To no one’s surprise, Rory McIlroy is the odds on favorite to win this year’s Open Championship, at 13/2 (meaning that a bet of $2 pays 13 if he wins). Rory has been so close (or winning) in recent Majors that he seems nearly certain to at least be a leader.
Still, there are those who are not convinced. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald (both 11/1) are the two deemed most likely to pick up the standard if Rory falls. In fact, I heard a commentator on The Golf Channel this weekend suggest that Luke Donald’s number one position, coupled with the win in the Scottish Open should make him the favorite. Bettors apparently don’t agree.
I like Luke Donald for the win at the Open Championship. He seems as though he has the steady hand that Championship requires. Length will kill him in the US Open, but in the isles …
The rest of the top ten are an interesting mix. Martin Kaymer is at 22/1. He’s had a solid year, but I’m still not convinced that he’s the real deal (yes, I know he won the PGA). Graeme McDowell and Sergio Garcia are in at 28/1. I’m putting Sergio on my team along with Donald. I really think this could be his year.
Steve Stricker is the leading American at 28/1. His victory this past weekend was quite the thing, but Stricker’s not had a good run at the Open Championship. His best finish was a T7 in 2008. Other than that, it’s been a long string of cuts, did not plays and finishes no better than 25.
My dark horse (if there can be a dark horse in the top 10) is Jason Day. He’s played so well in recent majors that he’s just got to break through soon. Look at his last three Majors: US Open 2011 – 2nd; Masters 2011 – 2nd; PGA 2010 – t10. Ok, so his best finish at the Open Championship was T60 in 2010, but that was his first appearance in a Major.
Nick Watney at 33/1 is the other American on the list. He’s got game. We’ll see how it holds up on the links.
The rest of the betting odds for the 2011 Open Championship are below, courtesy of Bodog, the world’s largest betting destination.
|Bo Van Pelt||100/1|
|Charles Howell III||100/1|
|Davis Love III||150/1|
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||150/1|
|Fredrik Andersson Hed||200/1|