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British Open - Matchup Bets

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The PGA TOUR heads overseas to the  148th Open Championship  at the Dunluce Links Course at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.


Each week we'll take a look at the best round matchups to try and build up a nice bankroll.

Webb Simpson (-130) vs. Tyrrell Hatton: Simpson does so many things well, including a strong combination of accuracy off the tee and a Scoring Average (69.442) of fourth overall on Tour. He is also ninth in Sand Save Percentage, and that particular expertise might come in handy on the deep bunkers at Royal Portrush. His work in the Scrambling and Putting categories will also pay huge dividends.

Webb Simpson (-145) vs. Patrick Reed: As mentioned, Simpson is outstanding in so many areas needed for success at Royal Portrush. On the flip side, Reed's lack of accuracy off the tee will get him in a heap of trouble in the numerous patches of cabbage.

 Patton Kizzire (-125) vs. Ernie Els: Call it age-shaming, or whatever. I just don't like the chances of Els against a young and more powerful player like Kizzire. Plus, Kizzire's decent Scrambling ability and solid work in the putting department will be nice for him.

Brandt Snedeker (-130) vs. Phil Mickelson: A lot of folks might look at this and want to bet the fan favorite Mickelson, but he isn't a good value. He is terribly inaccurate off of the tee box, and that is going to get him in a lot of trouble at Portrush. Snedeker, on the other hand, is more accurate off the tee, and he ranks 14th in Sand Save Percentage, too, if that's ever needed. He also ranks 12th in Putts Per Round on Tour.

Last event (Travelers): 2-1 (+90)
This season: 31-28-2 (-25)


Top 20 Finish - Webb Simpson (+230): I am just loving Simpson at this price. He does so many things well, and he could end up punching even more above his weight than just 20th.

Top 20 Finish - Shane Lowry (+230): Another strong value in the neighborhood of Simpson is Lowry, the 33rd-ranked golfer in the World Rankings. He just doesn't get enough credit, and will be right there challenging in the end.


Top Australian - Adam Scott (+150): Scott has been adding a lot of steam lately heading into this tournament, and he has been the more consistent player than fellow Aussie Jason Day this season. Dimi Papadatos (+3300) is an intriguing play at this price level, too.

Last event: 2-3 (+110)
This season: 21-45 (-1738)

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