British Open 2014: Updated Betting Tips for Major at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 14, 2014

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during a practice round ahead of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 13, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Golf's third major tournament of the year is upon us, and a very talented field is set to take on the difficult Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, in the 2014 British Open.

Plenty of big names and intriguing storylines will be on full display when the prestigious Open
Championship kicks off on Thursday.

Tiger Woods will participate in his first major of the year on a course that yielded his last British Open title. Phil Mickelson looks to right the ship and successfully defend the title he earned last year at Muirfield. Rory McIlroy will attempt to earn his first Open Championship title.

The list goes on and on.

So, which golfer in this year's field will give his storyline a happy ending? Which ones don't stand much of a chance?

Let's take a look at the 2014 British Open odds and determine which players have the best chances of taking home the Claret Jug and which to avoid when placing your bets.

 

Odds

2014 Open Championship Odds
GolferOdds
Adam Scott12-1
Tiger Woods15-1
Rory McIlroy15-1
Henrik Stenson18-1
Martin Kaymer20-1
Justin Rose22-1
Jason Day25-1
Sergio Garcia25-1
Phil Mickelson28-1
Graeme McDowell28-1
Jordan Spieth30-1
Lee Westwood30-1
Bubba Watson35-1
Dustin Johnson35-1
Matt Kuchar35-1
Ian Poulter40-1
Luke Donald45-1
Rickie Fowler50-1
Brandt Snedeker50-1
Angel Cabrera50-1
Jason Dufner55-1
Thomas Bjorn55-1
Charl Schwartzel60-1
Jamie Donaldson60-1
Hideki Matsuyama65-1
Ernie Els65-1
Zach Johnson65-1
Jim Furyk65-1
Paul Casey65-1
Francesco Molinari65-1
Keegan Bradley65-1
Louis Oosthuizen65-1
Jimmy Walker80-1
Hunter Mahan80-1
Patrick Reed85-1
Miguel Angel Jimenez85-1
Victor Dubuisson85-1
Mikko Ilonen85-1
Webb Simpson85-1
Jonas Blixt100-1
Graham DeLaet110-1
Padraig Harrington110-1
Ryan Moore115-1
Gary Woodland115-1
Bill Haas115-1
Stephen Gallacher115-1
Harris English115-1
KJ Choi125-1
Thongchai Jaidee125-1
Vegas Insider

The full Open Championship odds can be found at Vegas Insider.

 

Adam Scott: 12-1 Odds

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Scott may not have the kind of odds to earn you serious cash, but it's absolutely safe to roll with the Aussie at Royal Liverpool.

The world No. 1 has been in great form this year, winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational and earning a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open.

Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel reminds us how Scott has fared in the British Open over the past two years:

His recent brilliant play has given him plenty of confidence heading into The Open Championship, according to an interview with the Australian Associated Press, via The Sydney Morning Herald:

Everything's been going great. The swing's managed to stay in the right place and I feel like in the few days I've been here, I've hit a lot of quality shots and the comfort level is pretty high with all that.

It's just about kind of managing the nerves and expectation and not getting in front of yourself and remembering what I've done the last couple of years to put myself in a position on Sunday to win.

With Scott's smooth swing in seemingly good form and his confidence soaring, taking him to win it all at 12-1 odds is about the safest bet to place this week at Hoylake.

 

Tiger Woods: 15-1 Odds

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  Tiger Woods of the USA tees off on the 1st hole during a practice round ahead of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 13, 2014 in Hoylake, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Let's go ahead and address the elephant—or, in this case, Tiger—in the room.

Woods makes his highly anticipated return to major tournament play at Royal Liverpool—the course that gave him his third British Open victory in 2006—on Thursday.

Although, his return isn't favorable to be a triumphant one—despite his 15-1 odds.

Woods has been dealing with his recovery from back surgery, and he's spent very little time preparing to take on the daunting task of playing in a major. After all, he just missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National at the end of June.

Here's a great look at Tiger's swing after back surgery, via John Brenkus of Sport Science:

Former coach Hank Haney didn't pull any punches regarding Woods' lack of preparation for the tournament during an interview with John Huggan of The Scotsman:

That he isn't going to play competitively in the two weeks running up to the Open speaks to the fact that he doesn't care as much as he used to. Still, you can’t win if you don't enter. Maybe he will catch lightning in a bottle. But I really think he is using the Open to get ready for the [US] PGA at Valhalla next month. That's a much more realistic target for him.

Even though it's well known that Haney and Woods don't see eye to eye these days, he's absolutely right. Tiger isn't prepared for the tournament and may not even be ready enough to stick around for the weekend.

If you're betting on the tournament, don't waste your money here.

 

Henrik Stenson: 18-1 Odds

Jon Super/Associated Press

Sure, it may seem all too easy to like the world No. 2 golfer's odds heading into The Open Championship when he's sitting at 18-1, but a brief glimpse into Stenson's history is all that's needed to have plenty of faith in the Swede to get the job done at Royal Liverpool.

Stenson has never won a major tournament, but that could certainly change this year in Hoylake.

He's absolutely been playing lights out recently, earning top-10 finishes in each of his last four tournaments, including a T4 spot in the U.S. Open.

Just last year at Muirfield, Stenson recorded his best-ever finish at an Open Championship, finishing in solo second behind Mickelson.

Here's a great look at Stenson's return to prominence in the golfing world:

If anyone is in top form and looking poised to raise the Claret Jug at the tournament's conclusion, it's Stenson.

Place your bets.

 

Notables

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 13:  Rory Mcilroy of Northern Ireland hits his approach on the first hole during the final round of the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on July 13, 2014 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  (Photo by M
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Here's a look at some more who look ready to contend for an Open Championship title and others who you may want to avoid when wagering on the tournament.

Notable Players at 2014 British Open
GolferOddsBet
Rory McIlroy15-1Yes
Martin Kaymer20-1Yes
Justin Rose22-1Yes
Jason Day25-1Yes
Sergio Garcia25-1No
Phil Mickelson28-1No
Jordan Spieth30-1No
Bubba Watson35-1No
Odds via Vegas Insider