ACE VENTURER will smiling smugly after his top tip Dustin Johnson made a spectacular start to The Open on day one.
The big-hitting American fired a seven-under 65 to lead by one from six players including Paul Lawrie, Jason Day and Zach Johnson.
If site tipster Ace is happy with his main pick how do you think the pro at my local club is feeling? I asked him for his selections and he told me to back Lawrie and Retief Goosen each way. The 250-1 and 300-1 shots are both one off the pace.
Club pro Gary McFarlane is no Colin Montgomerie but he’s a better tipster than the senior star who said Tiger Woods could win. Unfortunately Tiger will be going home tonight after a disastrous first-round 76 in the best of the conditions.
My No.1 selection Louis Oosthuizen also started well with a 67 which was matched by pre-tournament favourite and Grand Slam chaser Jordan Spieth.
Dustin Johnson is the new favourite at 4-1 with Ladbrokes but remember he has thrown away four Majors and his bottle is being questioned. His game’s made for St Andrews but while he and Spieth were expected to get the better of the weather that no longer looks to be the case with a near four-delay to the start of play meaning they’ll be going out late today and in windy conditions.
Spieth is 5-1 at Ladbrokes and others while Jason Day is third favourite at 10-1 with McBookie ahead of Oosthuizen who is generally available at 14-1. Lawrie and Goosen are both down to 50s but are surely too old to go all the way.
I’ve been looking at some twoballs for Friday and like Danny Willett to beat Thongchai Jaidee, Jamie Donaldson to outscore Keegan Bradley and Marc Warren against Padraig Harrington. The treble pays just over 5-1 at McBookie.
Willett to beat Jaidee
Donaldson to beat Bradley
Warren to beat Harrington