Tommy Fleetwood’s disastrous 76 on the opening day of The Open has left Bookmakers delighted.
Now rated as high as 500/1 across the markets, Fleetwood has admitted he feels he has left local fans down.
Fleetwood, who grew up playing Royal Birkdale, began The Open as the leading British fancy – ahead of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
“He is going to be lucky to make the weekend, which was almost unthinkable before the opening tee shots on Thursday, he was as low as 16/1 in places,” OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton admitted.
“We know that most Bookmakers’ biggest liability this week was Fleetwood, but now they can bank that cash – hence the reason you can now get 500/1.
“However, the Bookmakers have not had it all their own way – with pre-tournament favourite Jordan Spieth – who began at 14/1, looking in good shape after a great opening round of 65, and he is now rated 9/2 along with US Open winner Brooks Koepka.”