Open Championship | 16th – 19th July 2015 

The 2015 Open Championship starts on Thursday with live coverage on the BBC. Jordan Spieth is looking starts the Championship as favourite, with odds of 7.00. The closest contender would have been Rory McIlroy however he has pulled out following an injury. The World Number One golfer ruptured his ankle ligaments whilst having a ‘kick about’, and after consulting Tiger Woods (who himself has had a number of injuries) decided to rest his body and even remains a doubt for the US PGA Championship next month.

In the absence of McIlroy and with Spieth’s good form, only doubts remain about his experience at St Andrews.  He has only played once at the course before, as an amateur in his teenage years, and decided against arriving early to practice instead favouring to play in the John Deere Classic. To compensate for that, Spieth has been using a simulator but former successors at St Andrews have largely all had a lot of playing time there.

If Spieth does slip up, Dustin Johnson is the second favourite at 13.00 whilst the Englishman Justin Rose is third favourite. Rose represents value at odds of 17.00.  He finished second to Spieth in the Masters and although he faded away in the Scottish Open, he has also been in good form and the Open is the tournament he wants to win the most.

The BBC lost rights to show The Open from 2016 citing low interest from viewers. At the time of writing, we know of just three offers for the Open which is less than we expected, but we will update this as normal if more offers become available.

Betfair: Paying out eight places

Betfair lead the way for the Open Championship paying out on a massive eight places for its customers. If your golfer finishes in positions 1-6, Betfair will pay out as per normal, but if your golfer finishes in 7th or 8th, the maximum pay out for these positions is £25 per customer. If you’re going to bet to place at the Open, Betfair is your best choice.

Ladbrokes: Money back and 6 places

For both new and existing customers, Ladbrokes have two offers for The Open. Firstly, if you bet on the outright winner (singles and each-way), and they fail to make the cut after 36 holes, Ladbrokes will refund your losing stake as a free bet. The maximum refund available is £25. If it is each-way that you decide to bet, Ladbrokes are paying out six places. That’s not as much as Betfair though.

Unibet:  Free in-play bet

Unibet are giving customers a free £10 in-play bet for the opening day of the tournament. Again, for both new and existing customers, to qualify you simply need to place a £20 on the outright winner (not to place) before the 16th July. Important to note here is that you must opt-in to be eligible. Unless you do this, you won’t be awarded the free bet. To do so, visit the promotions page on the main navigation.