It’s been a good few weeks for the Spiv. Rafa got into the top five at The Open at odds of 70/1 and last week’s European Open saw him correctly predict that Jordan Smith would be victorious. This time he turns his attention to the ladies in Kingsbarns.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open is at Kingsbarns this year and one thing is certain. This one is wide open. The weather alone can be both beautiful and brutal in equal measure. The course itself is far from straightforward as the ladies return to the links after last year’s tournament at Woburn. Brace yourself, anything can happen here.
From a betting point of view, the bookies are favouring the obvious. Lexi Thompson starts as the favourite at 10/1. Given that she did not play at the co-sanctioned Scottish Open, perhaps the odds are too low to give her a solid backing. There is plenty of quality in the field that are at fantastic odds to give you more bang for your buck.
With that in mind, this is who the Spiv is backing.
Sei Young Kim 22/1 BetFred
In women’s golf, it is always a good idea to back a South Korean. Sei Young Kim is the one I’m backing for the Ricoh Women’s British Open. In her past four tournaments, she has finished in the top 10 including two majors. There is no doubt that she has the mental strength and the game to challenge once again here.
Lydia Ko 40/1 SportingBet
The former World number one might be tumbling down the rankings but never let that fool you. Form is temporary, class is permanent as they say. Her best performance this year was a tie for second but can she get back to winning ways? At this price, I’m prepared to back her.
Georgia Hall 66/1 Paddy Power
Georgia Hall currently leads the LET order of merit. She is beginning to make her mark on the game. A strong showing at the Ladies Scottish Open, where she finished in a tie for ninth, was enough to impress me at these odds. She is becoming the real deal very quickly.
Paula Creamer 160/1 Bet365
Creamer has had to overcome a lot just to be here but don’t let that fool you. A T-13th at the Ladies Scottish Open was not enough for her qualify outright. Instead, she travelled to The Castle Course for final qualifying and completely blitzed it. Job done. She likes the links in Britain and I imagine her price is so high due to her having to qualify. She is seeing a return to form and these odds are too good to ignore.
Caroline Masson 250/1 BetFred
Masson’s odds are simply crazy for an event like this. Whilst she has missed cuts along the way, she shines in Scotland. A tie for ninth alongside Georgia Hall at the Ladies Scottish Open and a winner on the LPGA. The odds don’t stack up for her ability. Best get in for an Each Way on her.