2013 British Open Betting Odds + Info, Tee Times, TV Coverage
The third Major Championship of the season takes place from Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 21st. The 2013 British Open will be played at Muirfield in East Lothian. Muirfield has a rich history with the British Open, and will be more than prepared to host the 2013 edition. Expect an entertaining event, where weather could be a big factor.
ABC and ESPN will team up for the coverage of the tournament, which in the United States remember will be early in the morning due to the time difference. ESPN will pick up coverage beginning at 4am ET on Thursday and Friday, and then at 7am ET on Saturday and Sunday, with ABC taking coverage at 9am ET through the conclusion of the tournament.
The British Open
The Open Championship, or British Open, however you want to refer to it, is the third Major Championship on the calendar in the world of golf. It also happens to be the oldest of the four. The British Open is held at a different course every year, and in 2013 will be hosted by Muirfield. Ernie Els is the defending champion, and it just so happens that the last time the British Open was held here, Els also won. That was back in 2002.
Muirfield is located in Scotland, and plays as a very traditional links golf course in Europe. It was opened in 1891, and has hosted the British Open 15 times. It has also hosted the Senior British Open, Ryder Cups, Walker Cups and more. Pretty much the biggest golf events in the world, Muirfield has some history with it.
What Happened In 2012?
The 2012 British Open was held at Royal Lytham, and was one of the most surprise finishes in quite some time. In the end, it was Ernie Els who won, but the biggest story was the huge lead that Adam Scott blew over the course of the last nine holes. Scott was up by seven strokes at one point during Sunday's final round. But Scott was trying to win his first Major championship, and that can be intense pressure. He dropped a few shots steadily over the final holes, and was unable to get things going in the right direction. As a result, Els won his second British open championship; the first came a decade earlier.
The 2013 Open Championship
There are plenty of storylines to follow coming into the third Major Championship of the season, the British Open, this week. Among them include Tiger Woods' return to the course for the first time since the U.S. Open and an elbow strain, as well as Ernie Els returning to the site of his victory here in 2002, only to also be the defending British Open Champion. The golf course will also be a storyline, as Muirfield is rich with tradition. And of course the weather in a British Open will be fun to watch as well, with the forecast predicting to be unpredictable over the course of the four days beginning on Thursday.
As with every Major Championship, betting odds for the tournament come in from all angles. It starts with the overall odds to win heading into the first round though.
We haven't had a player win two Major championships in several years, dating back to Phil Mickelson winning the 2006 Masters and PGA Championship. That will put a lot of pressure on Adam Scott and Justin Rose this week, as the winner's of the Masters and U.S. Open, respectively. Both Rose and Scott are among the top favorites.
Let's take a look at who oddsmakers have pegged as the players to beat in this week's PGA betting lines for the 2013 Open Championship.
Tiger Woods 8/1 (+800) - Woods has gone now a full five years since his last Major Championship win. His last British Open victory came in 2006, the second of two-straight Open championship titles. Needless to say, it's been a while. Woods enters as the big favorite to win this week though, as oddsmakers are not concerned about his elbow strain that has had over a month to heal.
Justin Rose 16/1 (+1600) - The U.S. Open champion has to come into the British Open with a ton of confidence, fresh off the biggest win of his career. By now, we would have expected Rose to win a British Open or two, but it doesn't always work out that way. This week presents a great chance for him to get it done though. Rose is set at 16/1 to win, second on the list of favorites, but twice the payout as Woods.
Phil Mickelson 18/1 (+1800) - Mickelson might not have been this high to win had it not been for his win at the Scottish Open on Sunday. Lefty traditionally doesn't have the best record in the British Open, but he played great golf at the Scottish Open in similar conditions to what he will see at Muirfield. Expect Mickelson to be in contention, and a 18/1, is receiving a nice payout for a third-overall favorite.
Adam Scott 20/1 (+2000) - Many of us probably expected Scott to be the defending champion of ths British Open coming into this week. Scott had a five-shot lead on the back-nine a year ago, but collapsed on his final few holes to close out runner up behind Els. Fortunately, Scott didn't have to wait long, as he got his first Major win at the Masters in April. With memories of last year still in his head though, will Scott be back in contention?
Graeme McDowell 22/1 (+2200) - British Opens oftentimes favor those from Europe, and Graeme McDowell is the epitome of European golf right now, along with Justin Rose. McDowell always seems to gear up for the Major Championships, and for him to contend this week it wouldn't be a surprise. McDowell comes in a 22/1 to win his second-career Major.
The Winner - The British Open is a tournament that can bring a lot of players into contention, and it's quite difficult to predict a winner. We aren't going to journey too far down the list, because we think we will get a two-time Major winner in 2013. The pick this week is Adam Scott, with a 20/1 payout. The risk is worth the reward, as Scott's game will be ready to tackle the challenges that Muirfield has to offer. Building off the confidence of his Masters wins, things are aligning.
Darkhorse Value Bet - Zach Johnson lost in a playoff at the John Deere Classic this past Sunday. He played very well and brings some solid play across the Atlantic. Johnson has a Major win under his belt at the 2007 Masters so he knows how to get it done. Johnson is also a straight hitter, and keeping it out of the long Muirfield rough will be key to low scores. A wager on Johnson is getting 80/1 this week, and looks to be a good value.
With it being a Major Championship, we can expect to see some great pairings that have been put together. The 2013 British Open has not disappointed. Pairings for the first two days of the tournament have already been released on the Monday of Open Championship week.
Leading way we have Tiger Woods playing with Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen. All three have Major Championship wins, two of which have won the British Open. Woods and Oosthuizen won it at St. Andrews. This group goes at 9:45am ET on Thursday and then 4:44am ET on Friday.
Masters winner Adam Scott will go out with Matt Kuchar and luke Donald at 9:12 am ET on Thursday, and 4:11 am ET on Friday
Rory McIlroy is paired with Phil Mickelson and Hideki Matsuyama. They will go in the morning at 4:44am ET on Thursday, and 9:45am ET on Friday.
Finally we have defending British Open winner Ernie Els alongside U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, and Brandt Snedeker. They tee off Thursday at 4:11am ET, and then Friday at 9:12am ET.
2013 British Open 3 Ball odds for these pairings can be expected later on Monday or on into Tuesday.