The betting for the 2016 Open Championship is really beginning to hot up now and we have taken a look at some of the side markets to round things off for Royal Troon. Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen, who are both proven performers in major tournaments, are the focus as we are backing them to offer a bit of value in Scotland this week...

Martin Kaymer

The German is a two-time major winner and he appears to have sneaked under the radar a touch this week as he is as big as 50/1 to win outright, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see him finally win The Open as he has been in contention for the Claret Jug on a couple of occasions previously. The German has been quietly been going about his business this year and it is worth noting that he had finished in the top-seven in all four of his European Tour starts prior to his tie for 13th at Castle Stuart on Sunday.

Kaymer is 5/1 for a top-ten finish (Unibet) and we get the impression that he has been ticking over with the intention of peaking at Troon this week. He is a very good links golfer after all as he has won the Alfred Dunhill Links, KLM Open and Scottish Open during his career, and he looks like a good bet to go close in Scotland again.

Thursday 14th July - 6.30am Odds Won/Lost Bet

2016 Open Championship Top Ten Finish
Martin Kaymer top-ten finish  
Best Bet
@ 5 / 1  

Louis Oosthuizen

Like Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen has been quietly been going about his work during this campaign and he heads to Troon off the back of successive top-25 finishes at the US Open and WGC Bridgestone Invitational. The South African, who has won the Perth International and finished runner-up at the World Match Play this year, is long enough and accurate off the tee to be a major factor here and he is 7/2 to be top South African (Betfred).

The 2010 Open champion has a decent links pedigree as he tied 6th at the Alfred Dunhill Links on his most recent appearance there in 2014 and he only lost out in a play-off at the Open last year. Oosthuizen tends to raise himself for the big occasion as he hasn't missed a cut at a major tournament since the 2013 US Masters - a run of ten events - and during that time he has racked up eight top-25 finishes, including two runner-up efforts.

The South African is 9/4 for a top-20 finish (Sky Bet) and it would be a surprise if he didn't achieve that as an absolute minimum. 

2016 Open Championship Top Ten Finish Odds