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The Open: final day and verdict

It is instructive for us flutterers to revisit the Racing Post betting guide to the Open.

On the back page the experts from various betting companies make their predictions.

Alex Noren

Not one chose Collin Morikawa nor Louis Oosthuizen. Alex Noren was a popular choice. He did not feature.

Without wishing to be boastful I backed Louis Oosthuizen each way, Jordan Spieth – whom the Racing and Football Outlook fancied – and my other fancies Victor Hovland finished twelfth, just outside the each-way places, and a poor final round prevented Ryan Fox from a top twenty finish.

Garrick Higgo, one of the South Africans who did not have a memorable Open, the volatile Tyrell Hatton and Marc Leishman did not feature.

What does this say? That I know more than the experts?

Not really – more like you will do well to make a living from golf betting.

Looking back Collin Morikawa was always going to do well on a course that demanded accuracy.

The Racing Post’s guru in residence Steve Palmer dismissed him as a rookie who finished 77th in the Scottish Open the week before.

Normally a rookie can be susceptible to pressure but on the back nine he kept his cool and increased his lead over Oosthuizen and Spieth.

The bombers – Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson – had their best rounds in benign conditions.

The poster boy Rory McIlroy did not feature, nor did Bryson DeChambeau.

The next big event is the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in late September.

Next year for its 150th anniversary the Open will be at St Andrews.

I applied in the ballot for tickets but already there is not a hotel to be had.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts