Adam Scott has the worst memories anyone could ever have about the British Open. Last year he led the tournament by four strokes with four holes left to play. Then, it what became one of the grandest collapses in major championship history, and absolute horror for those BetAnySports
customers who backed him, he proceeded to bogey each of those last holes, opening things up for Ernie Els to come in through the backdoor.
This year Scott has done more than re-establish his credibility. He captured the major the had eluded him when he won the Masters this past April. And that put him in the frame of mind where he could go back to Britain and get further redemption.
It is certainly within reach for him.
Conditions were awful at Muirfield on Friday. That’s not because there was so much wind and rain, but because it was so sunny and dry that the course was rock hard and the greens were slick. Together with the pin placement, it made things a holy hell for most of the competitors involved.
Scott, however, has managed to stay in the hunt. He shot 72, which, with his 71 on Thursday, put him within three shots of Miguel Angel Jiminez’s lead. Of course, there is a crowd near the top at Muirfield, as no less than nineteen players were entering Saturday’s round within four strokes of Jiminez. One of those was Tiger Woods, who is the favorite to win the British Open in the golf betting odds at BetAnySports, at +270.
Woods will obviously be a tough nut to crack; he is hungry to win his first major title since 2008, and he is a stroke behind Jiminez (priced at +1525 in British Open golf odds) There were only four players who shot in the 60s on Friday; Lee Westwood, who is trying to nail down his first major title, was one of them, and he is right there with Woods at a stroke back. The others were Charl Schwartzel, former Open champ Paul Lawrie and Kyle Stanley, who nonetheless missed the cut because he shot an opening round of 82.
Last year, Scott (who is +2000 right now to win at BetAnySports
) started out like a house afire, shooting 64 in the first round to tie a course record for Royal Lytham & St. Annes. After being surpassed by Brandt Snedeker, who surged to a four-stroke lead at the start of Sunday’s fourth round, and held that lead until the final stretch of holes, when he fell apart and handed things over to a surprised Els. But Scott was not going to hang on to the label of “choker” for very long; his birdie on the 72nd hole at Augusta this year was a classic, and even though he was tied by Angel Cabrera to force a playoff, he sank another clutch birdie to win it.
So he would appear to be well-equipped for those pressure moments this time around, if he should get into that position.
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