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Adam Svensson Takes US PGA Barbasol Lead, British Open Winner to Get Record Prize Money

Adam Svensson – Canadian Adam Svensson carded a 10-under-par 62 to grab a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the US Professional Golfers Association Tour Barbasol Championship. The world number 158 golfer shot two eagles, seven birdies and a lone bogey. This happened at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He is to tie the lowest score for the first 18 holes in tournament history. Svensson leads Portuguese Ricardo Gouveia and Frenchman Robin Roussel who both shot 64.

Hopes for Adam Svensson

A group of golfers ties for fourth with a 65. It includes Germany’s Matti Schmid, Colombian Camilo Villegas and England’s David Skinns. Adding to the list are Americans Trey Mullinax, Michael Kim, Max McGreevy, Mark Hubbard and Bo Van Pelt. The event is co-sponsored by the US PGA and DP World tours for the first time. The two golf tours also sanction the Scottish Open where most of the top parbusters are taking part in next week’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Svensson’s solid start moved him to the top spot but he hopes to maintain the lead by playing consistently. Betting for golf will be tricky this early, as there are still 54 holes remaining and other golfers expecting a lucky day in the next three rounds.

British Open Winner to Get Record Prize Money

Organizers of this year’s British Open have presented the prize money for the tournament. The champion will earn a tournament record of USD2.49 million. The prize increase was a result of a 22% increase for the 150th British Open at St. Andrews. The purse for the event is set at USD14.017 million. Last year’s champion Collin Morikawa took home USD2.48 million at Royal St. George’s. According to R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, this substantial increase was made while balancing their commitment to the develop the sport at all levels and the British Women’s Open.

Meanwhile, former British Open Jordan Spieth has expressed concern over the difficulty of the Old Course at St. Andrews, saying that the course might be too easy for competitors for next week’s event. Spieth, who won the tournament at Royal Birkdale near Liverpool five years ago, said that the modern golf club and ball technology coupled with the fitness of present-day golfers will leave the classic links and coastal courses defenseless against low scores.

Spieth warned that the tournament will be a witness to low-scoring rounds under favorable weather. The American three-time champion is expecting to see a wedge contest over the next four rounds unless the weather wreaks havoc.


The fourth major of the year hopes to bring excitement to fans and online golf betting enthusiasts who want to earn more money while having fun watching the event live on television or on the Internet. The latest prize increase will motivate golfers to strive harder and make a determined effort to win the tournament.