2014 Open Championship - Vegas Odds, Free Picks, + Tee Times
The British Open makes its way back to Royal Liverpool at Hoylake in 2014 for the first time since 2006. Tiger Woods captured the British Open the last time that it was staged at this venue, famously hitting just one driver over the course of 72 holes. It was the second of two-straight British Open championships for Woods, and his last.
Hoylake obviously doesn't require players to use their drivers very often as players can jockey for position in the fairway rather than hitting it far. Royal Liverpool is a tough driving course because once the ball is on the ground a number of things can happen. That is the nature of links golf and the British Open though, which makes it all the more fun to watch. Hoylake should give players fits all week long, though as with any Open Championship it's largely predicated on the weather for the week.
For fans in the United States it will be morning golf action that will start before the sun comes up July 17th-20th. ESPN will have all of the coverage throughout each day of the competition, with replays later in the afternoon for those who didn't get up or had that thing called a 'job' to go to.
Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England
Open for play in the mid-19th century, Royal Liverpool Golf Club is one of the premier courses in England. The Open Championship, one of the most competitive tournaments in golf, is coming back to the course after a 40 year hiatus.
In recent years, Royal Liverpool has proved challenging for golfers such as Tiger Woods. Few pull out their drivers and stick to high loft woods and hybrids due to the dry grass and prolonged rolling yardage. There is always a chance of wind in the northwest corner of England, though golfers also need to watch out for natural sand hills and off kilter greens. This historic par-72 stretches 7,258 yards from the Open tees.
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosted several championships over the years, including the 1992 Curtis Cup, the Walker Cup, Women's British Open, and several Amateur Championships. Tiger Woods beat out Chris DiMarco in 2006 at Liverpool, which granted him his third Open Championship title.
Better late than never, the odds for the 2014 Open Championship are shown below. As of Tuesday, July 15th, Justin Rose + Rory McIlroy are the favorites to win at 14/1 (+1400) but Adam Scott + Henrik Stenson lurk just behind at 16/1 (+1600). And...don't overlook the guy in 5th, Mr. Tiger Woods, even though you are not used to seeing his name anywhere but at the top of the field of favorites.
Sorry we missed our picks this week. Please check back next week for our picks to win the RBC Canadian Open which we'll be sure to make available following the release of the odds to win.
Bovada's 3-ball + group betting lines will display below this content when players have yet to go off the tee for that day's round. Besides the odds / payouts for each golfer to be the lowest scorer in that group for that round, this also shows when the wager goes "off the board" which happens to be the exact same time they are on the tee each day.
2013 Open Championship
Of all the triumphs that Phil Mickelson has had in his fantastic career, his victory at the 2013 British Open might be the one he holds most dear. After the devastating disappointment at the U.S. Open with a sixth-career runner up finish, not many predicted Mickelson to bounce back the way he did. Even after winning the Scottish Open the week before, Lefty wasn't considered to be a real contender coming into the week of the event.
Mickelson entered the final round behind the leaders, but carded a brilliant 66 which included three birdies over the last five holes en route to a three-shot win. Mickelson was the only player under par when all was said and done. The victory gives Mickelson five Major Championship wins, and three of the four Majors. The only one missing is that elusive U.S. Open.
2013 British Open - Leaderboard
- Phil Mickelson -3 (281)
- Henrik Stenson E (284)
- Ian Poulter +1 (285)
- Adam Scott +1 (285)
- Lee Westwood +1 (285)