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2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:16 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

This is the week of the British Open in Sandwich, England -- you can follow all of the deliciousness at our British Open homepage -- and that means it's time to examine the odds, courtesy of BoDog, for various players to win the only foreign golf tournament that people care about major of the year.

As one might expect, Rory McIroy is a ridiculously prohibitive favorite, clocking in at 13/2. Compared to Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at 11/1, that makes him Tiger Woods-like, which should inspire plenty of "he's not Tiger yet" stories once McIlroy comes up short in his bid for a second-straight major.

Martin Kaymer follows at 22/1 and Sergio Garcia is a surprise entry at the top of the favorites at 28/1 (it's worth noting I've seen him even lower elsewhere, which seems insane, even if Sergio's "more inspired" or whatever). Steve Stricker, fresh off a recent win, is also at 28/1, and momentum's never a bad thing in golf.

2011 British Open Coverage

Phil Mickelson makes an appearance at 40/1, which is the level of odds where "guys with a big enough name value but have no real shot at winning" usually appear. Joining him are Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel. For what it's worth, that's probably pretty good value for Lefty, even though he's historically struggled at the British -- he's just too good a player to be given 40/1 odds.

There are some nice values later down the line, including Adam Scott at 50/1, Brandt Snedeker at 100/1, Webb Simpson/Anthony Kim/Camilo Villegas at 150/1.

If you're feeling particularly spicy, you can go all-in on Rory playing like he did during the final round of the Masters and take him at 9/1 to miss the cut (1/25 that he makes it, which is free money, theoretically, but hard to earn).

Tom Watson's a fun bet to take at 4/1 for the best senior, considering his recent success across the pond.

And, frankly, I LOVE Lee Westwood at a 2/1 prop bet to finish in the top-five. That's what he does.

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:05 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

1. Goosen

2. Westwood

3. Schwartzel

4. Garcia

5. Watson




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:15 am
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

Serigo really,hey in the open wierder things have happened. I just hope no one gets blowen off the course or lost in the rough.Who knows but no record under par scores on this course.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:38 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

ok,   here is my out on a limb.     its time for my BOY.    ITS SERGIO BY 2 SHOTS.    he wins finally,   then finishes strong rest of the year.   you heard it first from the BIG TEN BOY.    go SERGIO.



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:11 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

Kill yourself if you are trying to bet on the score.  The winning score will depend on the weather and if your are betting on the weather then you REALLY, as you say, need help.  The last three winnners at Royal St. George's have posted -1, -13, and +2.  Good luck!!



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 7:46 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

I need help!  Any ideas on what the winning score will be?????  Maybe -3?



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 4:21 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

That's my thinking as well, his whole life has changed so much in the last month that he might be off his game by now. It doesn't take much for the putter to suddenly stop working.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:21 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

I don't like to bet on make the cut miss the cut, but I do like to bet against 1st time major winners to come back and win the next major in the same calendar yr.   He played extremely well at the Open, but now that he's been making the tv rounds, appearance rounds, etc., especially due to the cinderella story way he rebounded from defeat at the Masters, I'll take the field!



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:54 pm
 

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

ok, just for fun, I'll go out on a limb and say McIlroy misses the cut.


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