With the 2014 British open just over 72 hours away from getting started, it’s time to narrow your scope on the field and start to zero in on just which players stand the best chances of actually bringing home the bacon at the year’s third major. Click here to see more golf betting odds.
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As usual, the field is super competitive – and more wide open this year, seeing as how no one knows just how Tiger Woods is going to perform as he takes the next step in his comeback from back surgery.
Let’s take a look at the top contenders to win the 143rd British Open Championship, followed by my picks to win it all
Odds To Win The Open Championship 2014 – Hoylake, Royal Liverpool
The Betting Favorites To Win The British Open
- Justin Rose 14/1
- Rory McIlroy 14/1
- Adam Scott 16/1
- Henrik Stenson 16/1
- Tiger Woods 18/1
- Martin Kaymer 20/1
- Phil Mickelson 20/1
- Graeme McDowell 25/1
- Sergio Garcia 25/1
Analysis: Ironically, the last time the British Open was held at Hoylake back in 2006, Tiger Woods won it all by closing with a final round 67 that was good enough to beat Chris DiMarco (what ever happened to him?) by two strokes.
Unfortunately, this isn’t 2006 and Woods isn’t nearly as dominant as he used to be. Not only that, but since Woods last won the Open Championship, several other younger players have risen up to provide consistent challenges every time he tees it up.
Of course, Woods is still a fantastic golfer and I think everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before he wins another major.
Woods won consecutive titles in 2005-06 and tied for sixth just last year after finishing third in 2012. Woods also finished third in 1998 and fourth in 2003, so another high finish isn’t out of the question as this tournament generally plays well for his long tee drives.
Now, as far as the rest of the top favorites, the first thing you should know is that the last five British Open winners were a mixed bag of veterans that no one actually predicted would win in those years.
Stewart Cink won it all in 2009, followed by wins for Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson’s surprise win last year.
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With six top 10 finishes and one win apiece, I believe that both Justin Rose and Adam Scott have to be considered the top two favorites. Scott finished tied for third last year after coming in second place the year before. The 2013 Masters winner is about due to win his second major too.
Top Contenders To Win The British Open
- Dustin Johnson 33/1
- Jason Day 33/1
- Jordan Spieth 33/1
- Rickie Fowler 33/1
- Bubba Watson 40/1
- Lee Westwood 40/1
- Luke Donald 40/1
- Matt Kuchar 40/1
- Brandt Snedeker 50/1
- Hideki Matsuyama 50/1
Analysis: If I had to pick one player out of this group to win it all, it’d be Matt Kuchar. Not only is Kuchar third in the FedEx rankings, but the Kuchar finished this year’s Masters in fifth place and has nine top 10 finishes and one win. I believe the talented Kuchar is ready to really challenge at a major after underachieving in the biggest tournaments spectacularly over his career.
With seven top 10 finishes so far this year, I’m also thinking Jordan Spieth is a legitimate title contender.
Longshots To Win The British Open
- Angel Cabrera 50/1
- Jimmy Walker 80/1
- Hunter Mahan 80/1
- Keegan Bradley 80/1
- Jonas Blixt 100/1
- Brendon Todd 100/1
Analysis: Last but not least, my favorite group of contenders is my dark horse group. Sure, each of these guys has long odds, but the reality is that they’re far longer than they should be – and each of these players should have a very legitimate chance at bringing home the bacon.
Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx tour thanks to his three wins and eight top 10 finishes. The unheard of Brendon Todd is ninth in the FedEx standings and has seven top 10 finishes and one win.
Keegan Bradley has five top 10 finishes and Hunter Mahan, four, including a fourth place finish at last year’s U.S. Open.
My 2014 British Open Betting Picks:
I’m going with Adam Scott to win it all, followed by picks for Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Jimmy Walker and Jonas Blixt with my fifth and final pick to win the 2014 British Open being perennial bridesmaid Sergio Garcia.