2015 Open Championship Predictions and Preview
The Open Championship predictions and preview
The oldest of the four major tournaments, the 2015 Open Championship will be the 144th time the vent has been played. This year, sees the Open return to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Scotland.
Famous for it’s huge opening fairway and shared greens, The Old Course is a traditional seaside links and has 14 par 4’s and just two par 3’s and two par 5’s. This varies from the majority of par 72 courses, which have 10 par 4’s, four par 3’s and four par 5’s.
Despite the fact the Open is played on different courses each year, they are always traditional seaside links courses and the last seven winners of the tournament have all ranked in the top 10 for either Greens in Regulation or Putting Average. Considering the size of the greens at St. Andrews, putting average could have a major factor in determining the winner. However, with 14 par 4’s to be played, par 4 average is also going to have a significant say.
Seven of the last 10 Open champions have all ranked 1st or 2nd in the par 4 averages column, so a look at current statistics in that area, is worthwhile. There are some great names currently in the top ten for par 4 performance this year, including the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Another interesting statistic, is that the previous five winners of the Open, all played a links event the week before.
Henrik Stenson – 22/1 Bet365 – Stenson is aiming to win his first major title and lose the tag of ‘best player never to win a major’. The Swede has come close to winning this tournament twice in the past and with wet weather looking likely on the first two days, this could play in to his hands. Stenson also boasts strong par 4 statistics, in addition to leading the greens hot averages this season. With McIlroy out of the mix and Jordan Spieth inexperienced at St. Andrews, this could be Stenson’s year.
Martin Kaymer – 33/1 Bet365 – Kaymer has a good links record and won the Dunhill Links tournament at St. Andrews in 2010. Having finished fourth at the Open de France earlier in the month, the German is also in decent form. The last time the Open Championship was held at St. Andrews, Kaymer finished seventh and will be looking to build on that in 2015.
What are your Open Championship predictions?