Strong support for Sergio in the Open betting market

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The enigma that is Sergio Garcia has seemingly finally convinced punters he’s worth of a bet following huge support for the Spaniard in the Open betting.

Garcia has come close to breaking his Major duck on a number of occasions and is enjoying a resurgence in his game following a couple of years in the doldrums, leaving punters confident of a Sergio victory this week.

A play-off defeat in the BMW International Open on his last start coupled with a top 10 finish in the US Open is very strong form for Garcia.

For a player that recorded six top-10 finishes in the Open between the years of 2001 and 2007, the links courses of Britain offer very little threat to Garcia and if the Spaniard can nail the clutch putts – that’s a very big if – he will be in contention on Sunday afternoon.

A bet of £5,000 was laid by Ladbrokes yesterday at 33/1 for Garcia to win the Open and the Spaniard is now the joint-fifth favourite to land the Claret jug.

With six places being paid on this week’s Open with a quarter of the odds available for an each-way bet, Garcia is offering plenty of value in the Open betting if he is to reproduce his early career form.

One other man that offers plenty of value is Fredrik Jacobson at 100/1 and there are plenty of people who are quietly confident about the Swede’s chances this week.

In the 2003 Open at Royal St George’s Jacobson finished in a tie for sixth following three sub-70 rounds and the Swede enters the Open on the back of his maiden PGA Tour win in the Traveler’s Championship.

That win came just a week after a US Open in which Jacobson finished in a tie for 14th and its easy to see why the Swede is attracting plenty of interest.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.