The 2014 Open Championship Odds at Royal Liverpool

One of golf’s most prestigious events begins very early on Thursday morning as the world’s best tee off for the 12th time at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England for the 143th Open Championship. The Open Championship is arguably the most challenging major to win and the list of recent champions embodies that notion. Phil Mickelson will try to become the first back-to-back champion of the British since Padraig Harrington won two straight in 2007 and 2008, which broke Tiger Woods’s string of back-to-back Open Championships in 2005 and 2006. Ernie Els won in 2012 and Tour veterans Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, and Stewart Cink won in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively.

This year’s field features a lot of intrigue in the futures market, especially with the return of Tiger Woods. Woods is in search of his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open and his first win since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It would certainly help ratings for Tiger to be near the top, and he does check in at 18/1, not far behind Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, the “co-favorites” at 14/1. The last time on this course, Woods was a winner in the 2006 Open Championship. Woods will be in search of his 15th major championship.


The 2014 Open Championship Odds at Royal Liverpool
Here are the top five contenders for the 2014 Open Championship courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Justin Rose – 14/1

Rory McIlroy – 14/1

Adam Scott – 16/1

Henrik Stenson – 16/1

Tiger Woods – 18/1

Weather, as always, could be a deciding factor at the Open Championship, with a rather calm Thursday giving way to a windy Friday and a rainy Saturday. Justin Rose enters the Open Championship with six top ten finishes in 13 events and two top-15 finishes in the year’s majors so far. Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy has made the cut in all 10 events that he has played and has six top-ten finishes on this year’s results. Adam Scott, still haunted by his four-shot collapse in 2012, will be vying for his second major title and first as the number one ranked player in the world. Henrik Stenson comes into the Open Championship as the number two ranked golfer in the world, but has yet to win on tour this season. He was the runner-up in last season’s Open.

Winning this year’s Claret Jug may be more difficult than usual at Royal Liverpool, as the course will play 54 yards longer than the 2006 Open Championship at this same course and accuracy around the green will be essential with added hazards. Players are concerned about the softer conditions on the soft, which will alter their thought process off the tee. When Tiger Woods won back in 2006, he hit a driver one time, opting for long irons because of the good fairway rolls and need for accuracy. Players believe that they need to be more aggressive this time around, which means the more accurate players with the driver and fairway woods could have more success.

With that in mind, there are a few players that rate well in driving accuracy and greens in regulation percentage that have some decent odds to be winners. Zach Johnson (50/1) has some intrigue, with the sixth-best driving accuracy percentage and he ranks 21st in greens in regulation percentage. It hasn’t translated into results, but he did shoot 21-under at the John Deere last week, so he enters this tournament with a little bit of momentum. There could be some value on Matt Kuchar (40/1) this week because those odds are much higher than the ones bettors usually see with Kuchar. Kuchar is still looking for that elusive first major championship and he has played well at the two majors so far this year, with a fifth-place result at the Masters and a tie for 12th at the U.S. Open. Kuchar has nine top-ten finishes in 17 events this season.

A couple more players to look at are Jim Furyk (66/1) and Webb Simpson (80/1). Furyk has been choosy with his events this season, but he has made the cut in all 13 events and has five top-ten finishes in that span. He had top-15 finishes in the Masters and U.S. Open. Furyk has not won a major championship since the 2003 U.S. Open, but he did finish second in the PGA Championship last season. He’s a savvy player with good accuracy off the tee and he leads all players in scrambling, which is saving par or better after missing a green in regulation. That’s a big deal at an event like the Open. Simpson, who won the U.S. Open back in 2011, finished third in Greenbrier Classic earlier this month and he’s been one of the better putters on tour this season. Saving strokes on the green will increase the margin for error and that’s going to be beneficial.

Check out Bovada.lv for a list of all of the odds to win as well as prop bets, head-to-head matchups, and much, much more.

The Open Championship 2014 Odds – Outright Winner
Justin Rose 14/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Henrik Stenson 16/1
Tiger Woods 18/1
Martin Kaymer 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Graeme McDowell 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Jordan Spieth 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Lee Westwood 40/1
Luke Donald 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Angel Cabrera 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Hideki Matsuyama 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Thomas Bjørn 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 66/1
Ernie Els 66/1
Jamie Donaldson 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Jim Furyk 66/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 80/1
Mikko Ilonen 80/1
Robert Karlsson 80/1
Stephen Gallacher 80/1
Webb Simpson 80/1
Jimmy Walker 80/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Brendon Todd 100/1
Graham De Laet 100/1
Harris English 100/1
Jonas Blixt 100/1
Joost Luiten 100/1
Kevin Na 100/1
Matteo Manassero 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Patrick Reed 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Victor Dubuisson 100/1
Billy Horschel 125/1
Branden Grace 125/1
Chris Wood 125/1
Danny Willett 125/1
Gary Woodland 125/1
Pablo Larrazabal 125/1
Padraig Harrington 125/1
Ross Fisher 125/1
Ryan Moore 125/1
Thongchai Jaidee 125/1
Bernd Wiesberger 150/1
Brooks Koepka 150/1
Charley Hoffman 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Edoardo Molinari 150/1
Fredrik Jacobson 150/1
Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño 150/1
John Senden 150/1
KJ Choi 150/1
Marc Leishman 150/1
Marc Warren 150/1
Michael Hoey 150/1
Paul Lawrie 150/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello 150/1
Richard Sterne 150/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1
Brendon De Jonge 200/1
Darren Clarke 200/1
George Coetzee 200/1
Gregory Bourdy 200/1
J B Holmes 200/1
Kevin Stadler 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Russell Henley 200/1
Ryan Palmer 200/1
Ryo Ishikawa 200/1
Stewart Cink 200/1
Tommy Fleetwood 200/1
Ben Curtis 250/1
Ben Martin 250/1
Boo Weekley 250/1
Brendan Steele 250/1
Chris Stroud 250/1
Erik Compton 250/1
Justin Leonard 250/1
Matt Every 250/1
Matt Jones 250/1
Matthew Baldwin 250/1
Oliver Fisher 250/1
Peter Uihlein 250/1
Yong Eun Yang 250/1
Cameron Tringale 300/1
Chesson Hadley 300/1
David Howell 300/1
George McNeil 300/1
Roberto Castro 300/1
Scott Stallings 300/1
Shawn Stefani 300/1
Anirban Lahiri 400/1
Brett Rumford 400/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 400/1
Billy Hurley III 500/1
Bradley Neil 500/1
Byeong-Hun An 500/1
D.A. Points 500/1
Hyung-Sung Kim 500/1
Justin Walters 500/1
Tom Watson 500/1
Victor Riu 500/1
Jin Jeong 500/1
Ashun Wu 750/1
Chris Hanson 750/1
David Duval 750/1
Dawie Van Der Walt 750/1
Juvic Pagunsan 750/1
Mark Calcavecchia 750/1
Oscar Floren 750/1
John Daly 750/1
Nick Faldo 1000/1
Sandy Lyle 1000/1

Adam Burke

Adam Burke

Adam Burke is a freelance writer and amateur handicapper with a knack for finding value through matchup analysis and a deep understanding of the sports betting market. His main area of expertise is baseball, with a background in sabermetrics and advanced statistics. He is the host of The Gridiron Gambling Report and our college football and college basketball BangTheBook.com podcasts on the BlogTalkRadio Network.