2011 British Open Championship Golf latest news, odds and free bets

Many people backed Lee Westwood and Luke Donald to win at Sandwich this week, although the world number one and two have already headed home after missing the cut on Friday night. However, Rory McIlroy is still very much alive and kicking after rounds of 71 and 69 leave him on level par, just four strokes behind the overnight leaders…

Many people backed Lee Westwood and Luke Donald to win at Sandwich this week, although the world number one and two have already headed home after missing the cut on Friday night.

However, Rory McIlroy is still very much alive and kicking after rounds of 71 and 69 leave him on level par, just four strokes behind the overnight leaders with two rounds to play. The US Open champion has shown glimpses of brilliance and Betfred (£50 free bet) offer 9/1 that he secures a second major of the year.

Martin Kaymer is the favourite after the first two rounds, with the USPGA champion having played solid golf to find himself at three under par and he is now 6/1 to claim victory in Kent. Just two bogeys have blemished his card over 36 holes and he could be worth backing each-way.

Lucas Glover and Darren Clarke will be the last group that go out on Saturday, with the pair both on four under and Clarke can be backed at 14/1 (Ladbrokes – £30 free betting) to win his first major against all the odds. Meanwhile, Glover is 16/1 with Skybet after following up his round of 66 with a 70.

Aside from Kaymer, there are three other players on three-under par and that Miguel Angel Jimenez, a player that often finds himself near the top of the leaderboard in an Open Championship. Betfred’s 20/1 is worth a second look, while Thomas Bjorn (25/1 Paddy Power – £100 free bets) and Chad Campbell (28/1 Coral) are also a big price based on their score.

US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is firmly in contention at two under and it is no surprise to see the South African on offer at 12/1 (Ladbrokes), with Dustin Johnson (20/1 Skybet) on the same score partly thanks to a hole in one on the opening day when the American was struggling.

There are some unfashionable names at two under whose odds are pretty big as a result and this includes Anders Hansen, the consistent Dane who can be backed at 33/1 (Betfred) despite consecutive rounds of 69. He has managed four birdies in each round so has the potential to win.

South African George Coetzee also sits on two under but can be backed at 40/1 with Paddy Power, while Pablo Larrazabal is a 50/1 chance (Paddy Power) and it is clear that liabilities are playing a part when it comes to the latest odds.

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