There are reports that claim that Tiger Woods is the favorite at St. Andrews this weekend. That seems like a bit of a stretch. It's understood that the man is simply the best golfer of all time. But, he does not deserve to be the favorite just because he is Tiger Woods.
He has not been putting or striking the ball off the tee very well at all. And if he can't control his driver on golf courses where weather is not an issue, how do you suppose he will fair at St. Andrews, where they never suspend a round even when it is raining and there are violent winds?
Now, Tiger should be one of the favorites, but not the clear cut favorite to take home the Claret Jug. What is in Tiger's favor is that he knows the course really well and Woods can definitely hit the ball a long ways. Because of this he can drive the ball past the bunkers.
It is an advantage but again, this shouldn't make Tiger the favorite. He is down in categories like greens in regulation and fairways hit, as well as putting. The problem with Tiger this year since his return at the Masters in April is that he has never had his irons and putters working at the same time.
Due to this fact, Tiger has just recently switched his putter for the first time since 1999. Also, reluctant to get too personal, but it has to be said, Tiger's issues of the course are clearly affecting him. He just went through a $750 million divorce settlement. That definitely has to weigh deeply on his mind.
We all can't wait to see Tiger win again and nothing can be put passed him. Just because he is not the clear cut favorite does not mean he can't win The Open.
Ironically enough, Tiger has played horribly to put it lightly, in tournaments that are not majors. Including not finishing his final round at the Players Championship. However, at the Masters and the U.S Open he finished 4th because he knew the courses well. St. Andrews is no different and it is his favorite course.
That makes him one of the favorites but there are other players to look out for. Ernie Els has had a good season on tour. Rory Mcllroy won at Quail Hollow and Phil Mickelson has had a very solid year on tour highlighted by his win at the Masters. The dark horses to look out for are Lee Westwood and two time Claret Jug winner Padraig Harrington.
Lee Westwood seems to always come up a little short in major tournaments, but he will be a contender along with Harrington. This seems like more of a stretch than making Tiger the favorite, but Harrington usually does very well in the Open Championship. Possibly because he is so close to his homeland of Scotland.
Tiger might win but he should not be labeled as the favorite. Though I'm sure all of his fans want him to win regardless, one thing is guaranteed, on Sunday when he has his red on, he will have the opportunity to win. The question is can he capatalize?
I believe Tiger will win the 2010 British Open.