THE OPEN will be a straight shoot-out between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson on the final day at Royal Troon.
Stenson, one of Ace Venturer’s antepost picks, is now 8-11 favourite with McBookie and William Hill. If you backed him at 30-1 as Ace advised cover on Mickelson at 6-4 with William Hill or Paddy Power if you haven’t done so.
While the Swede is the odds-on favourite he’s yet to win a Major while Mickelson is a former Open champion so I wouldn’t write off the American who is just one shot off the pace on 11 under.
Bill Haas in third looks too far behind on six under as it’s unlikely both Stenson and Mickelson will collapse.
Anyone outside the top two is going to have to shoot 65 or 66 in difficult conditions to even be in contention. The best score on Saturday was 68 which shows how tough it was. One of the 68s came from Hayden Porteous who was out first on his own – picking up just three shots moved him from 81st and last to joint 25th.
I was getting to like “Beef” but he beat my twoball treble with Jason Day a winner and Rory McIlroy void.
Sunday’s treble starts with defending champion Zach Johnson to finish well and outscore senior star Miguel Angel Jimenez. Add Dustin Johnson to beat Kevin Na. Dustin would be there or thereabouts if he hadn’t lost about four balls. One hole – the dreaded 11th – prevented him from shooting another low score yesterday.
And finally take big-hitting Tony Finau who has made a massive impression in his first Open. He goes out near the end of the day and is up against Soren Kjeldsen who played well yesterday but couldn’t buy a putt in a round of 75.
All of mine and Ace’s outright bets made the cut and he still has Stenson for the win and Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed fighting for places. They are joint ninth on two under.
Z Johnson (1.05pm)
D Johnson (1.25pm)
Mr Fixit’s Outright Bets
2.5pts win D Johnson
1.5pts ew Garcia
1.5pts ew Scott
1pt Westwood top English
(13-2, Stan James)
1pt Montgomerie top Scottish
Ace Venturer’s Outright Bets
3pts win Dustin Johnson (William Hill, 9-1)
1.5pts ew Sergio Garcia (Betway, 25-1)
1.5pts ew Henrik Stenson (Coral, 30-1)
1.5pts ew Patrick Reed (888Sport, 70-1)
1.5pts ew Russell Knox (Betfred, 100-1)