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Golf betting will feature one of its signature events for 2009 with the British Open Championship taking place July 16-19 as Padraig Harrington will go for his third straight Open title. Golf betting handicappers will, of course, have the finest possible field to choose from for the British Open Championship including Tiger Woods who will be seeking Open title number 4.

One golf betting absence that is likely will be Phil Mickelson, however, as he has said it’s unlikely he can make the British Open Championship due to his wife’s upcoming surgery for Breast Cancer.

The Turnberry course will feature significant golf betting alterations from previous years as the course has been lengthened by 247 yards with 6 new tees.  An additional 135 yards were added to the final 3 golf betting holes as the par 5 17th has been stretched from 498 yards to 559 yards and the 16th going from 410 yards to 455 yards making for a greater golf betting challenge.  The course is ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by the top two publications in the game and is also ranked among the best in the entire world.

Tiger Woods, who has won this golf betting even three times, has never played the Alisa Championship Course at Turnberry.

The British Open Championship has a total golf betting purse of $8,600,000 and a total of 600 FedExCup points.  Past golf betting champions for the Open include Harrington in 2007 and 2008, Woods in 2006, 2005, and 2000, Todd Hamilton in 2004, Ben Curtis in 2003, Ernie Els in 2002, and David Duval in 2001.

With a star-studded lineup of the best golfers in the world, the British Open offers a unique handicapping challenge that goes far beyond simply trying to select the overall winner.  The matchup possibilities for each round are the best that you can find on the board at any time of the year in golf as this event ranks with the Masters and US Open as the premier tournaments on the tour.


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