I would like to first update everyone on our season so far. To date we are currently up 54 units on outright selections and 4.95 on head to head selections. Recently we have hit a dry spell after a torrid start to the season but I have complete faith we can regain that magic. It is very difficult to pick golf winners but I have been doing it correctly and profiting for 6 straight seasons now. At the beginning of the year my goal was over 100 units in profit and though we have hit this rough patch, I still feel we can not only obtain but surpass this goal. Let’s have it start this weekend in England.
The 2012 Open Championship will be held at Royal Lytham & St Annes GC in lovely Lancashire, England. This course will host The Open Championship for the 11th time, with the first taking place in 1926. The history here is rich and players this week will be walking on the hollowed grounds that Bobby Jones, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros (twice) all engraved their names on the Claret jug.
The last Open to be held here occurred in 2001 when David Duval burst onto the stage to obtain a dreamlike victory. David carded a final round 67 to secure his 1st major title and the last victory of his career (to date). The Open has a history of putting longshots into the spotlight and 2001 did just that.
Some other players who have held the claret jug in recent years include Darren Clarke (2011), Louis Oosthuizen (2010), Stewart Cink (2009), Padraig Harrington (2007, 2008), Tiger Woods (2005, 2006), Todd Hamilton (2004), Ben Curtis (2003) and Ernie Els in (2002). As you can tell by this list, The Open Championship is a time for people to make names for themselves and stars to continue to build their legacy.
Let’s take a closer look at the layout of Royal Lytham & St. Annes
This historic golf venue is known for its excellent bunkering and difficult rough. With well over 200 bunkers scattered across this course, players will be very hard pressed not to spend a little time in the sand this week. The bunkers are extremely well placed and challenge player’s sight lines on most shots. There are also some extremely small and deep bunkers that must be avoided at all costs.
The rough will make headlines this week as it is being called almost unplayable in certain areas. Lancashire, England has dealt with a plethora of rain as of late, causing the rough to be unusually thick and lush. I can guarantee you will see players struggling to advance the ball out of the long stuff.
With bunkers and rough playing such a large factor we have to look at accuracy as the top importance this week. Finding the fairways is a must at this golf course and then your next job is avoiding the sand. Here are two holes that give a better understanding to what I am talking about.
Hole 16 – 358 yard Par 4. This hole was made famous by “the Road Shot” in 1979 by Seve Ballesteros. The tee shot is a blind dog leg to the right with 8 bunkers short of the green that can all come into play. Your second shot will only be a wedge but the green is well guarded by another 6 bunkers. You will see scores that range from birdie to triple on this hole.
Hole 17 – 467 yard Par 4. This hole was made famous by an amazing second shot that sealed the win for Bobby Jones in 1926. The 17th is a dogleg left with a very small area to land the ball off the tee. 13 bunkers come into play off the tee with another 7 guarding the difficult green. If the winds pick up expect the 17th hole to be treacherous.
Now that you have a better understanding of what faces the players this week, let’s get to the six players we will be selecting for the 2012 Open Championship.
Steve’s British Open Championship Six Pack Picks
Being a Major tournament we won’t be giving away any of the members only picks this week (sorry!) but you can still sign up for a membership at www.GolfBanker.com so you can join in on the action.
Included in the picks are two selections with odds higher than 200/1 which would give $10 bettors a $2,000 payday and $100 bettors a $20,000 payout.