Can the fine summer continue at Muirfield?

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The Lions defeated Australia Down Under, Andy Murray fulfilled his lifetime’s ambition by becoming Wimbledon champion while in golf, Justin Rose picked up his maiden major at the US Open and subsequently there will be no shortage of punters queuing up to back the cracking summer of British sport to continue in the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Rose himself could attract cash at 20/1 with Ladbrokes to pick up where he left off at Merion by also landing the Claret Jug and although it’s a big ask to clinch consecutive majors, the 32-year-old can take inspiration from Padraig Harrington, who secured the PGA Championship in 2008, just three weeks after defending his Open title at Royal Birkdale.

Also at 20/1, this time courtesy of Paddy Power, is Rory McIlroy, but his preparation has been far from ideal after he missed the cut at the Irish Open and a third place in 2010 aisde, the Northern Irishman hasn’t produced his best golf in the Open Championship.

Lee Westwood’s consistency in majors lends a modicum appeal to Betfred’s 20/1 about him bagging his first and BetVictor chalk Luke Donald up at 25/1 but of the leading British contenders, it’s arguably Graeme McDowell (33/1, bet365) that heads to Muirfield in the best shape.

Admittedly, the 2010 US Open champion has missed plenty of cuts this year, including those in both 2013 majors but his victory at the French Open was his third of the year so he will be full of confidence when he tees off in Edinburgh next week.

Tiger Woods again heads the betting, Skybet quoting him at 8/1 to win the Open for the fourth time but the world number one has been struggling with an elbow injury and hasn’t enjoyed much competitive golf of late so he counts as another contender whose has perhaps been unable to prepare effectively.

Elsewhere, Phil Mickelson, runner-up in the US Open a few weeks ago, is 28/1 (Winner) to go one better in this one, bet365 price the defending champion Ernie Els, a previous winner at Muirfield, at 25s and Masters victor Adam Scott is a 20/1 shot at betway.

Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, has been the model of consistency this year, not missing a cut and he possesses each-way appeal at 50/1 (Stan James). Also at 50/1, this time courtesy of bet365, is Thomas Bjorn, whose European Tour form this year has been encouragingly solid.

In football, England’s women head to Sweden this week looking to be crowned European champions and they’re 12/1 with BetVictor to return with the trophy.

That makes them fourth favourites but the bookies seemingly aren’t looking past Germany in the outright market, Stan James rating them at just 11/8 to win the competition for the sixth consecutive time.

England kick off their campaign against the Spanish tomorrow (Friday) and bet365 price them at 23/20 to make a winning start while it’s 5/2 (BetVictor) for them to only manage a share of the spoils and a disappointing defeat is on offer at 2/1 with William Hill.

Hope Powell’s side should edge it though and bet365 post 3/1 against them coming out on top by a one-goal margin in Linkoping. Alternatively, BetVictor go 9/1 about England grabbing the only goal and for the cautious they’re 8/13 in Skybet’s ‘Draw no Bet’ market.

Following his stunning Wimbledon triumph, Andy Murray disputes favouritism with Novak Djokovic for the next Grand Slam event, the US Open.

The Scot goes into the event as defending champion and is 15/8 via Paddy Power to retain the title, the same price BetVictor quote about Djokovic gaining revenge for his defeat at SW19 by capturing the crown at Flushing Meadows. Murray meanwhile, is Stan James’s 7/4 favourite to wow the Wimbledon crowds once more next year.

In Rugby League’s Challenge Cup, Sheffield are the one remaining side from outside of the Super League and they shouldn’t be written off as they tackle struggling London Broncos.

Subsequently, on home soil, the Eagles catch the eye in the handicaps at 10/11 (bet365) when aided by a dozen-point start.

On Sunday, there’s a potential cracker on the cards at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium, where Huddersfield are the visitors and the Giants are an appealing even money at BetVictor when kicking off six points ahead.

Finally, Kell Brook made hard work of defeating Amercian Carson Jones when they faced off a year ago in Sheffield, the unbeaten 27-year-old edging a majority decision, but he should enjoy an easier evening as the pair renew hostilities in Hull. BetVictor price Brook at 1/4 to triumph and Paddy Power make him 5/2 to do the business inside the distance.

Bet of the week: Thomas Bjorn to win the Open – 50/1 (bet365).

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