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British Open 2014: Updated Betting Tips for Major at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
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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
Golfer Odds
Adam Scott 12-1
Tiger Woods 15-1
Rory McIlroy 15-1
Henrik Stenson 18-1
Martin Kaymer 20-1
Justin Rose 22-1
Jason Day 25-1
Sergio Garcia 25-1
Phil Mickelson 28-1
Graeme McDowell 28-1
Jordan Spieth 30-1
Lee Westwood 30-1
Bubba Watson 35-1
Dustin Johnson 35-1
Matt Kuchar 35-1
Ian Poulter 40-1
Luke Donald 45-1
Rickie Fowler 50-1
Brandt Snedeker 50-1
Angel Cabrera 50-1
Jason Dufner 55-1
Thomas Bjorn 55-1
Charl Schwartzel 60-1
Jamie Donaldson 60-1
Hideki Matsuyama 65-1
Ernie Els 65-1
Zach Johnson 65-1
Jim Furyk 65-1
Paul Casey 65-1
Francesco Molinari 65-1
Keegan Bradley 65-1
Louis Oosthuizen 65-1
Jimmy Walker 80-1
Hunter Mahan 80-1
Patrick Reed 85-1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 85-1
Victor Dubuisson 85-1
Mikko Ilonen 85-1
Webb Simpson 85-1
Jonas Blixt 100-1
Graham DeLaet 110-1
Padraig Harrington 110-1
Ryan Moore 115-1
Gary Woodland 115-1
Bill Haas 115-1
Stephen Gallacher 115-1
Harris English 115-1
KJ Choi 125-1
Thongchai Jaidee 125-1

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

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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

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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

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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
Golfer Odds Bet
Rory McIlroy 15-1 Yes
Martin Kaymer 20-1 Yes
Justin Rose 22-1 Yes
Jason Day 25-1 Yes
Sergio Garcia 25-1 No
Phil Mickelson 28-1 No
Jordan Spieth 30-1 No
Bubba Watson 35-1 No

Odds via Vegas Insider

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