British Open Tips 2012: Betting Plays You Must Make
You've got $100 burning a hole in your pocket, and you're staring at the betting lines of The Open Championship.
Where does it go?
Well, most likely to the house.
But there's a chance to make money on this year's event.
But first there's a few rules.
First of all, don't do anything I wouldn't do. For example, make sure you gamble early and often. What better way to spend the wee morning hours than gambling on the longest drive between two Europeans you've never heard of?
Next, make sure you're gambling legally. If you're not, then don't get caught.
Finally, if none of these plays work, tweet at me and let me know. I'll gladly email your boss, significant other or teacher as to why you're fleeing the country.
Tiger Woods to Win: 10-1
For starters, all odds are courtesy of ScoresandOdds.com.
Here, you're getting 10-1 to bet on the greatest golfer of all time at a tough course that only favors better players.
What's the catch?
If you're trying to say that he's going to lose this tournament more than nine times before winning it, I'll take that bet. You should, too.
I'm not saying he's "back," but he's a good enough value to put $20 of your $100 on here.
Payout on a win: $200
Tiger Woods Finish Position: Under 16.5 -110
If I think Tiger is going to win, I obviously think he will finish in the top 16.
I don't see him struggling mightily enough, or enough players outperforming him to find himself below this mark.
He's fifth in driving on the PGA, as well as ninth in greens in regulation. These will be key in how he performs.
Of course, the difference between winning or finishing 16th or 69th could come down to his putting. Even with inconsistent putting, I expect Woods to finish in the top 16. Put $20 on it from the $80 you have left.
Matt Kuchar to Win: 50-1
Kuchar is the long shot to go for this weekend.
Kuchar rarely costs himself on the course, and he is a true model of consistency.
He's made all 14 of his cuts this year with 10 top-25s, as well as six top-10s.
He's also 13th on the PGA in bunker saves, which will be crucial on a course with over 200 sand traps.
You've got $60 left, so put $20 on Kuchar to give yourself a guy almost guaranteed to be playing on Sunday, and giving you a chance at a cool grand.
Lowest Completed Round Shot by Any Golfer: Over 64.5 -140
In 2010, Rory McIlroy fired a round of 63 at St. Andrews, the lowest British Open round we've seen in two years.
McIlroy has been inconsistent since, and no one knows what to expect from the course conditions this weekend.
All things considered, don't expect many low rounds.
Take the over on 64.5 for the lowest score of any round.
It's not an easy feat on any course, let alone Royal Lytham. Put half of your remaining $40 on it, leaving you $20 to put on the most exciting bet of the weekend.
John Daly to Make the Cut: Yes +115
Win or lose, with John Daly you know you're in for a good time.
You're basically paying your last $20 to watch one of the most entertaining golfers on tour.
In fact, he may be the only one with a "Tin Cup" rendition in his arsenal, as seen above.
He's got the driver to compete on the course, and every once in a while his golf can impress more than his outfit.
Wake up, pour a cup of coffee and watch John Daly, for better or worse.
Good luck and good gambling.