2015 British OpenJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
2015 British Open | 20 July, 2015 | St Andrews
The 144th Open Championship is looking to be a thriller down to the very final hole at St. Andrews. With inclement weather delaying play on Friday and Saturday, players will begin their quest for the coveted Claret Jug in the final rounds on Monday.
With a tightly packed leaderboard, Monday’s finale will be quite the spectacle.
Twenty-one-year old American golfing sensation Jordan Spieth (5/2) heads into Monday with a third major title within reach, but with a testing day at St Andrews and quality all around him, the task is nowhere near done.
Currently, three players share the lead after 54 holes at the Open. Australian Jason Day (7/2), South African Louis Oosthuizen (7/2), and Irishman Paul Dunne (20/1) are all leading at 12-under par for the championship.
Louis Oosthuizen bids to make it two wins from two Open Championship starts at St Andrews. The list of players to have won consecutive majors at one venue is remarkably strong, but the South African proved he has the form with a brilliant finish to round three.
Paul Dunne, the amateur golfer from Dublin, stunned watchers at St Andrews as he carded a brilliant six-under-par 66 on Sunday. This impressive score puts him in the frame not only to take the silver medal for the leading amateur, but to win the Claret Jug outright.
No amateur has won this event since Bobby Jones in 1930 and, however unlikely a Dunne triumph may still be, there is no doubting the vast sway of neutral support behind him.
Jason Day, who looks completely recovered from the vertigo attacks he suffered in the US Open at Chambers Bay last month, joined Dunne in completing an error-free round with five birdies in his 67.
The Australian had a chance to take the outright lead on the 18th green, but his curling birdie putt slipped past the edge of the cup to leave him tied with Dunne and Oosthuizen, and one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth.
Spieth, already winner of the Masters and US Open titles this season, has promised an “aggressive” round four approach which may spark fear in fellow competitors.
“I’m going to play to win, I’m not playing for a place,” he said. “I don’t want third place tomorrow. So I’m going to play my game, obviously with patience, to stay in the mix, if it’s not all there at the beginning, and if it is, I’m going to continue to play that way to try and get out in front.”
2015 British Open Betting tips
There’s no doubt that the finale at the Open will be a thriller. With so many notable names within striking distance, it really is anyone’s championship for the taking. However, Spieth’s course management is second to none and we are convinced that he will succeed in his grand slam quest, priced at 5/2 with Betway.