2013 Open Championship preview, betting tips and Thursday tee-times

Our 2013 Open Championship betting tips as well as a preview and Thursday tee-times for the 142nd Open

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Mon, 15 Jul 2013

2013 Open Championship preview, betting tips and Thursday tee-times
2013 Open preview

Golf’s oldest major is days away and Muirfield’s greenkeepers will be frantically getting the course in tip-top condition ahead of the 142nd Open.

Muirfield is one of the oldest courses in the world and is a quintessentially British links course. Players from the PGA Tour who played at the John Deere classic last week will need to acclimatise quickly as you won’t find tracks like this in the US.

Competitors from these shores usually have the upper hand at Open Championships as they grew up playing in the wet, windy and cold conditions our island often dishes out but with the heat wave Britain is currently basking in, the tourists will be encouraged.

Links golf always tests the short game and putting will be as important as ever. It's not a course for a 'grip it and rip it' golfer and the players will need to use all the shots in their armoury which should lead to some fantastic viewing. 

The East Lothian club has hosted the Open on 15 occasions, most recently in 2002 when Ernie Els, the current Open champion, won with a score of -6.

It’s tough to pick a winner but, as always, we’re all confident we know who will lift the Claret Jug on Sunday.

Length: 7,245
Par: 73
Established: 1744 (1891)

Click here to see equipment writer Andy Roberts' pick