The Open (07/16/13)

By John Ewing
British Open Odds, Tiger is playing but how will his elbow impact his play, is he the favorite to win? Plus head-to-head, playoff chances, and Tiger Wood prop bets. Lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.



Update - After 1st Round
Tiger Woods' 1-over 72 has him two shots back of third-round leaders Lee Westwood. Tiger won all of his 14 major titles when he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead. If Tiger hopes to win his first major in five years he will have to overcome that trend. This is the sixth time that Tiger has entered the final round of a major either 1 or 2 shots back (ESPN Stats & Info).

If Lee Westwood wins the Open Championship on Sunday he would become the fourth player since 1970 to win his first major after turning 40.

Tiger Woods is looking to get back to his winning ways when he tees off Thursday at 9:45 am ET in pursuit of his fourth Open Championship. Tiger is paired with Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.

Woods has not played a competitive round since he tied 32nd at the U.S. Open in June. Tiger's left elbow, which caused him problems at the U.S. Open and prevented him from playing in two tournaments since is also affecting his preparation for the British Open.

Tiger last won a major championship five years ago. His last Open Championship was in 2006. Is Tiger's window closing? Tiger turned 37 last December. Most majors, age 37 and older: Ben Hogan (6), Jack Nicklaus (4), Sam Snead (4), and Gary Player (3), courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.

Tiger is the favorite (8/1) to win despite his poor performance at the U.S Open and the concerns with his elbow.

Phil Mickelson, runner-up at the U.S Open, for the sixth time, is the second favorite to win the tournament at 18/1. Mickelson is coming off a victory at the Scottish Open last Sunday.

Ernie Els, last year's Open Champion, is 28/1 to repeat.

The Open, the oldest of the four golf majors, is notoriously unpredictable. Each of the last five champions has come from outside of the world's top ten. Below are the top-25 golfers with the best odds to win, for all 153 golfers and their odds visit Bovada.lv.

Tiger Woods Props
Woods is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world with four tournament wins this year on the PGA Tour. Tiger won the Open Championship in 2000, 2005, and 2006.

Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 5?
  • Yes: 7/4
Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?
  • Yes: 4/7
Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?
  • Yes: 2/7
Will Tiger Woods Shoot A Hole in One?
  • Yes: 80/1
Tournament H2H Matches - T Woods v J Rose
  • Tiger Woods: 5/9
  • Justin Rose: 7/5
Tournament H2H Matches - T Woods v P Mickelson
  • Tiger Woods: 1/2
  • Phil Mickelson: 3/2
Tournament H2H Matches - T Woods v R McIlroy
  • Tiger Woods: 2/5
  • Rory McIlroy: 9/5
Tournament H2H Matches - T Woods v S Garcia
  • Tiger Woods: 2/5
  • Sergio Garcia: 9/5
Miscellaneous Props
Will There Be a Play-Off?
  • Yes: 5/2
  • No: 2/7
Where Will The Winner Come From?
  • USA: 7/5
  • Great Britain & Ireland: 3/1
  • Rest of the World: 3/1
  • Continental Europe: 4/1
Highest Placed Finisher?
  • Tiger Woods: 8/5
  • Justin Rose: 4/1
  • Phil Mickelson: 4/1
Odds to win the 2013 Open Championship

Player 1st Rd 2nd Rd 3rd Rd 4th Rd
Lee Westwood 25/1 22/1 6/1 9/4
Tiger Woods 8/1 7/2 5/2 7/2
Henrik Stenson 40/1 16/1 15/2 9/2
Ian Poulter 50/1 66/1 33/1 7/1
Hunter Mahan 66/1 40/1 80/1 9/1
Phil Mickelson 18/1 8/1 14/1 10/1
Adam Scott 20/1 16/1 16/1 16/1
Zach Johnson 80/1 9/1 16/1 25/1
Angel Cabrera 100/1 28/1 14/1 33/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1 33/1 66/1 40/1
Ryan Moore 150/1 100/1 40/1 66/1
Brandt Snedeker 40/1 14/1 200/1 75/1
Jason Day 33/1 50/1 33/1 150/1