It’s the turn of the older generation this week as for the first time the Senior Open heads to the home of golf, St Andrews.
Our golf betting expert has cast his eye over the high-quality field and gives his best bets of the tournament below.
Langer the one to beat
As has become customary in Senior golf these days, Bernhard Langer comes into this as the red-hot favourite and he is very much the one to beat.
The 60-year-old comes into this week on the back of an incredibly impressive 24th place at The Open. As we all know, Carnoustie is one of the hardest course on the Open rota and so to finish as high as he did, considering he’s just a month shy of his 61st birthday, was a pretty astonishing feat.
He’s clearly in super form and with Carnoustie being so flat he should not be too worn out from last week’s excursions. The great German never won The Open in his prime but only Seve Ballesteros beat him at St Andrews in 1984.
Plenty of worthy contenders to German
While Langer is undoubtedly the one to beat there isn’t much juice in his current price and I like two players towards the head of the market against him – Colin Montgomerie and Vijay Singh.
There is arguably no one who has more of a point to prove than proud Scot Montgomerie who achieved his best Open finish on the Old Course when runner up to Tiger Woods in 2005.
On turning 50 and moving on to the Senior Tour, Monty quickly hoovered up three senior Major titles, but has found it difficult to follow that up in the last couple of seasons. He is 55 now and this is his best chance of making it four.
He won in Denmark on the European seniors tour last month and there have been enough high finishes in the US including two victories at the end of last year to suggest he’s ready to win the one he really wants.
He looks super each-way value at 20/1.
Singh took his time to win on the Seniors circuit, but his form around St Andrews reads very well with fifth, sixth, 11th and 12th place finishes.
He’s still one of the most natural swingers around and it was only a few years ago that we’d often see his name on PGA Tour leaderboards.
The big Fijian must be a danger after landing his first senior Major in the Senior Players Championship last time out.