What Does.5 Mean in Sports Betting?

The lineups for the 2018 British Open have been officially released, and every golf fan will be eagerly hunting down the best odds on each of the players to make the ideal betting lineup.

There have been a number of betting scandals in recent years, with some bookmakers being caught up in scandals involving match fixing and collusion, which is why it is so important to do your research before placing any bets. 

The integrity of sports books is crucial, especially in this day and age of social media, where fans have the power to spread rumors and fake news about bookmakers more easily than ever before.

Although you should always strive for a level of ethical play, as a gambler it is essential that you do not place your faith in others. 

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods went into the 2018 British Open as the favourite, and rightly so, having won the Claret Jug for the 7th time in his career in October, along with the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The 14-time major champion is currently enjoying the best season of his career, which was boosted by his return to the game in September 2017 after a year away from golf to focus on his personal life. 

Tiger Woods has now made 22 championship appearances, winning 14 majors and 72 tournaments in total, along with 525 total events, which places him joint fourth on the all-time list with Tiger’s great rival, Jack White.

Tiger also set a record in April this year by winning his 23rd golf tournament at the Masters, which is one more than the legendary Joe diMauro and Arnold Palmer, who each have 22 victories. 

Bookmakers will be backing Tiger Woods for the 2018 British Open, with him being one of the first sports betting favorites listed on online gambling sites. 

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson will play the 2018 British Open as one of the favorites, having ended his lengthy retirement in 2017 after 38 years away from the game to focus on his family. 

The 49-year-old Northern Irishman spent last season playing in the majors, which he did not do for the majority of the previous 10 years, and played a pivotal role in the victorious 2021 PGA Championship, which secured him an automatic spot in this year’s British Open. 

Mickelson has now made 22 championship appearances, winning 7 majors, 34 tournaments and 241 events during his illustrious career. 

It was definitely the right decision to come back as it has helped him to rediscover the enjoyment he once had for the game, which he played at a professional level for 19 years.

Scottish Open

The Scottish Open was one of the first tournaments of the year, and a popular event to watch on the European Tour as, for the past three years, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has dominated the event, winning it for the 3rd consecutive year and raising its prestige.

The 21-time major champion will be looking to continue his dominance in the Scottish Open, which started life as a mini-tour in 1981, as he has now made 21 appearances in the tournament, winning 12 times. 

Rory McIlroy has now made 23 championship appearances, winning 14 majors and 59 tournaments in total, along with 446 total events. He is one of the most successful golfers of all time and currently holds the record for the most PGA Tour wins, with 229.

The 2018 Scottish Open will be played from 2nd to 8th June at the Royal Troon Golf Club in South Scotland and promises to be yet another exciting tournament to predict the winner of. 

Freddie MacLeman

Another highly-thought-of Irishman, Freddie MacLeman, will be looking to make amends for his disastrous 2016 Scottish Open, where he missed the cut and finished last, missing out on his first ever major win. 

It was a heartbreaking end to an incredible career by one of the greatest players of all time, who announced his retirement from professional golf at the end of the 2016 season. The 37-year-old spent a total of 17 years on the PGA Tour, making him one of the most decorated and respected players ever, winning 14 majors and 72 tournaments along with 552 total events. 

Freddie MacLeman has now made 22 appearances, winning 11 majors, 39 tournaments and 318 total events. A year after he announced his retirement from professional golf, Freddie MacLeman came out of retirement and, in April, won the prestigious Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. 

The Freddies, as he is sometimes affectionately known, are an iconic sports betting family with multiple members winning major tournaments. He is the brother of Paul and Peter, who both have notable careers, winning multiple tournaments and major championships.

Scottish Open Order of Merit

There is a new authority in Scottish golf, as from the 2018 Scottish Open, which has a unique way of deciding who is the best of the rest, rewarding the best of the best with a special prize, the Scottish Open Order of Merit.

The Open Order of Merit will be awarded to the player who finishes in the top five, and the following breakdown will apply:

  • Winner: £30,000
  • Runner up: £20,000
  • Third: £15,000
  • Fourth: £10,000
  • Fifth: £5,000

This new competition was launched to celebrate Scottish Open’s 30th anniversary in 2018 and will be awarded annually from the 2019 edition onwards.

Other Favorites

There are a few other highly-regarded golfers who will be looking to make a big impact this season, including England’s Harry Fowler and American Jason Dufner. 

Harry Fowler hails from Liverpool and became a professional golfer at the age of 15 in 1994. He reached the top five of the world’s best golfers’ ranking for the first time in April 2017, making him eligible for inclusion in this year’s Open.

Fowler made his debut in the Open earlier this year, at the Celtic Manor Wales Open, where he carded a brilliant five-under-par 31 to finish second behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy, who posted a stunning seven-under-par 31, for a net 72-hole score of 145, which is, to this day, the lowest ever in the history of the Open. 

Fowler will be playing the U.S. Open this year at his favorite course, The Open Championship, where he will be hoping to make the most of his brilliant form and finish in the top five.

Jason Dufner is another American in the running for one of the coveted five spots in the British Open. 

The left-hander, who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, turned professional in 2006 and made his Major Championship debut that same year at the Masters, where he finished tied for 7th place. He also made the cut at the 2016 U.S. Open, where he eventually finished tied for 4th place.

Dufner’s achievements since then have not gone unnoticed, and he has now made 14 appearances in total, winning three majors, eight tournaments and 231 total events. The 38-year-old is one of the most decorated golfers of all time and his remarkable career has seen him overtake several legendary golfers in the all-time wins list. 

What Does It All Mean?

There are several key points to note from a betting perspective about the favorites for the Scottish Open. 

First off, we have Tiger Woods, who is always a popular choice among bookmakers because of his wealth, celebrity and endless tournament victories, which undoubtedly make a difference.

The other sports stars mentioned so far have all won multiple major championships and seem to enjoy playing in front of large crowds and rooting for their teams, which could also prove beneficial for TV viewers.

The favorite for the Open, for example, is currently American Rory McIlroy, who was responsible for the largest ever post-Floyd landing single-bet payout of $103,000 when he triumphed in the 2017 U.S. Open, which was covered by ESPN and several national newspapers.