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USA’s domination of The Open over 50 years warrants investment

| 15.07.2015

Given the size of population and popularity of golf in America, it’s hardly surprising that Europe’s Ryder Cup rivals have produced so many Major winners and the Open Championship is no exception, despite being hosted 3000 miles away.

In fact as soon as the oldest Major in sport was opened up to participants from across the pond after the First World War, the United States promptly went on to claim 11 of the next 14 victories.

There have been a couple of quieter periods for US winners following the conclusion of the Second World War, where only a couple of Claret Jugs were lifted between 1946 and 1960.

Then, during a golden era for European and Australian golf stretching from the mid 80s to the mid 90s, the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Greg Norman also redressed the balance once more.

Still, in the last 50 years America has claimed just over half the Claret Jugs on offer, with Tiger Woods’ emergence helping to propel our trans-Atlantic cousins to eight wins since the millennium.

Fast-forward to the present day and without defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy present to defend his trophy – the PGA Tour’s finest are queuing up near the front of the betting once more.

The fight will be carried by Jordan Spieth who is the strong 7/1 favourite, as the Texan golfing phenomena chases his third Major trophy of the season.

Meanwhile Spieth is joined by compatriots Dustin Johnson, at 12s, and Scottish Open champion Rickie Fowler (20s) as the top three in the market to claim another US victory at St Andrews.

It could well be the Star-Spangled Banner fluttering in the wind again come Sunday of the 2015 edition.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.