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Nic Ladds 14th Jul 2009 - 11:05

Make the most of the Open with a tournament match bet

If you're having trouble making up your mind about who to side with in the Open then another great way to be involved in the action from start to finish is with a tournament match bet.

With our selected match bets you simply need your player to do better than their opponent over the course of the tournament so regardless of where they finish, as long as it's higher than their adversary then you win.

Here we have selected some of the stand out match bets so you can have an interest in the action right up until the final ball is holed.

Sergio Garcia to beat Lee Westwood at 5/6

If you compare this pair's Open record then it looks a no-brainer. Sergio Garcia has six top 10 finishes out of his last eight starts in this tournament and this links specialist looks set to thrive at Turnberry.

Lee Westwood meanwhile, apart from a finish of fourth in 2004 has a very poor Open record for a player of his calibre.

He generally fares far better in the US Open and on top of this it looks like he has forgotten how to win. He forced a playoff against Martin Kaymer in the French Open but found the water to hand it to the German on a plate suggesting his head is not ready for a challenge such as this when it comes to the crunch.

Garcia's record this year is not as good as Westwood's but the Spaniard raises his game on the big stage as his tenth in the US Open showed and he could thrive now playing in an environment which will suit him perfectly and a tournament he obviously loves.

Westwood rarely plays well in the Open and it will be surprise if he turns up this year and sinks Garcia.

Richard Green to beat Rod Pampling at 5/6

Richard Green comes in to the Open in fantastic form with three top 10 finishes in his last four starts and a respectable show in last week's Scottish Open.

His fourth in the Open in 2007 shows that he has the game to get competitive here and when you compare his efforts to Rod Pampling's record it starts to look an even more appealing bet.

Pampling was cut last year and has never finished in the top 25. He played well enough last week to suggest he will not disgrace himself but his record this year leaves much to be desired with just one top 10 finish in his 15 starts and Green looks a certainty to finish higher than his Australian compatriot.

Ian Poulter to beat Jim Furyk at 5/6

On paper this looks a very close match but Ian Poulter in our opinion looks like one of the leading contenders to capture the Open title and he looks to have the game to keep one step ahead of Jim Furyk.

Poulter finished second in last year's Open and has continued to improve since then and has been playing on the European Tour in preparation for this and his third in the French Open show what fine fettle he is in.

Furyk is in decent form as well and has a solid Open record the last three years but five missed cuts in a row before that show he could do anything at Turnberry.

The course will suite Poulter down to a tee and while he hasn't won recently, he looks like an Open winner waiting to happen and is the pick to out gun Furyk over the four days.

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