THE OPEN has always been a minefield for punters but the fact up to eight places (BetVictor) are being offered means with dead heats you've got a chance of a return if your man finishes top nine or even 10.
Barring hot favourite Tiger Woods – who has been out injured since the US Open a month ago – every player in the top 50 in the anteposts is worth an each-way punt.
You can't back them all of course but I've picked out four or five I hope will give us a run for our money. Muirfield is the venue for this season's extravaganza and it's a course that brings back happy memories to defending champions Ernie Els.
The South African star triumphed the last time the tournament was held on the Lothian track in 2002 and of course won at Lytham last year.
Els was a surprise champion but has since showed he's out to compete for more Majors with a tied fourth finish in the US Open last month.
He followed that with victory in the BMW International Open in Munich and at 25-1 with BetVictor should give us a great each-way chance.
Els loves links golf and has recorded nine top-five and 13 top-10 Open finishes which is a remarkable record and he's one who won't fret if the wind blows.
Another man synonomous with Major wins is Justin Rose who finished fourth in The Open in 1998 as an amateur. The Englishman immediately turned pro and famously missed 21 cuts in a row.
His recovery from that traumatic start to his career was complete when he won the US Open at Merion. Rose is now on the radar for big tournaments and with Muirfield a happy hunting ground he could go close to landing back-to-back Majors. He is second favourite at 16-1 with BetVictor.
Third in the betting is Adam Scott (22-1, Paddy Power) and he of course came close last year while Graeme McDowell (25-1, various) will have backers after his French Open triumph a fortnight ago. His pal Rory McIlroy is the same price at Coral but his struggle with Nike clubs continue and he'd be a surprise contender on current form.
My third each-way pick is Phil Mickelson after being impressed at the way he won the Scottish Open on Sunday. It's tough taking back-to-back victories but the popular American hardly broke sweat at Castle Stuart as he combined a family holiday with some links golf and a win at the end of the week.
Mickelson's Open record is a poor but he looks like a man on a mission and even has five greens in his garden with different types of grass so he can practise when he's at home in California. Mickelson has been cut all week and is now 18-1 at BetVictor.
Other contenders include Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel while sentimental fans would love to see the likes of Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia contend – but Els could make history and defend his crown.
Els 25-1 ew
Rose 16-1 ew
Mickelson 18-1 ew
(BetVictor 8 places)