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A year ago, Phil Mickelson said that he had a ‘hate, love’ relationship with the British Open.
His tune has probably changed since then, as he went on to win the Open Championship thanks to fantastic final round 67. Now, he enters as the defending champion in an event that even he questioned if he had the shots to win.
Admittedly, Mickelson comes into this British Open not playing his best. The statistics back this up, with the lack of top-10s and being in contention on the weekend. Despite the lackluster play, Mickelson is one of the favorites to win according to 2014 British Open betting odds found at Bovada Sportsbook.
Lefty is down the list behind several other notable players.
One of them happens to be Tiger Woods. After coming back a few weeks ago to play at Congressional missing the cut, Woods will be playing in his first Major Championship this season. After missing the first two Majors in the same season, Woods will tee it up at Hoylake on Thursday, the site of his last Open Championship victory in 2006. Woods will always be a top favorite in any event, but oddsmakers at Bovada are hesitant to anoint him as the overall favorite. He comes in at 18/1, which puts him behind four other golfers.
Which golfer in on top of the list?
There are actually two. Justin Rose, winner of the 2013 U.S. Open. Rose has a lengthy history with the British Open, having his coming out party as an amateur 15 years ago to finish runner-up. Rose captured the Quicken Loans Invitational at Congressional in his last event, and comes in with plenty of confidence. It’s not a surprise that he is a popular pick this week.
The other is Rory McIlroy, who is still looking for a British Open to add to his collection of a PGA Championship and a U.S. Open. McIlroy hasn’t played a PGA Tour event since the U.S. Open, but has played over in Europe since. Inconsistency has been the name of his game this season though. At times he has showed why he can be the best player in the world. But stringing together four consecutive solid rounds has been a tall task. McIlroy is very familiar with playing links golf, and has the tools to be successful at a place like Hoylake. This is especially true because he can hit plenty of irons off the tee, getting away from the driver which has caused some problems.
Both Rose and McIlroy come in at 14/1 to get the win this week.
Behind the top-two favorites is the No.1 player in the world Adam Scott (16/1), and the defending FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson. Stenson and Woods will play alongside each other for the first two rounds beginning Thursday.
Other notable players include U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer (20/1), Sergio Garcia (25/1), and Jordan Spieth (33/1).
Below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the full set of live odds provided by Bovada Sportsbook. They will be available until the first rounds gets underway, but they will be revised after the conclusion of each day through Saturday’s third round.
Live 2014 British Open Odds!