Jul
12
2011
British Open: All Bets Are On
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Defending champ champagne Louis

The Open seems to be everyone’s favorite tournament for placing bets — probably because it’s actually legal in the UK and almost ingrained in the culture.

Personally, I don’t think the favorites to win are necessarily good reference points to picking. Sometimes they are, but links golf isn’t as predictable. I haven’t finalized my top picks yet, but my short list includes Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Francesco Molinari, KJ Choi, Matteo Manassero, Padraig Harrington and perhaps Martin Kaymer. Check back with me tomorrow.

Courtesy of Bodog, below are the odds on players to win the Open, top golfer by country, certain players to finish in the top 10, low-amateur and low senior, the margin of victory, and much, much more (how do they come up with this stuff?).

Odds to Win the 2011 British Open Championship – Royal St George’s Golf Club

Rory McIlroy                  13/2

Luke Donald                  11/1

Lee Westwood               11/1

Martin Kaymer               22/1

Sergio Garcia                28/1

Steve Stricker                28/1

Graeme McDowell          28/1

Jason Day                     33/1

Nick Watney                 33/1

K.J. Choi                       33/1

Padraig Harrington         40/1

Phil Mickelson               40/1

Retief Goosen                40/1

Matt Kuchar                  40/1

Charl Schwartzel            40/1

Dustin Johnson              40/1

Justin Rose                   40/1

Angel Cabrera                50/1

Adam Scott                   50/1

Paul Casey                   50/1

Ernie Els                       50/1

Ian Poulter                     50/1

Henrik Stenson              66/1

Ross Fisher                   66/1

Robert Karlsson             66/1

Hunter Mahan                66/1

Matteo Manassero         66/1

Fredrik Jacobson           66/1

Rickie Fowler                 66/1

Peter Hanson                66/1

Francesco Molinari         66/1

Louis Oosthuizen           66/1

Y-E Yang                      66/1

Stewart Cink                  80/1

Jim Furyk                      80/1

Bubba Watson               80/1

Zach Johnson                80/1

Geoff Ogilvy                   80/1

Alvaro Quiros                 80/1

Robert Rock                  100/1

Bo Van Pelt                   100/1

Jeff Overton                   100/1

Robert Allenby               100/1

Martin Laird                   100/1

Edoardo Molinari            100/1

Brandt Snedeker            100/1

Simon Dyson                 100/1

Charles Howell III           100/1

Brian Davis                    125/1

Chad Campbell              125/1

Ryan Moore                   125/1

Aaron Baddeley             125/1

Chad Campbell              125/1

Darren Clarke                150/1

Nicolas Colsaerts           150/1

Ben Curtis                     150/1

Bill Haas                       150/1

Anders Hansen              150/1

Trevor Immelman            150/1

Ryo Ishikawa                 150/1

Paul Lawrie                   150/1

Steve Marino                 150/1

Webb Simpson              150/1

Thomas Aiken               150/1

Davis Love III                  150/1

Jonathan Byrd               150/1

Ben Crane                     150/1

J.B.  Holmes                 150/1

Miguel Jimenez              150/1

Anthony Kim                 150/1

Alexander Noren            150/1

Sean O’Hair                   150/1

Ryan Palmer                 150/1

Camilo Villegas              150/1

Mark Wilson                  175/1

Gary Woodland              175/1

Gregory Bourdy             175/1

George Coetzee             175/1

Rhys Davies                  175/1

Lucas Glover                 175/1

Richard Green               175/1

Pablo Larrazabal            175/1

Spencer Levin                175/1

Tom Lewis                     200/1

Thorbjorn Olesen            200/1

Rory Sabbatini               200/1

Scott Jamieson              200/1

Fredrik A. Hed               200/1

Jason Dufner                 200/1

Gregory Havret               200/1

Charley Hoffman            200/1

Raphael Jacquelin          200/1

KT Kim                         200/1

Joost Luiten                   200/1

Justin Leonard               200/1

Peter Whiteford              200/1

Danny Willett                 200/1

Alejandro Canizares       250/1

Harrison Frazar              250/1

Stephen Gallacher         250/1

Robert Garrigus             250/1

Thongchai Jaidee           250/1

Seung-yul Noh               250/1

Kevin Na                       250/1

Kevin Streelman             250/1

Kyle Stanley                  250/1

Simon Khan                  250/1

Graeme Storm               250/1

Gary Boyd                     300/1

Markus Brier                  300/1

Nathan Green                300/1

Todd Hamilton               300/1

Tetsuji Hiratsuka            300/1

Yuta Ikeda                     300/1

Jerry Kelly                     300/1

Tom Lehman                 300/1

Tom Watson                  300/1

Mark Calcavecchia         300/1

John Daly                      300/1

David Duval                    300/1

Kenneth Ferrie               400/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               400/1

Bernhard Langer            400/1

SM Bae                        400/1

Kurt Barnes                   500/1

Bob Estes                     500/1

Hiroo Kawai                   500/1

Brad Kennedy                500/1

Prayad Marksaeng         500/1

Richard Mcevoy             500/1

Bryden Macpherson       500/1

Francis McGuirk            500/1

Miscellaneous Odds and Ends

Will Rory McIlroy Make the Cut?

Yes      -2500   (1/25)

No        +900    (9/1)

Will Phil Mickelson Make the Cut

Yes      -300    (1/3)

No        +225    (9/4)

Will There Be A Play-Off?

Yes      +250    (5/2)

No        -350    (2/7)

Will There Be a Hole-In-One

Yes      Even

No        -140

What Will Be the Margin of Victory?

Play Off                         5/2

1 Shot Victory               5/2

2 Shots Victory              7/2

3 Shot Victory               9/2

4 Shots or More             10/3

Top Amateur Player

Tom Lewis                     8/15

Peter Uihlein                  3/1

Bryden Macpherson       5/1

Craig Hinton                  8/1

Lucas Bjerregaard          10/1

Top Senior Player

Tom Lehman                 7/5

Mark Calcavecchia         7/2

Bernhard Langer            7/2

Tom Watson                  4/1

Mark O’Meara                7/1

Will Rory McIlroy Get a Hole-In-One?

Yes      66/1

Will Lee Westwood Get a Hole-In-One?

Yes      66/1

Will Martin Kaymer Get a Hole-In-One?

Yes      66/1

Will Luke Donald Get a Hole-In-One?

Yes      66/1

Top Player By Country

Top American Player

Phil Mickelson               7/1

Matt Kuchar                  15/2

Nick Watney                 8/1

Steve Stricker                8/1

Dustin Johnson              10/1

Hunter Mahan                16/1

Bo Van Pelt                   20/1

Rickie Fowler                 20/1

Jeff Overton                   25/1

Bubba Watson               25/1

Brandt Snedeker            25/1

Jim Furyk                      25/1

Stewart Cink                  28/1

Zach Johnson                28/1

Davis Love III                  33/1

Gary Woodland              33/1

Kevin Streelman             33/1

Ryan Moore                   33/1

Webb Simpson              33/1

Ben Curtis                     33/1

Charles Howell III           40/1

Sean O’Hair                   40/1

Steve Marino                 40/1

Anthony Kim                 40/1

Bill Haas                       40/1

J.B.  Holmes                 40/1

Jonathan Byrd               40/1

Lucas Glover                 40/1

Ben Crane                     50/1

Chad Campbell              50/1

Mark Wilson                  50/1

Robert Garrigus             50/1

Ryan Palmer                 50/1

Justin Leonard               50/1

Charley Hoffman            50/1

Spencer Levin                50/1

Jason Dufner                 50/1

Kyle Stanley                  66/1

Harrison Frazar              66/1

Kevin Na                       66/1

Tom Watson                  66/1

David Duval                    80/1

Jason Knutzon               100/1

Jerry Kelly                     100/1

Top Irish Player

Rory McIlroy                  2/5

Graeme McDowell          7/2

Padraig Harrington         4/1

Darren Clarke                16/1

Top Swedish Player

Peter Hanson                11/4

Robert Karlsson             10/3

Henrik Stenson              11/4

Fredrik Jacobson           10/3

Alexander Noren            11/2

Fredrik A. Hed               10/1

Top Scandinavian Player

Peter Hanson                3/1

Henrik Stenson              10/3

Robert Karlsson             7/2

Fredrik Jacobson           7/2

Anders Hansen              9/1

Alexander Noren            10/1

Thorbjorn Olesen            12/1

Fredrik A. Hed               12/1

Top South African Player

Charl Schwartzel            5/2

Retief Goosen                11/4

Ernie Els                       9/2

Louis Oosthuizen           11/2

Thomas Aiken               8/1

Trevor Immelman            10/1

George Coetzee             10/1

Rory Sabbatini               10/1

Martin Maritz                 33/1

Neil Schietekat              50/1

Top Scottish Player

Martin Laird                   9/4

Paul Lawrie                   11/4

Peter Whiteford              7/2

Scott Jamieson              7/2

Stephen Gallacher         4/1

Sandy Lyle                    25/1

Top Englishman

Luke Donald                  13/8

Lee Westwood               3/2

Justin Rose                   10/1

Ian Poulter                     10/1

Paul Casey                   10/1

Ross Fisher                   12/1

Robert Rock                  20/1

Simon Dyson                 28/1

Brian Davis                    33/1

Danny Willett                 33/1

Graeme Storm               40/1

Gary Boyd                     50/1

Tom Lewis                     50/1

Simon Khan                  50/1

Kenneth Ferrie               80/1

Francis McGuirk            100/1

Richard Mcevoy             100/1

Andrew Johnston           125/1

Craig Hinton                  125/1

Simon Lilly                    125/1

Thomas Shadbolt           125/1

Lee Corfield                   125/1

Adam Wootton              125/1

Andy Smith                   125/1

Top Australasian Player

Jason Day                     8/5

Adam Scott                   5/2

Geoff Ogilvy                   6/1

Aaron Baddeley             7/1

Robert Allenby               7/1

Richard Green               10/1

Nathan Green                20/1

Brad Kennedy                33/1

Kurt Barnes                   33/1

Rick Kulacz                   40/1

Bryden MacPherson       50/1

Matthew Millar               50/1

Top Continental European Player

Martin Kaymer               7/2

Sergio Garcia                9/2

Matteo Manassero         8/1

Henrik Stenson              9/1

Fredrik Jacobson           10/1

Peter Hanson                10/1

Robert Karlsson             10/1

Alvaro Quiros                 14/1

Francesco Molinari         18/1

Edoardo Molinari            20/1

Nicolas Colsaerts           20/1

Miguel Jimenez              25/1

Alexander Noren            25/1

Anders Hansen              25/1

Gregory Havret               33/1

Pablo Larrazabal            33/1

Fredrik A. Hed               33/1

Gregory Bourdy             33/1

Joost Luiten                   33/1

Thorbjorn Olesen            33/1

Raphael Jacquelin          40/1

Alejandro Canizares       40/1

Markus Brier                  50/1

Bernhard Langer            66/1

Floris De Vries               100/1

Lucas Bjerregaard          150/1

Top 10 Finishing Odds

Will Rory McIlroy Finish In The Top Ten?

Yes      -175

No        +135

Will Lee Westwood Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      -130

No        EVEN

Will Martin Kaymer Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +200

No        -275

Will Luke Donald Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      -130

No        Even

Will Graeme McDowell Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +230

No        -300

Will Phil Mickelson Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +300

No        -450

Will Matt Kuchar Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +300

No        -450

Will Ian Poulter Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +350

No        -550

Will Justin Rose Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +400

No        -650

Will Sergio Garcia Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +250

No        -350

Will Charl Schwartzel Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +300

No        -450

Will Dustin Johnson Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +350

No        -550

Will Retief Goosen Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +350

No          -550

Will Nick Watney Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +250

No        -350

Will Steve Stricker Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +200

No        -275

Will K-J Choi Finish in the Top Ten?

Yes      +300

No        -450

Will Jason Day Finish In the Top Ten?

Yes      +250

No        -350

TOP 5 FINISH at the 2011 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy                  3/2

Luke Donald                  2/1

Lee Westwood               2/1

Martin Kaymer               9/2

Sergio Garcia                11/2

Steve Stricker                6/1

Graeme McDowell          13/2

Jason Day                     13/2

Nick Watney                 13/2

K.J. Choi                       7/1

Padraig Harrington         8/1

Phil Mickelson               8/1

Retief Goosen                9/1

Matt Kuchar                  9/1

Charl Schwartzel            9/1

Dustin Johnson              9/1

Justin Rose                   10/1

Angel Cabrera                11/1

Adam Scott                   12/1

Paul Casey                   12/1

Ernie Els                       12/1

Ian Poulter                     12/1

Henrik Stenson              12/1

Ross Fisher                   14/1

Robert Karlsson             14/1

Hunter Mahan                14/1

Matteo Manassero         14/1

Fredrik Jacobson           14/1

Rickie Fowler                 14/1

Peter Hanson                14/1

Francesco Molinari         14/1

Louis Oosthuizen           14/1

Y-E Yang                      14/1

Stewart Cink                  16/1

Jim Furyk                      16/1

Zach Johnson                16/1

Geoff Ogilvy                   16/1

Alvaro Quiros                 16/1

Robert Rock                  16/1

Bo Van Pelt                   16/1

Bubba Watson               16/1

Jeff Overton                   18/1

Robert Allenby               20/1

Martin Laird                   20/1

Edoardo Molinari            20/1

Brandt Snedeker            20/1

Simon Dyson                 20/1

Charles Howell III           20/1

Brian Davis                    20/1

Ryan Moore                   20/1

Aaron Baddeley             20/1

Darren Clarke                20/1

Nicolas Colsaerts           20/1

Ben Curtis                     25/1

Bill Haas                       25/1

Anders Hansen              25/1

Trevor Immelman            25/1

Ryo Ishikawa                 25/1

Paul Lawrie                   25/1

Steve Marino                 25/1

Webb Simpson              25/1

Thomas Aiken               28/1

Davis Love III                  28/1

Jonathan Byrd               33/1

Ben Crane                     33/1

J.B.  Holmes                 33/1

Miguel Jimenez              33/1

Anthony Kim                 33/1

Alexander Noren            33/1

Sean O’Hair                   33/1

Ryan Palmer                 33/1

Camilo Villegas              33/1

Mark Wilson                  33/1

Gary Woodland              33/1

Gregory Bourdy             33/1

Chad Campbell              33/1

George Coetzee             33/1

Rhys Davies                  33/1

Lucas Glover                 33/1

Richard Green               33/1

Pablo Larrazabal            33/1

Spencer Levin                33/1

Tom Lewis                     33/1

Thorbjorn Olesen            33/1

Rory Sabbatini               33/1

Scott Jamieson              33/1

Fredrik A. Hed               33/1

Jason Dufner                 40/1

Gregory Havret               40/1

Charley Hoffman            40/1

Raphael Jacquelin          40/1

KT Kim                         40/1

Joost Luiten                   40/1

Justin Leonard               40/1

Peter Whiteford              40/1

Danny Willett                 40/1

Alejandro Canizares       40/1

Harrison Frazar              40/1

Stephen Gallacher         50/1

Robert Garrigus             50/1

Thongchai Jaidee           50/1

Seung-yul Noh               50/1

Kevin Na                       50/1

Kevin Streelman             50/1

Kyle Stanley                  50/1

Simon Khan                  50/1

Graeme Storm               50/1

Gary Boyd                     50/1

Markus Brier                  50/1

Nathan Green                50/1

Todd Hamilton               50/1

Tetsuji Hiratsuka            50/1

Yuta Ikeda                     50/1

Jerry Kelly                     50/1

Tom Lehman                 50/1

Tom Watson                  50/1

Mark Calcavecchia         66/1

John Daly                      66/1

David Duval                    66/1

Kenneth Ferrie               66/1

Hiroyuki Fujita               66/1

Bernhard Langer            66/1

SM Bae                        80/1

Kurt Barnes                   80/1

Bob Estes                     80/1

Hiroo Kawai                   80/1

Brad Kennedy                80/1

Prayad Marksaeng         80/1

Richard Mcevoy             80/1

Bryden Macpherson       80/1

Francis McGuirk            80/1

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)