PGA Betting: Competitive Field Complicates British Open

BritishOpenClubHouseOne week remains before the teeing off of 2013’s British Open, giving golf betting fans plenty of time to review the options available in the sportsbook. Better think long and hard about which of the sport’s top stars will thrive at the major championship, because given what we’ve seen so far, anything can happen.

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Leading the pack is, naturally, Tigers Woods. Woods’ 8/1 odds of winning the British Open are indicative of a rich history of success at the event. Three times over the course of his career Woods has won the Open Championship, but not since 2006.

Over the span of the six years since, five individuals have staked claim to the honor, with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington winning back to back in 2007 and 2008. With just 33/1 PGA odds this time, however, he has plenty of work to do before he convinces the masses that he’s a frontrunner to win again.

Second on the golf odds is a three-way tie between Masters winner Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose (all with 18/1 odds). None of the trio, however, have ever gone all the way.

Interestingly enough, last year’s tournament winner – Ernie Els – also happens to be the last individual to win the Open Championship at the Muirfield golf club in Gullane, Scotland back in 2002. His 25/1 mark suggests it’s a possibility that he does it again.

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