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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