Ray Flanagan with his best bets for the British Open.
It may pay to look at some alternative markets for this weeks British Open and here are my thoughts.
Top Englishman- Eddie Pepperell- 12/1
Eddie has been playing quite steadily in recent years and boasts a fine links record. He was sixth at Carnoustie 12 months ago and he showed up well recently at Lahinch where he would have finished closer but for a cold putter. A tough character he will not mind lashing rain unlike some of his compatriots who are more used to the sunnier plains stateside. He could emerge best in this category.
Outright- Henrik Stenson -Place Top Ten– and Win
Henrik is a former British Open champion and after a quiet few years he has started to be showing signs of returning to his best form recently. He was very good tee to green at Renaissance last week and it looks on the cards that he can lead the greens in regulation stats this week which will give him every chance.
Outright- Haotong Li – 100/1
An outsider who could go well this week is Haotong Li. The Chinese has been showing glimpses of form in top events over the past two to three years and the general consensus is that a British Open represents perhaps his best chance of contending at the highest level. He was a fine third two years ago at Birkdale shooting a 63 on the Saturday and has shaped nicely in warm up events at Lahinch and Scotland. He was unlucky to miss the cut after scoring -6 on the second round last week but that will leave him with a few more days rest for the big event. I fancy him to go very well in the tournament.
Top 20- Rafael Cabrera Bello–
Rafael boasts course form- runner up at the 2012 Irish Open held at Portrush and he showed himself in good heart recently with another runner-up effort in the Irish Open at Lahinch a fortnight ago. The Spaniard is an excellent links player and his accurate iron play and knowledge of links golf should give him every chance of a top 20.
Flanagan’s Recommended Bets
5 pts -Cabrera Bello- Top 20- 5-2 Betfair
2 pts ew- Eddie Pepperall-Top Englishman-12-1 P Power
3 pts Henrik Stenson- Top Ten- 3-1 Betfair
1 pt ew-Henrik Stenson-25-1 P Power- 10 places
1 pt ew-Haotong Li-100-1 P Power-10 places.