Open Championship betting: Overnight odds updateJuly, 2014
Fancy a flutter on the Open tonight? We take a look at the state of the odds ahead of round two at Hoylake
Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott have become the clear bookmakers’ favourites to win the 143rd Open Championship after the opening day at Royal Liverpool.
Making the most of an early tee time, McIlroy (-6) carded the best round of the day to lead by a single shot, and odds on him winning the tournament have now tumbled from around 20/1 yesterday afternoon to 5/1 this evening.
Scott played in the harder afternoon conditions but still made four birdies and two eagles on his way to a round of -4. Like McIlroy, Scott is now priced around 5/1 with many expecting him to go well tomorrow with an earlier start.
It seems as though just one round was enough to convince bookmakers that Tiger Woods could mount a serious challenge for the Open after his opening round of 69. We said yesterday that a pre-tournament price of around 25/1 could either represent fantastic value or a total waste of money. However, after today, Woods can be picked up at 10/1, so anyone who backed him yesterday has every reason to be pleased.
If you are looking for a bet away from the outright favourites, then there are some good prices available on players who had excellent opening days. Second-placed Matteo Manassero (-5) is priced at around 33/1, with fellow Italian Francesco Molinari (-4) available at 40/1. Do spare a thought for Francesco’s brother Eduardo though, who battled to card the same score as his sibling but is still priced out at around 80/1.
If I were looking to back someone at this stage and still get some value from my bet, I’d be looking at the likes of Jimmy Walker (40/1) and Rickie Fowler (28/1) Also priced between 20/1 and 30/1 are Rickie Fowler (-3), Jim Furyk (-4) and Justin Rose (Even). Sergio Garcia (-4) is available at around 14/1 following his excellent opening 68.
But what of those players who have drifted out of contention according to the bookmakers? Ernie Els had a horrible start to his championship and following his disastrous 79 can be picked up at 1000/1. He was priced as low as 50/1 before the tournament began.
The likes of Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez are at the 200/1+ mark along with Padraig Harrington, Victor Dubuisson and Webb Simpson.
If I were looking to back someone at this stage and still get some value from my bet, I’d be looking at the likes of Jimmy Walker (40/1) and Rickie Fowler (28/1). However, the stand-out bet for me tonight would be Lee Westwood. He has an early tee time tomorrow, carded a 1-under round of 71 today and can be picked up at around 50/1 at the moment.