2014 British Open: Updated Odds After the Cut

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

2014 British Open: Updated Odds After the Cut

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    Pre-tournament odds from Oddshark listed Rory McIlroy as the favorite to win the 2014 British Open. Through two rounds, the 25-year-old Ulsterman has put on a performance that makes it look like the bookies know their stuff. 

    When McIlroy holed his seventh birdie of the day at the 18th hole for his second straight 66, he opened up a six-stroke lead on the field. Eventually, Dustin Johnson closed that lead to four, but McIlroy's has still significantly outplayed the field through two rounds.

    Let's take a look at the odds for biggest names left in the field and those who are positioned near the top of the leaderboard heading into the third round. 

    *The updated odds are mine. Pre-tournament odds via Oddshark

Tiger Woods

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    Pre-tournament odds: 16-1

    What he's done so far: After a solid first-round 69 that included a stretch of five birdies in six holes, Tiger Woods struggled from the very first hole of his second round. An opening double bogey hurt him, and he never really gained any momentum after that point. A triple bogey at the 17th even put him in danger of missing the cut (which he avoided with a birdie at the 18th). 

    His second-round 77 prompted Doug Franz of Arizona Sports to write, "Woods...will never live up to the old Tiger Woods," while Paul Azinger questioned his use of the driver Friday and obsession with swing changes during the ESPN telecast. 

    Where he stands: +2

    Updated odds: 200-1

Phil Mickelson

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    Pre-tournament odds: 16-1

    What he's done so far: Through two rounds, Phil Mickelson stands at even par for the Open Championship. After his opening-round two-over 74, Mickelson said "This is the best I've hit it in over a year" in his post-round presser. 

    Unfortunately, his first-round score didn't reflect the quality of his ball-striking. 

    With a second-round 70 in windy conditions, the left-hander reaped the rewards of good play from tee to green. However, he'll enter the third round 12 strokes behind Rory McIlroy and a second straight Open Championship victory doesn't seem to be in the cards for Lefty.  

    Where he stands: Even

    Updated odds: 100-1

Adam Scott

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    Pre-tournament odds: 14-1

    What he's done so far: Adam Scott carded a first-round 68 at the Open Championship. He struggled short putting during the second round, however, as he needed birdies at the two closing holes to salvage a second-round 73. 

    He'll rue the strokes he left on the course through the first two rounds. If more putts had fallen, he might be positioned at seven- or eight-under par. As it is, he looks to be too far in Rory's rear-view to have any real hope of erasing memories of his 2012 Open Championship collapse with a victory this year. 

    Where he stands: -3 

    Updated odds: 24-1

Jim Furyk

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    Pre-tournament odds: 80-1

    What he's done so far: Veteran Jim Furyk began his 19th career Open Championship with a tidy 68. He was able to maintain the positive momentum throughout his second round, thanks to an outward 34 and a slew of pars on the back. 

    For Furyk, it's been another gritty performance at a major in a career that's been full of them. He looks to be on his way to a sixth-career top 10 at the Open. 

    Where he stands: -5

    Updated odds:  28-1

George Coetzee

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    Pre-tournament odds: 150-1

    What he's done so far: Unheralded George Coetzee carded an impressive second-round 69, which was tied for the best tally from the morning wave of golfers at Hoylake. Even better: Friday marked his 28th birthday. 

    It will be truly remarkable if Coetzee can keep up his strong play once the reality of Saturday near the lead at a major sets in. 

    Where he stands: -5

    Updated odds: 90-1

Sergio Garcia

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    Pre-tournament odds: 25-1

    What he's done so far: An eagle from the fairway of the second hole erased the bogeys that preceded and followed it for Sergio Garcia during the second round. After that point, the table was set for a solid follow-up to his opening-round 68.

    The Spaniard got around Hoylake in 70 strokes Friday and seemed confident in his post-round interview on ESPN. Still, even with an overflowing of confidence, he'll have difficulty even clutching at Rory McIlroy's coattails. 

    Where he stands: -6

    Updated odds: 14-1

Francesco Molinari

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    Pre-tournament odds: 66-1

    What he's done so far: The Molinari brothers were both perched at four under following their first rounds. Francesco had the better second round, offsetting a double at the eighth with a slew of birdies, which left him well positioned for the third round at six under.

    Molinari tied for ninth at the Open Championship last year. His quality through Round 2 suggests he's on his way to another top 10 this year. 

    Where he stands: -6

    Updated odds: 32-1

Rickie Fowler

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    Pre-tournament odds: 40-1

    What he's done so far: In his first round, Rickie Fowler fired a quality three-under 69. A birdie on the 16th hole during his second round moved Fowler to five under, and he looks poised to improve upon his fifth-place showing at the championship in 2011. 

    For Fowler, this marks the second straight major at which he'll feature prominently on the weekend, which is the mark of a top golfer.  

    Where he stands: -6

    Updated odds: 16-1

Ryan Moore

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    Pre-tournament odds: 100-1

    What he's done so far: Ryan Moore has never finished inside the top 10 at an Open Championship, so his two-round total of six-under par is both impressive and unexpected.

    After beginning his quest for a claret jug with a two-under 70, Moore finished his second round with a blistering back-nine 33 to leave him six back of Rory McIlroy.  

    Where he stands: -6

    Updated odds:  26-1

Dustin Johnson

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    Pre-tournament odds: 33-1

    What he's done so far: Dustin Johnson has been the second-best golfer at Hoylake through two rounds. He was just one under for his first round but turned it on for the second, recording seven birdies and no bogeys en route to a brilliant second-round 65.

    Johnson had a real shot at winning the 2011 Open Championship (eventually he finished second). His best-in-field showing Friday suggests he's poised to raise silverware should McIlroy falter. 

    Where he stands: -8

    Updated odds: 10-1

Rory McIlroy

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    Pre-tournament odds: 10-1

    What he's done so far: Leading the tournament thanks to a first-round 66, Rory McIlroy entered Friday with everyone asking the same question: "Will he be able to shake off the second-round struggles that have plagued him recently?"

    The answer to that: a resounding "Yes." Through two rounds, the 25-year-old has clearly indicated this Open Championship will go the way of his two dominant major wins. 

    Where he stands: -12

    Updated odds: 5-6