ADAM SCOTT has one hand on the Claret Jug and it will be difficult to wrestle golf's most famous trophy away from the Australian on Sunday evening.
Scott has played exceptionally well over the first three rounds at Lytham and looked coolness personified as he defended a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker.
The likeable Aussie, still hunting his first Major, is no cert to win but I'm backing him to get over the line. But he is now no bigger than 8-11 with the likes of Skybet, BetVictor and bodog. Wind is forecast for the first time in the tournament and the weather could play a part if someone was able to post a total of seven or eight under.
Former US Open winner McDowell could run Scott closest. The Northern Irishman, 9-2 at bet365 and bodog, struck the ball beautifully over the back nine on Saturday and three birdies in the final six holes was the reward.
Snedeker struggled but after rounds of 66 and 64 it was no surprise to see him throw in a 73. But he will need to repeat the standards of his first two rounds to have any chance of his first Major. The American is 14-1 (various).
And of course five shots back and still a threat is Tiger Woods but he may have to change his conservative style and reach for the driver unless Scott and the rest make mistakes. Woods has won 14 Majors but none since 2006 and never when trailing going into the final day. He is 6-1 with sportingbet and bodog.
My antepost tip South Africa's Ernie Els (68) and America's Zach Johnson lie on five under and I'm hoping Els, who was 45-1, finishes in the places. Els is currently 25-1 (various).
As far as Sunday's twoballs are concerned I'm trying a treble on Woods (4-7, Skybet) v Snedeker, Louis Oosthuizen (4-7, William Hill) v veteran Mark Calcavecchia and Luke Donald (4-7, William Hill, Ladbrokes) v Kyle Stanley.
Scott to win The Open
Woods, Oosthuizen, Donald twoball treble