Odds To Win The Open Championship 2011

Two weeks ahead of the 2011 (British) Open Championship, Rory McIlroy is the odds on favorite at 5/1. That’s as it should be, for he’s just one hole (the tenth at Augusta) from playing for the third leg of a Grand Slam. If he can keep his wits about him, in two week’s time, he should have his second Major. And that’ll REALLY have golf pundit tongues wagging.

For my part, I like neither Lee Westwood (9/1) nor Martin Kaymer (16/1) for this title. Kaymer has had a good year, with five top ten finishes including a win, but he looked terrible under pressure at The Masters, failing to make the cut. Westwood is the new Montomerie. Luke Donald at 14/1 looks good, though.

Sergio is the player who most intrigues me. Long the holder of the dubious distinction “Best Player Not To Win A Major,” Sergio looks as though this just might be his year.

Two players at 25/1 also could be contenders: Graeme McDowell and Jason Day, who has been o-so-close. Phil Mickelson also is in at 25/1, but I’m certain that an Open Championship will continue to elude him, just as the US Open. I don’t think his gambling, oft reckless style fits those two championships well. He has to hold back and that’s just not his way.

Of the American players, Nick Watney at 28/1 seems to be the best out there right now. I would not be surprised to see Watney and McIlroy in the final group on Sunday.

You can see the complete odds for the 2011 Open Championship below, courtesy of Bodog, the world’s largest betting destination:

Player Odds
Rory McIlroy  5/1  
Lee Westwood  9/1  
Luke Donald  14/1  
Martin Kaymer  16/1  
Tiger Woods  16/1  
Sergio Garcia  20/1  
Graeme McDowell  25/1  
Jason Day  25/1  
Phil Mickelson  25/1  
Nick Watney  28/1  
Adam Scott  33/1  
Bubba Watson  33/1  
Charl Schwartzel  33/1  
Dustin Johnson  33/1  
Ian Poulter  33/1  
K.J. Choi  33/1  
Padraig Harrington  33/1  
Justin Rose  35/1  
Alvaro Quiros  40/1  
Ernie Els  40/1  
Henrik Stenson  40/1  
Hunter Mahan  40/1  
Matt Kuchar  40/1  
Paul Casey  40/1  
Retief Goosen  40/1  
Steve Stricker  40/1  
Chris Wood  66/1  
Francesco Molinari  66/1  
Geoff Ogilvy  66/1  
Jim Furyk  66/1  
Louis Oosthuizen  66/1  
Rickie Fowler  66/1  
Robert Allenby  66/1  
Robert Karlsson  66/1  
Ross Fisher  66/1  
Anthony Kim  80/1  
Camilo Villegas  80/1  
Edoardo Molinari  80/1  
Martin Laird  80/1  
Tim Clark  80/1  
Zach Johnson  80/1  
Angel Cabrera  100/1  
Ben Curtis  100/1  
Bo Van Pelt  100/1  
Darren Clarke  100/1  
JB Holmes  100/1  
Jeff Overton  100/1  
Miguel Angel Jimenez  100/1  
Peter Hanson  100/1  
Robert Rock 100/1  
Rory Sabbatini  100/1  
Ryo Ishikawa  100/1  
Stewart Cink  100/1  
Trevor Immelman  100/1  
Vijay Singh  100/1  
Anders Hansen  125/1  
Brian Davis 125/1  
Thomas Levet 125/1  
Kevin Na  150/1  

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