Tyrrell Hatton to be crowned Top GB and Ireland player at 2017 Open Championship
Rory McIlroy was the last British or Irish winner of the Open Championship, when the Northern Irishman stormed to victory at Hoylake in 2014, but having struggled of late he will be hoping that he can return to top form when the 2017 Open gets underway at Royal Birkdale on Thursday morning.
McIlroy is unsurprisingly one of the prominent figures in the betting for the Top GB & Ireland player on Merseyside this week, and is the 5/1 favourite in that market, but could he be poor value in a side market that oozes quality, and we are happy to take on the former world number one.
- Padraig Harrington won the Open at Birkdale in 2008
- Rory McIlroy was last GB & Irish winner of the Open in 2014
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Leading British & Irish Contenders
With McIlroy struggling to fire on all cylinders of late, you are immediately drawn to former Major winner Justin Rose, who is a 11/2 chance with Betfred, but the English star has failed to live up to his early Open record, when he blossomed as an amateur, and while his consistency should help him bag a top-30 spot he may just fall short in this market.
Tommy Fleetwood is the form player from the GB & Ireland list, and at 13/2 with Betfred is a solid option for those each-way backers that are getting four places, as he has been sparkling all season with his game, and has to be one of the leading chances for a homegrown winner this week.
Paul Casey (10/1 with bet365) is another notable player in the list, but while on his day he is arguably one of the premier golfers in the world, he can often have an off day over the four rounds, and so is one to avoid, while Ian Poulter (16/1 with Paddy Power) is another that can excel on one day, but then come unstuck on another, which in Major golf will see you plummet down the leaderboard.
Harrington Worth A Look, But Hatton The Bet
Padraig Harrington has fond memories of Open golf at Royal Birkdale having lifted the Claret Jug when the tournament was last played there in 2008, and while nine years on he may not be at those dizzy heights with his game you can see punters getting stuck in to the 16/1 on offer with Betfred for him to at least be crowned top GB & Ireland player.
However, the real standout bet is the 22/1 on offer with Paddy Power for Tyrrell Hatton to be the top GB & Ireland star, as he has launched to 24th in the world rankings, and the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship hero was a fine fifth at the 2016 Open Championship, and if he can grab a positive start can build in confidence as the tournament progresses, and not only win this area, but also challenge for victory.
Best Of The Rest
Lee Westwood (20/1 with Betfred) is never one to dismiss easily, but the 2010 Open runner-up blows more cold than hot these days, and may find it tough this week, while the likes of Matthew Fitzpatrick (20/1) and Shane Lowry (16/1) are another brace of eye-catching contenders this week, but both may have to play second fiddle to Hatton, who can spearhead the home challenger.
2017 Top GB & Ireland Player Odds
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