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British Open beings Thursday in Muirfield
By: Steve Bennett - StatFox
Published: 7/17/2013  at  3:50:00 AM
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British Open

Tees Off: Thursday, July 18
Muirfield Golf Links – East Lothian, Scotland

Odds to Win Tournament

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Tiger Woods7-to-1
Phil Mickelson18-to-1
Justin Rose22-to-1
Jason Day25-to-1
Adam Scott25-to-1
Rory McIlroy25-to-1
Luke Donald28-to-1
Lee Westwood28-to-1
Ernie Els28-to-1
Graeme McDowell28-to-1
Sergio Garcia30-to-1
Brandt Snedeker35-to-1
Dustin Johnson40-to-1
Ian Poulter45-to-1
Charl Schwartzel45-to-1
Matt Kuchar45-to-1
Jason Dufner45-to-1
Henrik Stenson45-to-1
Rickie Fowler50-to-1
Thomas Bjorn50-to-1
Nicolas Colsaerts50-to-1
Louis Oosthuizen55-to-1
Hunter Mahan55-to-1
Webb Simpson60-to-1
Martin Kaymer60-to-1
Padraig Harrington60-to-1
Branden Grace60-to-1
Zach Johnson60-to-1
Matteo Manassero60-to-1
Keegan Bradley65-to-1
Bubba Watson65-to-1
Nick Watney80-to-1
Bill Haas80-to-1
Francesco Molinari85-to-1
Billy Horschel85-to-1
Jim Furyk85-to-1
6 golfers100-to-1
10 golfers125-to-1
7 golfers150-to-1
13 golfers200-to-1
8 golfers250-to-1
9 golfers300-to-1
Tom Watson400-to-1
Thaworn Wiratchant500-to-1
4 golfers1,000-to-1
FIELD (Any other golfer)12-to-1

The Open Championship returns to Muirfield for the first time in more than a decade. That makes Ernie Els not only the defending champion, but also the last winner to take home the Claret Jug on this course (in 2002). Non-U.S. born players have won the last four Open Championships, as well as six of the past seven. With that in mind, here’s a look at this week’s Best Bets…

Justin Rose (22/1): The U.S. Open champion had three top-15 finishes in his three June starts (going T8 at the Memorial and T13 at the Travelers). The U.S. Open win was a breakthrough as his first major title, and Rose is the best British hope for a victory at Muirfield.

Tiger Woods (7/1): Though he hasn’t captured the Claret Jug since 2006, the three-time British Open champion is once again on top of his game. He was in the hunt at Royal Lytham & St. Annes last year, settling for a T3 finish. And, as it was during his last British win seven years ago, he’s head and shoulders better than any other golfer in the world.

Ernie Els (28/1): Els has lacked week-to-week consistency in 2013, but he’s had his moments. Although he missed the cut at last week’s Scottish Open, prior to that he went wire-to-wire at the BMW International in Munich, finished T4 at the U.S. Open, and placed T6 at the BMW PGA Championship. The defending champ also won the Open Championship the last time it was held at Muirfield, in 2002, and he’s finished top-15 in four of his past five majors.

Graeme McDowell (28/1): He’s coming off a win at the French Open, and McDowell was right in the thick of things at Royal Lytham & St. Annes last year, when he entered the final day tied for second before slipping to a T5 finish. He missed the cut at the year’s first two majors, but he has a U.S. Open win under his belt (2010) and he finished no worse than T12 in last year’s four majors.

Matteo Manassero (60/1): The 20-year-old Italian continues to blossom into one of the world’s best golfers. He won the BMW PGA Championship in May and sits behind only Rose and McDowell on the European Tour money list. He finished T13 as an amateur at Turnberry in 2009, and considering teenager Jordan Spieth’s victory at the John Deere Classic this past weekend, Manassero can’t be counted out.

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