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Rupert Wyman 12th Jul 2011 - 21:24

Jeff Overton could be ready to 'Boom' again

Last year the winner of the British Open was Oosthuizen (80/1) and he did not kick-off the event at a short price. There is plenty of value at the Open Championship and with it being a links course, it would be no surprise to see an unusual name atop of the leaderboard on Sunday evening.

One player that has peaked at the perfect time is Robert Rock (150/1). He won the BMW Italian Open recently and he is playing some of the best golf of his career. He was let down at the Scottish Open last week by a poor first round of seventy-five, otherwise he would have been in contention to win the weather-battered event.

He was tied for seventh last year and had he not played in the terrible weather on the Friday that affected Mcllroy (8/1) and shot a seventy-eight, he could even be the holder of this event.

He looks a massive price at 150/1 and now he has finally shed his maiden tag, you can expect a massive performance in Kent.

Sergio Garcia (33/1) came second in the BMW International Open and he seems to have overcome his putting demons and regained some pride after a fantastic fall from grace. The former world number two was seventh in the US Open and fourteenth is this major last year.

The stats geeks amongst us would say that he cannot win in Kent because he has never won a major in forty-seven attempts. He is too short at 8/15 to be the top Spanish player because if Quiros (110/1) is finding greens in regulation and making use of his massive drive to good effect, he could be a major player.

However, Garcia will have his supporters at 33/1 and he is on the way back. He is also one of the biggest drivers at the event and the penal rough is not too thick off the fairways, so if he is slightly off course he could still make par or better.

One player that I will be backing, is one of the most improved players on the European Tour and now a household name.  He is a really big-hitter and the best value at the British Open. The 175/1 on offer for Colsaerts to win is almost an insult, he is coming off the back of a tied third place finish at the Scottish Open.

His driving accuracy is better than ever, he is driving over three-hundred yards at best and hitting a stunning 74.27% of greens in regulation on the European Tour. The stats cannot be ignored, he has not looked out of sorts amongst the best this season and he reached the semi-finals of the World Match Play Championship in Spain.

Luke Donald (12/1) has won two of his last three events on the European Tour and he is the world number one and a total professional. I am not a massive fan of backing players for back-to-back victories but he is the best at scrambling and sand saves in the world. He is a short price but he should be thereabouts on Sunday.

You could be hearing 'Boom, Baby' a few times on terrestrial TV this week, Jeff Overton (125/1) finished tied for third place at the AT&T National recently and he is finding some form at the right time. He has finished inside the top-15 in his last two appearances at the British Open and he clearly likes links courses.

He has not had a stellar season but Americans have won this event in the past and his inability to find that many greens in regulation of late, can only be improved on!

One other player that is of interest is the South African star in the making George Coetzee (150/1). He finished in a tie for third at the rain shortened Scottish Open and he recently got into the British Open at a qualifying event.

He has come in the top-15 in five of his last six events on the European Tour, he may be young and inexperienced but this may work in his favour. He is 5/1 to finish in the top-10 but he looks too big a price as an each-way bet at 150/1.




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