Kuchar soaring in popularity at the Open

Betway’s year on year inspection of punting on the Open has revealed that Matt Kuchar’s popularity is rising faster than any of his golfing rivals. MattKucharOpen

Having already attracted 40% more bets than he did last year, Kooch’s price for the Claret Jug has been trimmed from 66/1 to 50/1 and he stands as the most costly result for the leading online bookmaker.

Betting activity on two-time Major winner Jordan Spieth has surged by 20%, while stakes on US Open champion Dustin Johnson and world number one Jason Day have fallen by as much as 25%.

Betway Spokesman Alan Alger said: “Matt Kuchar had a pretty poor 2015, slipping to his lowest ranking since 2009 and he didn’t have too many backers at St Andrews. He has finished in the top six in five of his last six tour appearances and punters clearly think he’s big each-way value.

“Kooch has been hugely popular all week and we’ve trimmed his price into 50/1 from 66/1 as a result. He’s our worst result in the book as it stands.”

Over the past 24 hours Betway has also reported a shift of market support for both Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan.

Alger said on the matter: “While Kuchar has been the most popular punt of the week, Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan have appeared on more bet slips than any other golfer over the past 24 hours. Both golfers are big each-way prices, at 40/1 and 66/1 respectively, and lumpy each-way bets at big odds seems to be a theme of punting at Royal Troon this year.”

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