British Open Odds 2012: Golfers Outside Top 10 Still Worth Betting on
Round 1 of the Open Championship is in the books and the odds have drastically changed.
Predictably, players like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy are now heavy favorites to take home the Claret Jug.
But those aren't the players you want to bet on.
Instead, now it's time to put in your bets for players who had a poor first round but now represent odds with insane value.
Who will find himself in the Top 10 after Round 2?
Believe me, six or seven strokes to make up is completely doable—especially in three rounds, and especially at the Open, where wind and (way) less than perfect conditions can cause anyone to have a terrible round.
So, even if someone has fallen out of early contention, don't be afraid to put your faith in them.
With that being said, here's a look at some good candidates to bet on.
Note: The following odds come from Bet365.
Keegan Bradley (150/1)
So, 150-to-1 for a last year's PGA Champion—a guy who racked up an eagle and three birdies in Round 1?
I'll take it.
Yes, the 26-year-old Bradley also sprinkled in two double-eagles and two bogeys to drop his score to one-over, but if he cuts down on those mistakes, he has the power and ability to put forth an absolute monster round.
You also might be concerned that this is just Bradley's fourth major, and more importantly, his first Open Championship. Well, he won in his first appearance at the PGA Championship last year and he looked solid in his first two majors of 2012—so I'm not too worried.
There are certainly some big question marks with Bradley, but his ceiling has already been proven to be sky high. I'm willing to take that risk.
Where will Matt Kuchar finish?
Matt Kuchar (45/1)
Kuchar, the eighth-ranked golfer in the world and one of the solid favorites coming in, shot a one-under 69 and saw his odds drop to 45-to-1.
I know I said this earlier, but I will most definitely take it.
On the season, Kuch has one win, which came at the "fifth major"— the Players Championship. He has six top-10 finishes and he has made the cut in all 14 of his tournaments.
He's been as solid as a rock, and following a round in which he shot three-under after a bad start on the first three holes, I'm definitely willing to bet on him.
James Morrison (200/1)
He has the famous name, and he proved on Thursday he has the game to compete for the Open Championship.
The 26-year-old Englishman who graduated from South Carolina would certainly be the story of the year if he managed to come out on top, as he has only competed in one other major (he was cut from the U.S. Open in 2010) and only has one professional win—which came on the European Tour.
Nonetheless, despite being such an underdog, Morrison isn't the worst bet in the world. He racked up three birdies and just one bogey on Thursday on his way to a two-under 68—good enough for 14th place.
He isn't flashy, but he has a nice, steady game that is good for links golf; and more importantly, 200-to-1 odds for a player currently in 14th place is too hard to pass up.
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