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British Open Leaderboard 2013: Where Top Favorites Stand Heading into Day 3
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Three-time British Open champion Tiger Woods is the favorite to win his fourth Claret Jug heading into the weekend at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.

Woods, who enters Saturday's Day 3 action just one stroke back of 36-hole leader Miguel Jimenez, is the odds-on favorite to win the season's third major with 5-2 odds, according to bet365.com. But while Tiger is well within reach of his first major win in over five years, there are still a number of other favorites in the mix as players prepare for another 18 holes on Saturday.

Here we'll get you caught up to speed on where the top favorites stand as we head into the third round of play at the British Open.

*Odds according to bet365.com. Day 3 tee times courtesy of GolfChannel.com

 

Tiger Woods (-2)

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Odds: 5-2

Day 3 Tee Time: 10:10 a.m. ET, 3:10 p.m. BST

Even though Tiger began Friday's second round with consecutive pars and finished with a birdie on No. 18, nothing seemed to come easy for Woods on Day 2 at Muirfield.

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After all, Tiger bogeyed three holes for the second-straight day and missed numerous opportunities at the hole, coming up short and pushing putts that he normally makes well wide of the cup.

Woods deserves credit for staying composed and grinding his way to a 71, but he'll need to capitalize on those chances moving forward if he hopes to remain in the mix on Sunday and ultimately lift the Claret Jug for a fourth time.

But don't bet against him to turn things around.

Not only is Tiger playing solid golf through the first half of this year's Open Championship, he's hungry and has the experience to withstand the nerves that come along with being in contention late at a major tournament.

 

Lee Westwood (-2)

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Odds: 6-1

Day 3 Tee Time: 10:10 a.m. ET, 3:10 p.m. BST

Lee Westwood is looking to become the first Englishman in 21 years to win the British Open, and the 40-year-old couldn't have asked for a better start in 2013.

Like Woods, Westwood will begin Day 3 just one stroke off the lead. Even better, the 2010 British Open runner-up is coming off a brilliant round of golf on Friday which saw him birdie six of the first 12 holes en route to shooting a three-under 68. 

Westwood was one of only two players to shoot under 70 on Friday.

The Nottinghamshire native will play the third round alongside Tiger Woods. The two favorites are scheduled to tee off shortly after 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m BST) on Saturday morning. 

 

Henrik Stenson (-2)

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Odds: 9-1

Day 3 Tee Time: 10:20 a.m. ET, 3:20 p.m. BST

For the second-straight round on Friday, Henrik Stenson shot a one-under (70) to remain well within reach of the lead. 

Even more impressive than the Swede's consistency on Day 2, though, was his ability to bounce back. After recording a double bogey on No. 6 early in the round, the 37-year-old came right back with a birdie on the very next hole to push him back to par for the round. He would birdie No. 17 to end the day under par.

Golfweek senior writer Alistair Tait tweeted this impressive stat after the conclusion of Stenson's round on Friday:

Stenson has come very close to winning this tournament in the past, finishing tied for third in 2008 and 2010. But as is the case at any major event, there's a huge difference between coming close and winning it all.

Stenson's resolve will be huge down the stretch at Muirfield this weekend, especially as the pressure heats up on he and the other contenders in the final rounds. 

 

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