2012 British Open Odds: Projecting How Tiger Woods and Favorites Will Fare

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Tiger Woods of the United States is seen during the second practice round prior to the start of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes on July 17, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Trying to predict a winner for a major championship these days is about as scientific as throwing a dart at a board full of faces. With 15 different winners in the past 15 majors, nothing is easy when it comes to making predictions.

But we'll keep on making predictions, and the oddsmakers will keep on setting the odds, and you'll keep on picking your favorites and putting your money where your mouth is.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the five golfers with the best odds to win.

All odds courtesy of Bovada.


Tiger Woods, 8/1

Is Tiger Woods the favorite because he's actually the most likely to win this tournament, or is he the favorite because he's the biggest name and people desperately want to see him return to his dominant form that electrified the sport of golf years ago?

It's the latter, which is why these odds don't exactly represent the smartest play out there.

Woods has gone 12 majors since his last win in 2008, and while he's broken through for three Tour wins this season, he hasn't been impressive at the majors.

On one hand, if you're going to bet on one player, Woods always has to be considered a threat to win. On the other, at those odds, he's not a great play.

Proceed at your own risk. I don't see him winning.


Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, 14/1

The top-ranked golfer in the world and the third-ranked golfer (Westwood) have a lot in common.

Both are consistent performers who hover atop the rankings, both are English and neither have broken through and won a major championship.

It would be special if one or the could do so for the home country at the Open Championship, and it's certainly a possibility. But if you bet based on trends, you'll probably want to stay away from this snake-bit pair.


Rory McIlroy, 16/1

He's missed four of the last six cuts. He's played poorly at the majors since winning the 2011 U.S. Open. He went from being golf's next Superman to suddenly disappearing from sight like the Invisible Man.

What's going on, Rory?

Last year he famously grumbled about the playing conditions at the Open Championship, so you might want to think twice before riding with Rory this year. He may be the next great golfer, but he's done nothing to suggest he'll earn that distinction this year.


Padraig Harrington, 18/1

Hey, he won the Open Championship twice (2007 and 2008)—why else do you think the 59th-ranked player in the world has the tournament's fifth-best odds?

Harrington has three total major championships under his belt, so he isn't afraid of the big stage. But keep in mind why he's been given such good odds before you roll with him.

The odds of him winning are in actuality much lower than this.


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