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The 137th British Open gets underway this week at Royal Birkdale with Golf punters in a quandary as for the first time in many seasons they do not have the name of Tiger Woods to scribble onto their Open Golf betting slips as he is now recovering from an operation on his knee and does not return to the course until next month.

The British Open Odds are wide open, with Sergio Garcia the winner of the Player’s Championship earlier this year at the head of the betting market at odds of 9/1. Last years winner is also a pretty big price as Padraig has not prospered in recent months and he goes into the event a 20/1 chance.

As the market is so wide open, golf punters need every bit of help that comes their way and Stan James the online bookmaker are offering a really good British Open Golf Special where should you back a player to win the Open Championship (maximum £500) and he is beaten in a play off they will refund your losing stake. Remember that your bet must be placed prior to the beginning of the tournament.

The reason why this is a very good promotion is that history is on the punters side as two of the last four majors have gone to a play off and whilst not many punters would have found Rocco Mediate who lost out to Tiger Woods in last month's US Open, the 2007 Open Championship saw the well-backed Sergio Garcia beaten in a 4-hole play-off by Padraig Harrington. Without Tiger Woods in the field it is less likely that a player will turn the Open into a procession and who knows we could have a multiple 4-hole play-off in Southport on Sunday afternoon.

This is not the only Open Championship betting offer as the online bookmaker Paddy Power is paying out on the first 6 places in this tournament. That's 1-2-3-4-5-6. There are also top Bookmakers Free Bets for this great sporting event.

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