British Open Odds 2014: Predictions for Favorites Heading into Royal Liverpool

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

Adam Scott of Australia plays a shot on the 4th tee during a practice round at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club prior to the start of the British Open Golf Championship, in Hoylake, England, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The 2014 Open Championship starts on Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Does anybody want to win the 2014 British Open? With play at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club days away from beginning, nobody is emerging as the odds-on favorite.

Betting on a golfer to win a major tournament is generally a fool's errand anyway. The field is so large, and playing over four days increases the chances of something going wrong.

Below are the top 15 golfers headed into the British Open according to their odds of winning.

2014 British Open Odds
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

Note: Odds are courtesy of and up to date as of 6:26 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.

These three golfers are among the most favored to finish top of the class at the British Open. Read on to see whether their title claims are valid.

Rory McIlroy

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 12 : Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green during the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open third round at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on July 12, 2014 in Aberdeen, Scotland (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Image
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Until Rory McIlroy conquers his second-round boogeyman, he shouldn't be considered a favorite at Liverpool. Sometimes, you'll hear about overblown or completely fabricated issues that could trouble a golfer at a major tournament.

However, McIlroy's struggles on Friday are very real, per Golf Central:

In what could be a sign of things to come, the 25-year-old melted down in the second round of the Scottish Open in preparation for the British Open, per's Will Gray:

McIlroy clearly has all the talent in the world, but he has some sort of mental hurdle that he's yet to overcome. Until he does, the two-time major winner only remains an outside threat to take home the 2014 British Open crown.

Don't be surprised if a bad second round is his ultimate undoing once again.

Tiger Woods

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From now until the end of time, Tiger Woods will remain one of the favorites for every major tournament. His preparation and results heading into the event are completely irrelevant.

Woods missed both the Masters and U.S. Open earlier in the year because of injury, and upon making his return at the Quicken Loans National, he missed the cut altogether. Based on that, should the 38-year-old really be viewed as a contender?

What's worse is that in his few PGA Tour events this year, his performance has fallen way below his sky-high standards. According to, his driving accuracy is 53.57 percent, and his greens in regulation is slightly better, at 56.48 percent. For comparison, in 2006, when Woods won at Royal Liverpool, those numbers were 60.71 and 74.15 percent, respectively.

If Woods isn't landing his drives on the fairway or hitting the greens in regulation often enough, then he'll be in serious trouble.

The 14-time major winner should make the cut, but a finish somewhere in the 20s is his likely landing spot.

Adam Scott

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Nobody has gotten closer to a British Open title over the last two years without winning it than Adam Scott. In 2012, he finished second to Ernie Els and then followed up with a tie for third last year.

"I played really nicely the last two years and felt like I had control over my game on courses that make it easy to lose control," he said, per The Sydney Morning Herald. "At majors, when you're doing that, that's a very positive thing."

Nobody's been more consistent on the PGA Tour this year than Scott, with six top-10 finishes in 10 events.

Scott should be one of the golfers near the top of the leaderboard for most of the tournament, but winning will be a bridge too far.


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