2014 British Open Odds

The 2014 British Open will be the 143rd Open Championship and takes place at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England from July 17-20. Tiger Woods won the last time The Open was held at this course in 2006, finishing with a score of 270 and defeating Chris DiMarco by two strokes. Unfortunately there’s been a shortage of buzz surrounding the majors this year without Woods, but there should be plenty of hype for this one as this is just the second tournament since March that he’s has competed in.

Here’s a historical look at the pre-tournament odds for the British Open champions since Tiger last won it in 2006. We also included Tiger’s odds (via Bovada) for each of the tournaments because he was the prohibitive favorite in every single one he played in:

Year
Winning Golfer
Odds to Win
Tiger's Odds to win
2013 Phil Mickelson +1800 +800
2012 Ernie Els +3050 +1200
2011 Darren Clarke +12500 DNP
2010 Louis Oosthuizen +15000 +500
2009 Stewart Cink +5000 +175
2008 Padraig Harrington +1600 DNP
2007 Padraig Harrington +2000 +225
2006 Tiger Woods +600 +600

Despite not playing competitively for over 3 months and missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National, you can see that Tiger Woods opened as the early favorite yet again at this year’s British Open (odds via Sportsbook.com). However, over the last few days Justin Rose seems to have taken over as the favorite at a number of sportsbooks including 5Dimes and BetUS, while Adam Scott has cemented his place as the favorite at Sportsbook:

Golfer
Odds on 7/16/14
7/11/14
7/6/14
6/28/14
Adam Scott +1200 +1200 +1500 +1500
Rory McIlroy +1500 +1500 +1500 +1500
Henrik Stenson +1500 +1800 +2200 +2200
Justin Rose +1500 +2500 +2500 +3000
Tiger Woods +1600 +1500 +1500 +1200
Martin Kaymer +1800 +2000 +2000 +2000
Phil Mickelson +2300 +2800 +2500 +2500
Sergio Garcia +2500 +2500 +3000 +3500
Jason Day +2800 +2500 +2500 +2500
Graeme McDowell +2800 +2800 +4000 +4000
Rickie Fowler +3000 +4000 +4000 +4500
Matt Kuchar +3500 +3500 +4000 +4000
Lee Westwood +3500 +3000 +3500 +3500
Dustin Johnson +3500 +3500 +4000 +4000
Jordan Spieth +3500 +3000 +2800 +2500
Ian Poulter +4500 +4000 +4500 +4500
Luke Donald +4500 +5500 +4500 +4500
Bubba Watson +4500 +3500 +3500 +3500
Angel Cabrera +5000 +5000 +11500 +11500
Zach Johnson +5000 +6500 +6500 +6000
Brandt Snedeker +5500 +5000 +5000 +5000
Paul Casey +5500 +6500 +6000 +6000
Thomas Bjorn +5500 +5500 +6500 +6500
Hideki Matsuyama +5500 +6500 +6000 +6000
Charl Schwartzel +6500 +6000 +6000 +6000
Louis Oosthuizen +6500 +6500 +6000 +6000
Jim Furyk +6500 +6500 +6000 +6000
Keegan Bradley +6500 +6500 +6000 +6000
Francesco Molinari +6500 +6500 +8000 +8500
Ernie Els +6500 +6500 +6500 +6000
Jamie Donaldson +6500 +6000 +8000 +8500
Jason Dufner +6500 +5500 +5000 +5000
Hunter Mahan +8500 +8000 +7000 +7000
Jimmy Walker +8500 +8000 +10000 +10000
Stephen Gallacher +8500 +11500 +15000 +15000
Victor Dubuisson +8500 +8500 +8500 +8500
Miguel Angel Jimenez +8500 +8500 +8500 +8500
Webb Simpson +8500 +8500 +10000 +10000
Brandon Todd +10000 +15000 +17500 +17500
Patrick Reed +11000 +8500 +7000 +11500
Matteo Manassero +11000 +13000 +11500 +11500
Graham DeLaet +11000 +11000 +10000 +10000
Jonas Blixt +11000 +10000 +11500 +11500
Shane Lowry +11500 +17500 +17500 +17500
Gary Woodland +11500 +11500 +11500 +11500
Ryan Moore +11500 +11500 +11500 +11500
Harris English +11500 +11500 +10000 +10000
Padraig Harrington +13000 +11000 +10000 +10000
Martin Laird +13000 +13000 +12500 +12500
Nicholas Colsaerts +13000 +13000 +12500 +11500
John Senden +13000 +13000 +11500 +11500
Billy Horschel +13500 +13000 +12500 +12500
Kevin Na +13500 +13000 +12500 +12500
Joost Luiten +13500 +13000 +12500 +12500
Bill Haas +13500 +11500 +11500 +11500
Chris Wood +13500 +17500 +17500 +17500
Nick Watney +15000 +13000 +12500 +17500
Marc Leishman +15000 +13000 +12500 +17500
Ross Fisher +15000 +15000 +12500 +12500
Thorbjorn Olesen +15000 +13000 +12500 +12500
Branden Grace +15000 +15000 +17500 +17500
KJ Choi +15000 +12500 +15000 +17500
Retief Goosen +17500 +17500 +17500 +17500
Bernd Wiesberger +20000 +15000 +17500 +17500
Chris Kirk +20000 +15000 +12500 +12500
Paul Lawrie +20000 +20000 +17500 +17500
George Coetzee +20000 +20000 +17500 +17500
Brooks Koepka +20000 +15000 +15000 +15000
Brendon de Jonge +20000 +15000 +12500 +12500
Fredrik Jacobson +20000 +15000 +12500 +12500
Kevin Streelman +25000 +17500 +17500 N/A
Richard Sterne +25000 +17500 +17500 +17500
Matt Jones +25000 +17500 +17500 +17500
Peter Uihlein +25000 +25000 +17500 +17500

 

Over the last few weeks, these players have seen their odds to win the British Open move the most:

Henrik Stenson +1500 from +2200

Justin Rose +1500 from +3000

Graeme McDowell +2800 from +4000

Rickie Fowler +3000 from +4500

Angel Cabrera +5000 from +11500

Stephen Gallacher +8500 from +15000

 

Below are some notable tournament head-to-head matchups and line changes over the last week:

Sergio Garcia (-155 from -140) vs. Jordan Spieth (+125 from +110)

Adam Scott (-170 from -160) vs. Martin Kaymer (+140 from +130)

Henrik Stenson (-210 from -200) vs. Tiger Woods (+175 from +165)

Phil Mickelson -175 vs. Tiger Woods +145

Matt Kuchar (-150 from -155) vs. Rickie Fowler (+120 from +125)

Justin Rose -125 vs. Rory McIlroy -105

 

Finally, here are some props to look out for over the weekend:

Winning Score O/U: 275.5

Lowest Single Round Score O/U: 64.5

Tiger Woods Finishing Position: 39.5

Will Tiger Make the Cut?: Yes -215, No +175

Will there by a Hole-in-One?: Yes -115, No -115

 

Oddly enough, Henrik Stenson has the same odds to win the British Open as Tiger Woods, yet Stenson is a -210 favorite in their head-to-head tournament matchup. There also seems to be a decent amount of money on players like Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, and Graeme McDowell, as their odds have moved significantly over the last couple of weeks.

Do you think Tiger makes a triumphant return at this major, or will someone else take the title at Royal Liverpool? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts below.

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