OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF
Conditions are going to be horrendous today and are expected to be at their worst between 14.00 -16.00 (UK time) this afternoon, with swirling winds of up to 50mph . There are already some huge scores being posted on course with, for example, Lee Westwood +5 after just 7 holes play this morning. not one of the 21 players on course is under par and just five are level.
Only the strongest (mentally ) will survive today and the ability to hit the ball low will be key. Harrington and Furyk are both good wind players and would be my favourites at the moment, but is terribly hard to get involved in the outright market for more than minimal stakes.
When the tournament was last played here, the worst day weather wise was also the saturday and the average score was 77.5, Tiger Woods shot a 77, Jim Furyk an incredible 72. I am sure that he will go well today and will be less concerned about what the British weather can throw at him than most other players.
He is paired today with last week's winner Graeme McDowell, the lad from Northern Ireland will be used to the wind of course, but it is incredibly difficult to play at the top of your game for two weeks in a row, especially in such conditions and he is bound to be feeling the effects. I will take Slim Jim to beat him this afternoon and a very small outright bet.
1.5 points Furyk to win outright 11.5 exchanges.
6.5 points Furyk to beat McDowell 1.90 exchanges ...... 1.83 general quote.