Don’t blink, New Jersey online golf bettors. Here comes the Open Championship, formerly known as the British Open, at an unusual time.
The last of the four annual PGA Tour Majors unfolds Thursday-Sunday from Royal St. George’s course in England, creating viewing and betting time differences.
Here’s how to watch The Open
The NJ golf betting customers may want to consider adjusting the wake-up time on the alarm clock as coverage starts at 4 a.m. on the Golf Channel.
Once again, The Open is being split between sister networks NBC and the
Golf Channel. Here is a closer look at how and when to watch live each day:
Thursday, July 15: 4 a.m-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Friday, July 16: 4 a.m-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, July 17: 5-7 a.m. ET (Golf Channel); 7 a.m.-3 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, July 18: 4-7 a.m. ET (Golf Channel); 7 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (NBC)
The new times can become a boon for early-bird bettors or gamblers with insomnia.
The tournament will entice both Garden State bettors who make pre-tournament wagers and others who place bets throughout the four-day event.
Many gamblers wager into both areas. The beauty of PGA betting is that gamblers can find an abundant lineup, even if they miss the initial action.
Tough Royal St. George course impacts prop strategy
Weekend betting warriors can eye the birdie and bogey possibilities on the “next” hole bets all weekend.
Most holes for the pros end in par, but the winning score in this event at this layout 10 years ago was 5-under-par by Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland. Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson were second at -2. One other player was -1.
The rest of the field, more than 100 players, did not break par. That means bogeys could be paramount this weekend.
Don’t be afraid to bet “bogey” on a number of these holes.
Some top candidates:
The third hole, a long, difficult par-3, plays 239 yards and had a scoring average above 3 in the 2011 Open.
The fourth hole is a tough par 4 at 491 yards. It usually averages above 4 strokes.
The 15th, a 496-yard par 4, has bunkers in play along the right side and in front of the green. It is considered the hardest hole on the course.
There’s a real good birdie opportunity too.
The seventh is a big birdie hole. It is a par-5, 566-yard layout most of the pros will reach the green in two. Mickelson delivered an eagle on this hole 10 years ago. Betting a golfer to make at least a birdie is a worthwhile consideration.
It’s good to watch how certain players fare on the potential birdie and bogey holes. It will give gamblers some data to wager into in the final two rounds.
Intrigue may follow the seventh, for example. A par will feel like a bogey on that hole. A player might be deflated by under-achieving on a potential scoring hole and that could carry over.
Pre-tournament wagers for The Open
The early DraftKings Sportsbook board has Jon Rahm is favored at +700. He’s +180 for the Top 5 and -120 for the Top 10. He should play well but doesn’t have great value.
Jordan Spieth is +1400 to win, +270 for Top 5, and +135 for Top 10.
Brooks Koepka is +1600 to win, +350 for Top 5, +160 for Top 10.
Rory McIlroy, the Irishman, may be comfortable in this type of setting. McIlroy is +1800 to win, +350 for Top 5, and +160 for Top 10.
So is Dustin Johnson.
European golfers will merit a closer look in this tournament. Will this be when Tyrrell Hatton of England, +3500 to win, +550 for Top 5, and +300 for Top 10, comes alive?
The Open could offer longshot values and sleepers
Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, said he loves this tournament because it offers something different.
“When you think about the courses in England, and this one in particular, these guys are not going to be able to just hit it and spin the ball onto the green,” Avello told NJ Gambling Sites. “There will be a lot more hitting the ball to land in front of the green and letting it run up.”
The old-school bump-and-run style rewards shot-making from around the green. It may also impact putting. If the course takes rain, the greens will become slower. Some players like that because it enables a firm putting stroke, making the shot more about the stroke rather than the break.
“Some guys may be attuned to this, like McIlroy,” Avello says. “One thing you have to love, though, is the talent of the field. A lot of these players will have the ability to adjust to the conditions.”
Avello always touts longshot values and prefers to look well down the board to find sleepers. Rahm is a short price for this level of competition.
“But nobody was ever shorter than Tiger Woods,” he laughed about the golf legend. “You see well over 100 players and here he is 7-5. And then he’d go out and win the tournament!”
Avello said that although the start time could impact business on the East Coast, DraftKings would have its best Open handle ever.
William Hill and the Rory McIlroy story
Odds at William Hill are similar to DraftKings, in most respects.
But McIlroy shoppers can find some value before the tournament. He is +188 for the Top 10 compared to +160 at DraftKings. That may not look like much, but it’s a difference of $28 for a $100 wager.
Here’s a fun, interesting, yet difficult prop, the margin of victory.
A one-stroke difference is +250
A two-stroke edge is +350
A three-shot margin? It’s +450
A win of four shots or higher is +333
Playoff is +300
This is a great side ticket, especially if one’s favorite golfer fails to contend.
Here’s a little history: the last Open at this site produced a three-stroke margin.
BetMGM has a creative Open menu, too
BetMGM is offering value for McIlroy shoppers at + 220 for a Top-10 finish.
Other wagers include top lefties, golfers by nationalities, and a four-pack: Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Rahm, and Koepka to make the cut. It’s -110.
A hole-in-one by any golfer in the first round is +400.
Keep checking the boards. Some wagers are taken off for newer ones and reappear later.
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