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Preview Of The 2014 British Open

Posted by on 7/11/2014 10:30:37 PM

Every once in a while, an event takes place right before a major tournament that catapults a player into the realm of odds-on favorite. When Rory McIlroy drove the green on a 436-yard par four in the Scottish Open, he opened some eyes and changed the odds around a little bit. McIlroy leads the Scottish Open after the first round, but his win is far from a forgone conclusion.

These kinds of things get the Brits talking and make the Open Championship a little more exciting. McIlroy climbs the ladder towards the top of the odds list for the Open, but he is not alone at the top of that list. There are several players that fans should be watching out for in the Open Championship this year.

What: The British Open (The Open Championship)

When: July 13 – 20, 2014

Where: Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy (Odds: 12 – 1)

Rory McIlroy is, as we discussed, the odds-on favorite to win this tournament. His odds for winning are actually pretty good and they get better when you consider that the tournament is at Royal Liverpool. This course has the same dangers as any links course in England, Scotland, or Ireland – but it is also extremely long. If McIlroy can keep his form and his power, then he has a very good chance of getting a minimum of a top five finish.

Tiger Woods (Odds: 14 – 1)

When the odds makers make their decision based solely on the name of a player, then that does not lend a lot of credence to the odds assigned. Tiger Woods is barely a shell of his former self and, in all reality, should not be playing professional golf right now. Surgery on any part of the spine is extremely delicate and should be given months to heal properly. If Tiger makes the cut in this tournament, then fans can consider that a small miracle.

Martin Kaymer (Odds: 16 – 1)

This year’s U.S. Open champion looks strong going into the Open Championship. Martin Kaymer stayed a steady course in the U.S. Open to finally come out with the win. Kaymer is the kind of golfer that hangs around the leaderboard through Saturday, and then makes his move on Sunday. He is a gifted young golfer with a promising career ahead of him and it would not be surprising to see him win his second major of the year at Royal Liverpool.

Adam Scott (Odds: 16 – 1)

It is going to take a little while before the odds lists gets to some old and familiar names, and that is a good thing for the PGA. Of the top four in the odds list for the Open (of players with a legitimate chance at winning), Adam Scott is the old man at 33 years old. He won last year’s Masters, but he has never won an Open Championship. His short game is excellent, but it could be his problems off the tee that keep him from winning this tournament. Scott has a tendency to go wide off the tee and that is just not something a player can do when playing Royal Liverpool.

Henrik Stenson (Odds: 16 – 1)

Now we start to get into some familiar names. Henrik Stenson has been a popular player on the tour for a long time now. But he is much more than a sentimental favorite in this tournament. He is last year’s FedEx Cup champion and he is desperately looking for his first major tournament win. When a guy with Stenson’s talent gets desperate, especially on a long course like Liverpool, then that could spell trouble for the rest of the field.

Sergio Garcia (Odds: 25 – 1)

Just like Fuzzy Zoeller back in the 80’s and 90’s, Sergio Garcia has gone from everyone’s favorite golfer to everyone’s most hated bad guy. Racism has no place in sports and apologizing does not take away the deed that has been done. As for his golfing, Garcia continues to change his swing and alter his game to the point where he has no signature move anymore. This happy Spaniard is slowly drifting into obscurity, which is probably where he belongs.

Phil Mickelson (Odds: 25 – 1)

So, what about Lefty? Mickelson finally won this tournament last year, but it was at a course that is much different than Royal Liverpool. Lefty had everything going for him last year and he may not get such a favorable bounce this year. Mickelson has played well this season, but he is Phil Mickelson and, unfortunately, everyone comes to the Open to watch Lefty choke. This year will be no exception.

Graeme McDowell (Odds: 25 – 1)

Here is your dark horse pick of the Open. Graeme McDowell has been around the pro game for a long time, but his only major win was a U.S. Open back in 2010. The Irishman would desperately love to add an Open Championship to his list of accomplishments and he has given no sign that he is to be counted out of this tournament in the early stages.

Jordan Spieth (Odds: 35 – 1)

Jordan Spieth is in danger of going from household name to obscurity in one summer. When the 2014 PGA season started, Spieth rattled off some impressive finishes that made him everyone’s favorite to win everything. But as the year has gone on, Spieth has failed to live up to the expectations placed on him and his stock is dropping fast. In reality, Spieth does not have the precision game to win a tournament like this. But he does have the determination to at least make a very good showing of himself.

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