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Women’s British Open: Betting and Preview

The 2017 Women’s British Open will get underway on Thursday at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Fife, Scotland. Both Lexi Thompson and So Yeon Ryu are among those expected to win. The event runs from August 3-6 and offers a total prize fund worth $3.25 million. Every golfer involved will be attempting to supplant Ryu this week. The world No. 1 is a formidable player, one who has won two major already this year. Her pedigree will receive its toughest test from second-ranked Thompson. The 22- year old has never been ranked this high at any other time during her career. Thompson leads the tour in scoring with a 68.94 average. The number is a reflection of how effectively she is approaching tournament play.

Aside from the top two, reigning champion Ariya Jutanugram will also be a strong contender. The 21-year-old has proved she is capable of winning this tournament, but a few factors count against the Thai. Moreover, the 47-year-old Scot Catriona Matthew and England’s Charley Hull are the notable home players to watch. The latter has been suffering from a wrist problem but has declared that she will play through the pain of a chipped bone. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Inbee Park has won this major before and still has the talent to upset the top ranked players.

Despite the strength of the field, Ryu has been playing well enough to merit being considered the favorite in Scotland. If she gets to grips with links, the South Korean will have too much quality for the rest of the field.

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Billy O'Shea has been a sports writer for Linesmaker Sports since 2012. Raised in Toronto, Canada he has a keen interest in sports analytics especially wagering behavior as a predictive model for sports outcomes.