British Open 2013: Final-Round Odds for Top Contenders at Muirfield

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2013

British Open 2013: Final-Round Odds for Top Contenders at Muirfield

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    Tiger Woods managed to hang in there on moving day, and Lee Westwood played like he was ready to claim his first major in the third round of the British Open.

    While Westwood is on top by two strokes heading into the final round, it is still a wide-open tournament.

    Ten golfers have a legitimate chance to win the third major of the year and claim the Claret Jug. Here's a look at the odds on each of those golfers.

Francesco Molinari

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    Where He Stands: Tied for ninth with a three-round total of 215, five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Molinari is not a big hitter; his game is all about accuracy. If he is going to come from five strokes off the pace and win, he can't make any errors and he must have a dominant short game. He is superb on his approach shots and must excel in the final round in that aspect of the game.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 20-1

Phil Mickelson

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    Where He Stands: Tied for ninth with a three-round total of 215, five strokes behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Mickelson has the game to come from off the pace and win. He needs to play steady and conservatively and avoid the temptation to try any miracle shots. If Mickelson is accurate off the tee and doesn't make any "loose" mistakes, he has a shot at winning his first British Open.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 12-1

Henrik Stenson

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    Where He Stands: Tied for fifth with a three-round total of 214, four shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Stenson was one of the most consistent golfers in the British Open field through the first two rounds when he shot back-to-back rounds of 70. He struggled with his putting in the third round and will need to step up his work with the flat stick if he is going to have a chance in the final round.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 18-1

Ryan Moore

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    Where He Stands: Tied for fifth with a three-round total of 214, four shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: While Ryan Moore was certainly an outsider at the start of the British Open, he has been steady for three rounds. Moore is not a huge hitter, but he tends to keep everything in the fairway and that's his formula for winning. If he can make a few more putts, he has a chance to author a remarkable finish.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 16-1

Zach Johnson

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    Where He Stands: Tied for fifth with a three-round total of 214, four shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Johnson has been in excellent form, tying for second in last week's John Deere Classic. He started the British Open with a 66, but he has come back to the pack in the last two rounds. Still, if he can get hot with his putter—and that has not always been the best part of his game—he has a chance to win.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 11-1

Angel Cabrera

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    Where He Stands: Tied for fifth with a three-round total of 214, four shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Angel Cabrera is a veteran who has been through the wars and is not going to be intimidated by the circumstances or any of his competition. Cabrera's greatest strength is his ability to hit his best shot when it matters most. He is smart, clutch and very tough.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 9-1

Adam Scott

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    Where He Stands: Fourth place with a three-round total of 213, three shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Adam Scott has the complete, tee-to-green game to win the British Open. He proved himself by beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff to win the Masters. If Scott can hit a few putts early in the final round, his confidence will soar and he will have a chance to win.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 4-1

Tiger Woods

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    Where He Stands: Tied for second with a three-round total of 212, two shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: One of the most talented players in the history of the game, Woods is trying to break a five-year dry spell in major championships. While many will point out that Woods has never won a major when he hasn't had at least a share of the lead going into the final round, he is playing extremely well. If Woods can get to the front, he has the ability to build a lead and win his 15th major championship.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 5-2

Hunter Mahan

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    Where He Stands: Tied for second with a three-round total of 212, two shots behind leader Lee Westwood

    Winning Formula: Hunter Mahan took advantage of the better conditions early in the day and shot a 68 in the third round to put himself in contention. Mahan won two tournaments last year and is looking for his first this year. He is an excellent driver as he gets good distance and is quite accurate. He can't have any letdowns off the tees if he hopes to win here.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 4-1

Lee Westwood

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    Where He Stands: Leading the British Open with a three-round total of 210, two strokes ahead of Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods

    Winning Formula: Lee Westwood is gunning for his first major championship, and he appears to be loose, relaxed and on top of his game. That's the key; he has to avoid the nerves that come with leading a major after three rounds. While he has struggled to play his best in majors in the final round, his superior performance in the third round—he shot 70—should help his confidence.

    Odds He’ll Claim Claret Jug: 2-1

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