Tiger Woods is back. Tiger Woods still has a long way to go. Tiger Woods is going to win the next Major. Tiger Woods blew a Major lead. Tiger Woods is not going to win another major.
Any of these sound familiar?
Probably because these sentences dominate the headlines leading up to a Major championship. But also because of the up and down season it has been for Woods. He has three win, but also has two missed cuts, including a missed cut in his most recent tournament two weeks ago at the Greenbrier Classic.
That hasn’t stopped oddsmakers from asserting woods as a rather large favorite on 2012 British Open Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook. Woods is going off at 8/1 to win his fourth British Open, but his first since back in 2006. It would be his first Major Championship victory in over four years.
Behind him, is the No.1 ranked player in the world and the No.3 ranked player in the world. But neither have won a Major championship. Seems kind of funny that two of the top three players in the world have a combined zero Majors between them, but that is exactly what’s in front of Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. But at 14/1 for both of them on the betting line this week, the odds think that they just might break through with one.
Rory McIlroy has struggled in the 2012 Majors this season, missing the cut as the defending U.S Open champion last month. But he is still in the top-five favorites this week at 16/1.
It’s pretty obvious that oddsmakers are siding with the European players this week outside of Woods. The British Open is a links golf course, with those from Europe having the advantage. Padraig Harrington rounds out the top-five favorites this week.
In fact, two of the top-10 favorites to win the British Open are from Europe. Only Woods and Phil Mickelson are not.
We should be in for a fun and exciting week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, with ESPN picking up the coverage at 5am on Thursday morning. ABC will have the weekend coverage beginning at 7am ET. So we get a big dose of golf early in the morning.
Below, we have the full field odds to win the British Open as can be found at Bovada, so be sure to check them out and see how your favorite player stacks up!