Today sees the start of yet another major sporting event for sports gambling fans, and we are of course talking about the Open championship at Muirfield. The recent successes of Irish golfers has encouraged a surge of interest in gambling on golf in Ireland, and for British and Irish golf fans there is no bigger golf tournament in the world than the Open. This year the Open is again being played on a Scottish links course, which inevitably presents the world’s top golfers with a totally different challenge to that provided by the other three golf Majors with accuracy from the tee absolutely necessary on hard narrow bouncing fairways. Most bookmakers appear to have Tiger Woods as their favourite to take the title, in spite of the fact that he has not won a Major since the US Open in 2008. Current holder Ernie Els surely also has to be in contention for golf gambling enthusiasts who remember that he won the tournament last time it was held at Muirfield in 2002, and what about Phil Mickelson who last week finally won a links golf tournament by taking the Scottish Open title. World number two Rory McIlroy has not had a good year so far, but many Irish golf gambling fans will be hoping that his form will return at Muirfield because there is no doubt he has the talent to win. Fresh from his first Major victory in the US Open last month, can Justin Rose follow that up with a win in his home championship. Also in the frame is another Irish golfer in the form of Graeme McDowell, sure to be a popular bet among Irish fans of gambling on golf. Whoever sports gambling enthusiasts decide to back one thing is guaranteed, we are in for an exciting four days of top class golf on a magnificent course and fortunes are bound to change throughout each round so enjoy the ride.