The Open Championship (British Open) gets underway on Thursday at historic St. Andrews with Tiger Woods the favorite. It is the third major of the golf season and even though he has not played well, Woods is heavily favored. He has won twice in his career at St. Andrews but based on his play this year, he is extremely overvalued. Woods is the 3-1 favorite in British Open odds at SBG Global.
With the way that Tiger has played so far this year it is somewhat amazing to see him as a huge favorite. He is 3-1 and the next golfer, Phil Mickelson is 10.5 to 1. Neither of those two players is the likely winner this week. Woods has struggled just to make the cut in recent tournaments while Mickelson has never played well overseas. Mickelson has just one top ten finish in 16 Open Championships.
Rory McIlroy is the third choice in golf odds at 12-1 followed by Ernie Els and Lee Westwood at 14-1. Westwood always seems to be in contention in majors and it could be time for him to finally get over the hump. He does have an injury to contend with but history has shown that injured players can oftentimes overcome them in big events. Els has been excellent in the British Open odds in his career and he is playing well this year.
Justin Rose is getting a lot of attention in golf odds based on his recent play. He is 16.5 to 1 to win this week. Two-time British Open winner Padraig Harrington is next at 20.5 to 1 along with last week’s winner Steve Stricker. U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell is 28-1.
As you look for the winner of the British Open, keep in mind that each of the past five winners of the British Open betting has made at least ten previous starts in the Open. Nine of the past thirteen winners of the British Open were in the top seven in this year’s Masters. That stat bodes well for Lee Westwood. If you are looking for a couple of longshots then defending champion Stewart Cink may be worth a look at 73.5 to 1 and Charl Schwartzel at 73.5 to 1 is also worth considering.
ESPN is providing live coverage of all four rounds of the British Open beginning on Thursday morning.