one player against another as to who will have the lower score for the tournament. It would look something like this:</p><p><strong>Dustin Johnson -110 vs. Justin Rose +120</strong></p><p>If you like Johnson, you would <a href="" rel="nofollow">wager $110 to win $200 on the moneyline; </a>if you preferred Rose, you place a $100 bet to win $220.</p><p>The other is betting one round on any of the four days of play, as to who would have the lower score for those 18 holes. The premise would be exactly the same as the above example and all sportsbooks have this available. Let's next discuss the golf course.</p><p> </p><h2>Carnoustie Is A Beast</h2><p>What makes this course so challenging is where it's at and the design. Sitting near the North Sea, the weather can change every five minutes. It could be partly sunny and calm and a few minutes later the rain will come down sideways, with the wind howling. This is not Palm Springs, not be any measure.</p><p>[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p>The other unusual aspect of this course is its non-traditional design. Most setups have you going out on the front or back nine and turning around about midpoint and coming back in. This links style does not have more than two consecutive holes going in the same direction and with the often volatile weather, having played the course in previous days provides little insight into in what club to hit based on distance.</p><p>Lastly, the bunkers. Few are oval and most look like remnants left over from Germany bombing Scotland in World War II and they just left them. The best way to understand these bunkers and the difficulty of them is the locals refer to them as "concoctions."</p><p> </p><h2>Who Can Win The Open?</h2><p>As mentioned, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">patience will be the daily key along with shot-making</a>. Players not from the U.S. play in more varied conditions and more variety in their arsenal. Besides Johnson, players such as two-time U.S. Open champ Justin Thomas or Patrick Reed have the ability to keep the ball lower to pierce the wind.</p><p>Maybe the greatest unknown is Carnoustie vs. technology. Nineteen years ago is three lifetimes for golf manufactures. Of course, the setup will be taken into consideration how long all these pros can hit the ball and how the balls themselves go straighter than ever. But if the weather is less a factor than anticipated, will Carnoustie yield low scores?</p><p>If you are a golf fan or<a href="" rel="nofollow"> sports bettor, </a>this is must-see TV. Good Luck!</p>
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