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I dont know how Steven Connolly got GMac to open up like this but it's a cracking watch!

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Came across this "Behind The Scenes" video on the official channel of The Open and watching from beginning to end it reveals a lot more than it intended to.

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Like Rory's grinding hard with his putting on the practice green, to Tiger finding his sole place of solitude on the course, to the banter between the pros and the constant push and pull of the press men to get a story.

I especially liked the bit where Darren Clarke talks about "last week"!!!!  Here's the full video.

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The 2018 Open Championship is finally upon is and here is my Long Odds Only betting preview and tips with thanks to my brilliant sponsors

Make sure you've seen my original 2018 Open Championship Betting Tips Post too. That's the main post with my main picks!

2018 British Open Championship Long Odds Only Picks

2018 British Open Championship Long Odds Only Tips

If you haven't seen it here is my Top 5 2018 Open Championship Betting Tips Video.

Doc's Top 5 2018 Open Championship Long Odds Tips

Thomas Pieters 90/1

It is so infuriating watching Thomas Pieters on the golf course sometimes. I'm not joking when I say he is one of the most talented ball strikers in the world but he seems to not be enjoying a second of it.  Now I think his T6 at Gullane last week might just be a tipping point for the Belgian and he truly can kick on this week and really do well. But his patience and mood will be tested to the max by Carnoustie; that's why the bookies don’t fancy him.

Zach Johnson 100/1

Zach Johnson plays his 15th Open Championship this year and as his career has progressed he has come to love the links game. From missing the cut in his first three, Johnson has six top 20's since 2011 including a T9, a T6 and of course that famous win at Saint Andrews in 2015.  This year he's only missed one cut at Fort Worth is coming in off a huge T12 at Shinnecock a top 20 at The Travelers where he shot a 63 and another decent showing at the John Deere.  He will grind every step of the way in Carnoustie and gain precious strokes on the field putting; you can bet on that.

Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1

One of my favourite players on Tour is Jacob Thorbjorn and maybe its just me but I think he'll win a Claret Jug during his career.  Battled, and I mean "battled" his way to a T6 finish in Ballyliffin after hitting it all over the course on Thursday and that's coming after a T2 in Germany and big Rolex Series win in Italy.  Yes his Open record thus far is poor but Olesen has won the Alfred Dunhill Links and I think he's worthy of an each way flutter at very long odds.

Xander Schauffele 100/1

Wont be mentioned by many heading into the Open and that's partly because nobody can pronounce his name and partly because he quietly goes about his business.  Winner of the Tour Championship in 2017, T2 at this years Players and T6 at the US Open is not too shabby heading into only his second Open. He was T20 on his debut in Birkdale last year.

Stewart Cink 250/1

Poor old Stewart will forever be known as the man that stole Tom Watson's Open in 2009 but after great showings with a T4 at The St Jude and T2 at The Travelers, he'll be full of confidence heading to Carnoustie this week.  And he knows how to play this course under Open conditions having finished T6 when it last staged in 2007.

It is going to be epic at Carnoustie this week. Thanks again to my sponsors NorthandWestCoast  Enjoy The Open, Bet responsibly and see you all next time. 

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The 2018 Open Championship is finally upon is and here is my betting preview and tips with thanks to my brilliant sponsors

2018 British Open Championship Betting Preview And Tips

I've also a second video and post here made especially for those of you who love your Long Odds Glory selections.

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Dustin Johnson tops the betting at 11/1 for Carnoustie and is followed down the list by Rose, Fowler, McIlroy, Rahm and Fleetwood and you know what, I have to give credit to the bookies ahead of the Open, there are some decent odds on the big names in the win only market.  I even see Sergio at 33/1. He's been in the top-6 in three of his last four Opens, has a history at Carnoustie from 2007 and played great in France last time out.  So lot's of value among the favourites.

But as always my strategy is each-way betting; the bookies try to outdo each other and offer payouts for lots of places  at The Open so here are my top-5 each way bets.

Doc's Top 5 2018 Open Championship Betting Tips

Henrik Stenson 25/1

You cannot contend at Carnoustie without hitting fairways and greens, it's simply not a course you can fluke the ball around, and that's why I'm giving Henrik the nod for another good Open Championship this year.  After close shaves in 2008, 2010, and 2013 Henrik finally got his hands on the Claret Jug in Troon in 2016 and battled to a T11 defending last year at Birkdale despite his rental house being burgled.  T5 at this years Masters, T6 at the US Open he's a man for the big occasion.

Brooks Koepka 22/1

Having won the US Open for us at 20/1 I surely owe Brooks Koepka a tip this week.  This is actually just Brook's fifth Open Championship; he was T6 in Birkdale last year, missed Troon in 2016 with an injured ankle and was T10 at Saint Andrews in 2015. A T2 at the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links adds to his links credentials and with Portrush man Ricky Elliot on the bag, you just know team Koepka will have a sound strategy in place to contend this week.

Alex Noren 35/1

The second Swede on my Open shortlist has to be Alex Noren. He was a winning tip also for me in France and that stern test at a firm fast Paris National, albeit without the Carnoustie winds, has to be a solid indicator of form for this week. Alex's French stats included a T2 in Driving Accuracy and T5 in Greens In Regulation, two areas that will be crucial this week. T6 last year in Birkdale and has what it takes to become a Major Champion.

Marc Leishman 40/1

It's hard to pin down Marc Leishman on form heading into this year's Open Championship but I saw enough in a T13 at the Quicken Loans to think his game is in pretty decent shape heading to Carnoustie.  What isn't hard to pin down is how the Aussie has managed a T6 at Birkdale in 2017, was in a play off in Saint Andrews in 2015 and was T5 at Hoylake in 2014; that's three top-6 finishes in his last four Opens! More of that please and Marc will pay out each way.

Ian Poulter 60/1

Ian Poulter is a ballsy player but can he find that missing piece of the puzzle to become a Major champion? Well I will put it to you like this…did you foresee Poults winning again on the PGA Tour this year? And that happened in Houston.  And he's added six more top-25 finishes since.  If you look at the stats from Carnoustie in 2007 and 1999 putting great has been a hallmark of all top finishers so don’t count Poults out for a good each way showing. Warmed up with a T30 in Gullane last week.

It is going to be epic at Carnoustie this week. Thanks again to my sponsors NorthandWestCoast  Enjoy The Open, Bet responsibly.

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Tiger Woods played a practice round at Carnoustie yesterday and debuted a new TaylorMade GAPR LO driving iron.  He also seems to be sticking with his TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 mallet putter that replaced his famous Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS at the Quicken Loans.

Pics by equipment expert Jonathon Wall on twitter

The new driving iron could replace Woods TaylorMade Tour Preferred UDI 2-iron.

Woods was surprised by the speed of the fairways.

"Right now the fairways are faster than the greens," he said. "I am sure they will probably speed the greens up a touch, but I'm sure this will be one of those weeks where the fairways are a little quicker than the greens."

"It is mainly trajectory. You can get the same numbers with different trajectories. That's what is going to be important, how hot you want the ball coming into the fairways. You can really make the ball roll 60, 70, 80 yards. Is it really worth it or not? Some of the holes, can you carry bunkers? It is a risk/reward golf course, and the way it is set up right now, it is going to play very narrow because it is so fast."

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Highlight of the Scottish Open at the weekend, apart from Brandon Stone's putting, was the twitter row between Ian Poulter and a marshal who accused him of being an "arsehole" and using him to gain an unfair advantage in the tournament.

Poulter and the marshal....crime writer Quintin Jardine

Poults met the marshal after hitting his drive into a bush beside him. The ball was visible in the bush and the marshal was careful not to disturb it.

As it turned out the marshal was a well known crime writer named Quintin Jardine and he was quick to post a wordsmiths account of the incident on his blog and send it to the European Tour.

Excerpts from the since deleted letter read....

"I am one of dozens of volunteers who have been contributing to the success of the Scottish Open," he wrote. "I don’t do it for the meal vouchers or the shirt, but to help my golf club make the event a success, and for the benefit of my home village. I certainly don’t do it to be abused by a competitor."
"Mr Poulter arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was. I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn’t expecting thanks, but I wasn’t expecting aggression either."
"He told me in essence that I should have, his reasoning being that if I stood on the ball it was a free drop, whereas if he did it was a penalty… He (later) came back at me and said again that next time … I should go straight in there feet first."
"Industrial language doesn’t bother me," said Jardine "but truculent aggression does."

Poulter himself responded to Jardine protesting his innocence.

 “It's a shame if he has misunderstood my explanation to him. I was trying to help him out. I don't abuse volunteers.”

​He then wrote a further explanation on Twitter:
"Extremely sad to see a marshall has wrote in and complained about me aiming abuse at him on the first hole.

"I asked if he found my ball and his response was "it's in there somewhere" "I didn't want to step on it" I replied "if you stand on it I can replace it without penalty but if I stand on it I will get penalized"

"Venting at myself like I do at times, I said a couple of choice words aimed at myself. I do not abuse Marshall's. I may have done in my early years.

"After I played my shot I said to the Marshall "I'm not frustrated at you I just want you to know the rule incase you come across the situation again. He said ok thanks."

But the pen is mightier than the tweet and it was Jardine's last words that were felt strongest.

"I would like him to be reminded that even though most of the world knows you’re an a---hole, there’s no need to go proving it to the rest."
"I will take his apology as read, but if he wants to make it in person, I’m not hard to find in Gullane."
Jardine has now removed the post from his blog and explained why.

Seems that Mr Poulter has disputed my account of our exchange yesterday. Now I’m having email abuse from pond life and bottom feeders. I don’t need that.

The only way I can get rid of it is by deleting the original post. In retrospect I should probably have kept the dispute private, but it’s out of the box now, and I must rely on the Tour to make a judgement.

Mr Poulter has gone public to his two million Twitter followers with his version of events. All I can say is that I stand by mine and at no time did I ever utter the words ‘OK thanks.’ What I did say was ‘Vive Les Belges.’ Now I wish I’d said ‘Come on you Spurs,’ as that really would have pushed his buttons.

I still hope to hear from him, but I don’t expect to. That won’t bother me, not a bit.

And the moral of the story? Never mess with arseholes or marshals.

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For those of you who don't know Ryan Fox is the son of former All Black legendary out half Grant Fox so when junior and Dean Burmester took part in a Rugby Golf Challenge at the Scottish Open it has to be worth a look!

Here's the link to the video. There is no God damn embed code.

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Carnoustie or "Carnasty" hosts the 2018 Open Championship next week and here's an excellent course preview from Golfing World with interviews from greenkeepers.

Carnoustie is ready.

When Paul Lawrie won there in 1999, the winning score was +6.  And then of course this happened.

Padraig Harrington's winning score was -7.  He came from six behind on Sunday and beat Sergio in a playoff.

I cannot wait!

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Love this video in which, a clearly at ease Tiger Woods, explains how he does his club twirl.

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I've no idea as to the location or origin other than spotting Ahmad Rashad at the end of it. But isn't it just great to see Tiger smiling!

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Phil Mickelson really needs the people to fall in love with him again, but just now it's not going well.  After blatantly flouting the rules of golf (cheating) at The US Open, the "people's champion" blanked reporters ahead of the Scottish Open.

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Writing in the Heraldscotland Nick Rodger said
The battalion of scribblers joined up just off the practice putting green in an impressive pincer movement as Phil ambled off it but having been asked for a quick blether, the 2013 champion responded with a handshake, a smile and said: “Think I’ll pass on that.” It was one of the more polite “sod offs” we’ve had.

Phil is not due to give a press conference at any point this week either and Gaurdian golf writer James Corrigan kicked off a torrent of ill sentiment on Twitter.

Mickelson was involved in yet another rules incident at the Greenbrier, being assessed a two shot penalty for improving his lie.

Lets hope Leftie gets it right in the next fornight.

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2018 Scottish Open Betting Preview And Tips

July 12th – 15th, 2018
Gullane G.C., Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,133
Purse: $7 million with $1,166,660 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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After a brilliant week in Ireland, the (also rotating) Scottish Open returns to Gullane which last hosted in 2015.  Winner then Rickie Fowler tops the betting at 10/1 alongside Justin Rose with  last week's champion Russell Know now 20/1.  Winning does take a mental toll but Knox still looks the value bet in the win-only market given his putting performance last week and the need to perform especially well with the flatstick to contend at Gullane.

As always however my strategy is Each-Way betting.
Last week: Russell Knox Winner 30/1, Andy Sullivan T6 28/1

Doc's Top 5 Scottish Open Each Way Bets

Tip 1: Raphael Jacquelin 125/1

Rapha is a smooth operator.

Not every course suits the smooth swinging Frenchman so he has to make hay while the sun shines as they say during this links stretch.  Really impressed me at Ballyliffin last week with a cerebral approach to hitting 56 greens in regulation to score a T10.  That's two Top-10's in his last four starts and Rapha has a rich Scottish Open pedigree including a T2 at this venue Gullane in 2015. (At time of writing Rapha is 125/1; I have people saying 'where do you get these odds' and what happens is the bookies trim them when my tips are published. So here's the ticker sheet with the odds below)

Tip 2: Tyrrell Hatton 20/1

Ricky's bro Tyrrell.

What a turnaround in form it has been for Tyrell.  After some early season scores in Dubai and Mexico he went through the horrors before class prevailed with a T6 at the US Open and T16 in France last time out.  T4 in this event and 2nd at Castle Stuart in 2016 and given Hatton has won the last two stagings of the Alfred Dunhill Links this is a no brainer for a man in form.

Tip 3: Andy Sullivan 28/1

Remember when Sully won the fake trip to space!!

Got to stick with Andy after he again scored a place reduction at the Irish Open with another T6 finish.  The anatomy of last week was a T2 in fairways hit and T5 in Greens In Regulation and while a hot putter might be more needed at Gullane I still think Sully has a chance. That's now Dubai, Morocco, Sicily, Italy, Germany AND Ireland where Andy has had top-10's so keep the faith. T9 last year at Dundonald and T6 in 2016 at Castle Stuart.

Tip 4: Ryan Fox 50/1

Bummer to have an All Black as a Dad!

Was absolutely sick that I left him off my betslip last week but the bludgeoning Kiwi gets the nod to come into the team for Scotland.  Foxy's tactic is clear; batter the ball as far as possible on links and see what happens. It worked in Ireland now two years in a row (lost a playoff to Russell Knox last week) and he'll have fond memories of a T4 at Dundonald last year also.

Tip 5:  Dylan Frittelli 66/1

No wimbledon this year for Dylan.

Erik Van Rooyen grabbed all the headlines at the Irish Open last week but it was another South African Dylan Fritteli that really impressed me.  A T14 there added to his T12 in France and I'm sure he'll give you a run for your money this week if backed.

Long Odds Glory Shots

I keep getting asked to expand this Long Odds section and there is a tonne of value here again this week.  Here's a few that caught my eye.

Joakim Lagergren 100/1
Didn't happen for Joakim in Ireland last week and maybe playing in the final group on Sunday took it's toll as he slipped to a T12 finish.  However for his first week back on links I was super impressed with the Swede and given he's been right up there also at the least three Dunhill Links Championships, he can continue to do well in Scotland this week.  Won in Sicily this year and could come good again.

Danny Willett 100/1
I simply cannot believe that the bookies have Danny at 100/1 this week after he added to his T8 in Italy with a T6 in Ballyliffin last week.  The comeback is complete; belief is there. 100/1 are some mighty odds.

Mathieu Pavon 150/1
Cameo's at the Irish Open with an opening pair of 68's but slipped to T10 by the finish.  Third at Dundonald last year and well worth plotting his progression this week.

David Drysdale (250/1)  and Marc Warren (200/1) are among the home players this week and are crazy long odds.  David battled his way his a T28 at Ballyliffin and Marc was T4 at Gullane the last time it staged in 2015

Here's the odds at time of writing using oddschecker (no affiliation)

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He's often criticised for his slow play but Greenbrier Classic winner Kevin Na is also one of the most likeable players on the PGA Tour.

At the end of his interview with Amanda Balionis Kevin asked to make some comments in his native Korean and my goodness were they heartfelt.  Here's just that portion of the interview.

In case you missed here are the highlights

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What an amazing four days the Irish Open was. An absolute dream come true for all concerned in beautiful Ballyliffin and a dramatic finish fitting of the occasion.

Here's some alternate views of the winning putt.

Funny moment of the week was Knox trying and failing to throw away his apple!

There are a couple of great videos of Russell singing with the greenkeepers after. Head greenkeeper Andy Robertson is also a Scot!

I was busy on Twitter too yesterday. Mainly highlighting the fact that I tipped the winner!

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Easily the comedy highlight of the week at the Irish Open is the parody Padraig Harrington aftershave commercial.

Produced by master Harrington voice impersonator Steven Connolly, the commercial parodies the recent "scent" released by Darren Clarke.

Everybody thought it was real!


So impressed was Harrington himself that he tweeted out the video.

Here's it is....introducing "Compliance".....the scent of correctness!

and on Twitter

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Busy first day of the 2018 Irish Open in Ballyliffin and I headed out with the Jon Rahm, GMac and Rafa group in perfect conditions.

It was a case of "if you keep it in the fairway you can score well" but if you miss it, it's Russian roulette in the rough.

Jon Rahm whacks the rough in anger after fluffing his chip. Video below.
Scoring in the group was surprisingly modest but I did get a fascinating insight from Jon and his caddie Adam Hayes into the meticulous preparation that goes into every shot.

About a two minute discussion went into this one.

But no matter how much you talk, sometimes there's just no way to figure out the Ballyliffin rough! This was painful.

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Here's my 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open annual course run.

Featuring GMac, Richard Sterne, Thomas Detry, Romain Wattel, Greg Havret, Dunners, Steven Gallacher and lots of staff and helpers around Ballyliffin Golf Club. Apologies for the sound in places but it's windy here!

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