Despite his recent struggles in majors and an elbow injury that forced him to miss his own tournament last weekend, Tiger Woods is still the favorite to win the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield in just under three weeks’ time.
Woods, who comes to Muirfield still seeking his first major victory since 2008, is, at the very least, the bookmakers’ choice. He is a 7-to-1 favorite by Golfodds.com and Bovada Sports Betting has him at 6-to-1.
Woods remains the top choice because when he’s right physically he’s been strong on the traditional links courses of the British Open. Tiger owns three Open Championships, with the last coming in 2006 at Royal Liverpool.
It also doesn't hurt that Muirfield is a course Tiger is certainly familiar with, has had some success on and is expected to fit his traditional game plan for attacking Open Championships. Of course that assumes he is fully recovered from the elbow injury that kept him out of the AT&T National a week ago.
Woods will play well and contend at Muirfield in just a couple weeks' time and if his skills match the Murifield test as we expect, Tiger will have a great opportunity to capture a fourth Claret Jug.