The Open from Royal St. Georges

BREAKING NEWS: Twenty-year-old Tom Lewis posted the lowest round ever by an amateur in golf's oldest major, pulling even with Thomas Bjorn at 5-under 65 to share the first-round lead at the British Open.


The Tiger Woods factor or lack thereof presents some lucrative opportunities wagering on The British Open Odds To Win 2011.

Rory McIlroy roars into Royal St. Georges to continue his major dominance this year. This kid has led 7 of the 8 PGA Golf Major rounds thus far, and people don’t seem to have the confidence in him continuing this dominance. That’s right I said DOMINANCE!

Ben Curtis was the only golfer finishing under par the last time the Open Championship was played at here in 2003, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if no person finishes in red figures this year. Look for the patient veterans (Graeme McDowell), not the veteran patients (Lee Westwood) to close this windy mess fest out for victory.

The USA players have taken a hit losing the top spots in PGA World ranking and 0-fer in the last 5 Major Golf Championships. I would take Matt Kuchar or Nick Watney on the British Open Odds To Win if you MUST bet an American.

Luke Donald has 8 top 10s this year and is the number 1 golfer in the WORLD (echo: WORLD World world).

  • Rory Mcilroy +500 (+1400 last year) – The next Tiger Woods he is not and doesn’t have to be. Frustration will strike earlier than last round for this young Irish laddy here unfortunately.
  • Phil Mickelson +4000 (+1200 last year) – Usually, British Open Odds To Win are not the place to fire on Phil. With big winds ready to take out most inexperienced players, I think +4000 is fairly hard to turn down.
  • Justin Rose +4500 (+1200 last year) – Wind Player – ‘nuff said
  • Lee Westwood +1000 (+1800 last year) – Tied for 3rd in the US Open this year and the number 2 player in the world will probably finish top 5 in this one. He was 2nd last year and 3rd place in 2009, but I would DEFINITELY bet against him in the Final Round if he is within 3 strokes.
  • Padraig Harrington +3500 (+1800) – Has been sliding since his 2008 British Open successful title defense followed by a PGA Championship win. Feeling good after last week’s Barclays Scottish Open finish in a tie for 14th.
  • Louis Oosthuizen +9000 – “Feeling bad Billy Ray”, “Looking BAD Louis”. PASS on ANY wagers especially British Open Odds To Win 2011.
  • Matt Kuchar +3500 – Consistent, Consistent, Consistent or Location, Location, Location!
  • Graeme McDowell +3000 (+2500 last year) – Solid play in every round matchups after first day, especially 3rd and 4th rounds when others are folding like circus tents! I like this Mc over McIlroy this week big time.
  • Dustin Johnson +5500 – He will get a Major Golf Championship soon. Is this the one?
  • Steve Stricker +3300 – Scrambling is key, so take him on all matchups but not on British Open Odds to Win 2011.
  • Justin Leonard +20000 – WINDY! Past OPEN CHAMPION! Same first name as TIMBERLAKE! You WIN $200 for every $1

This year at Royal St. George’s, the Open Championship will present a multitude of frustrating problems with the fast surfaces, hard greens and the menacing winds.

The British Open Odds To Win are a crap shoot in many ways, but not in all of them. Bank on the experienced players especially on Days 3 and 4 when frustration and mental fatigue set in. Don’t play the non-experienced or younger guys in the later rounds.

British Open Odds To Win and BIG plays for the weekend matchups are Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar and Padraig Harrington.