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The 2012 British Open pairings were announced on Monday, as we get set for the opening round from Royal Lytham & St. Annes on Thursday.
And with the announcement of the tee times, oddsmakers are jumping all over the 3-ball betting lines for the first round.
Tiger Woods headlines the British Open field, leading the way on the list of favorites. A win would be Woods’ fourth British Open championship, a tournament that he has not won since back in 2006.
Woods will be paired with Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose for the opening two rounds at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. And on the 3 Ball Odds for the First Round, Woods leads the way to shoot the low score for the day in his grouping. But it’s not by very much. In fact, a wager on Woods will payout at +130 on the amount wagered. Garcia and Rose then come in with equal odds at +200, which is a 2/1 payout. This group will tee off at 9:42 am local time, which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard time. So then that would be a 4:42 am ET start, with coverage on ESPN for the British Open beginning just after at 5 am ET on Thursday.
Lee Westwood is the second overall favorite to win this week, along with No.1 ranked player in the world in Luke Donald. Westwood will be paired with Masters champion Bubba Watson and Yoshinori Fujimoto for the first two rounds. Still looking for that first Major championship win, Westwood is a -140 favorite to record the low score in the pairing for the first round. Watson comes in at +175, with Fujimoto well back at +500.
Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen will tee off in the afternoon wave of the first round at 9:21 am local time, 2:21 pm ET. McIlroy has definitely had his struggles in Majors of late, that included a missed cut at the most recent in the U.S Open where he was the defending champion. Still, oddsmakers have faith in him this week, setting him at +120 to shoot the low number of this grouping comprised of Major champions. Oosthuizen comes in at +160, while Bradley is back at +180.
Phil Mickelson will tee off not long after that grouping, along with Donald and Geoff Ogilvy. Mickelson doesn’t have a great record at the British Open, only seriously contending a couple of times in his career. Links golf really doesn’t fit his game, but who knows what could happen this week. It’s Donald who is a +125 favorite to shoot the low score on Thursday, with Mickelson coming in at +160, and Ogilvy at +280.
Below, we have the full list of 3-Ball betting odds as seen on Bovada along with the tee times. These tee times will be listed in Eastern Standard time, so pay attention to when they tee off. Remember, coverage starts at 5 am ET on ESPN Thursday morning.