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2014 Open Championship (British Open) Odds

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As the players head to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, it’s hard not to start getting that feeling. The Open Championship always has a different feel to it than a normal PGA Tour tournament, or even another major. Maybe because it’s played on a different continent? That could have something to do with it.

Or maybe it’s because the stakes are higher this week than any other week in golf. Winning the Claret Jug puts a golfer in a different category, on a higher pedestal, into a place among golf’s greatest champions.

So what does a golf fan do when the stakes are high? That’s easy, we gamble on it. Whether you’re playing fantasy or looking to make some money (since gambling is legal in Europe) check out the odds below from various sports betting sites.

Click here to participate in the 2014 GolfWRX The Open Fantasy Golf Contest!

A few notes:

  • Tiger Woods is not the odds-on favorite this week. When does that ever happen? Especially in a major, especially at this major. He won The Open here in 2006 in the most tactical performance in recent memory. Maybe that shows where the state of his game is.
  • Justin Rose is the favorite, but after winning his last two starts (Quicken Loans National, Scottish Open) you have to wonder if he can win three weeks in a row. Although his golf game is obviously hot, it’s tough to sustain a winning streak in the sport of golf.
  • Aside from a T3 in 2010, Rory McIlroy has been nonexistent in the Open Championship, quite literally last year after missing the cut. So far in the 2014 majors, he finished T8 at the Masters, but T23 at the U.S. Open. Proceed with caution. Even if he gets off to a hot start, it seems he’s had a bad case of the Fridays this year.
  • Jason Day at 33/1 is interesting. If you can get him that low, that’s a tough bet to pass up.

Open Championship odds via Bovada Sports Book

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
Jimmy Walker 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
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
Brian Harman 175/1
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
Jin Jeong 500/1
Justin Walters 500/1
Tom Watson 500/1
Victor Riu 500/1
Ashun Wu 750/1
Chris Hanson 750/1
David Duval 750/1
Dawie Van Der Walt 750/1
John Daly 750/1
Juvic Pagunsan 750/1
Mark Calcavecchia 750/1
Oscar Floren 750/1
Nick Faldo 1000/1
Sandy Lyle 1000/1

Open Championship odds via Golf Odds

Rory McIlroy 12/1
Adam Scott 12/1
Tiger Woods 15/1
Martin Kaymer 20/1
Henrik Stenson 15/1
Phil Mickelson 25/1
Jason Day 25/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Jordan Spieth 30/1
Sergio Garcia 20/1
Lee Westwood 40/1
Matt Kuchar 30/1
Dustin Johnson 30/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Rickie Fowler 30/1
Brandt Snedeker 60/1
Graeme McDowell 25/1
Luke Donald 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Jason Dufner 60/1
Charl Schwartzel 60/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Hideki Matsuyama 60/1
Ernie Els 60/1
Zach Johnson 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Thomas Bjorn 50/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Jimmy Walker 80/1
Webb Simpson 80/1
Steve Stricker WD
Francesco Molinari 60/1
Victor Dubuisson 80/1
Jamie Donaldson 80/1
Graham DeLaet 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 80/1
Padraig Harrington 150/1
Jonas Blixt 125/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Gary Woodland 125/1
Harris English 100/1
Ryan Moore 100/1
John Senden 150/1
Patrick Reed 125/1
Matteo Manassero 100/1
Angel Cabrera 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts XX
Brooks Koepka 200/1
Brendon de Jonge 200/1
Martin Laird XX
Stephen Gallacher 80/1
Joost Luiten 125/1
Ross Fisher 200/1
Thorborjn Olesen 150/1
Freddie Jacobson 150/1
Peter Hanson XX
Billy Horschel 125/1
Kevin Na 150/1
Chris Kirk 200/1
Branden Grace 200/1
George Coetzee 250/1
Nick Watney 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 200/1
Marc Leishman 150/1
Matt Jones 250/1
Chris Wood 125/1
Peter Uihlein 500/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Mikko Ilonen 80/1
Richard Sterne 400/1
K.J. Choi 150/1
Retief Goosen XX
Paul Lawrie 250/1
Geoff Ogilvy XX
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 250/1
Russell Henley 300/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Thongchai Jaidee 125/1
Tommy Fleetwood 250/1
Ryan Palmer 200/1
Matt Every 250/1
Kevin Streelman 250/1
Darren Clarke 300/1
Gregory Bourdy 300/1
Boo Weekley 300/1
Brett Rumford 500/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 500/1
Justin Leonard 500/1
Roberto Castro 500/1
D.A. Points 500/1
Ben Curtis 300/1
David Duval 1000/1
John Daly 1000/1
Y.E. Yang 500/1
Jin Jeong 1000/1
Tom Lehman WD
Tom Watson 500/1
Field (all others) 15/1

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Kuchar defends caddie payment: “For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week” (Update: Kuchar to pay $50K)

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UPDATE: 2/15, 5:10 p.m. 

Following his opening round at the Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Classic, Matt Kuchar announced he has reversed course and will pay fill-in caddie David Ortiz $50,000 for his services during last year’s Mayakoba Classic.

Kuchar issued that statement below, via PGATour.com.

“This week, I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse. They made it seem like I was marginalizing David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and cringed. That is not who I am and not what I want to represent. My entire Tour career, I have tried to show respect and positivity. In this situation, I have not lived up to those values or to the expectations I’ve set for myself. I let myself, my family, my partners and those close to me down, but I also let David down. I plan to call David tonight, something that is long overdue, to apologize for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested.

“I never wanted to bring any negativity to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. I feel it is my duty to represent the tournament well, so I am making a donation back to the event, to be distributed to the many philanthropic causes working to positively impact the communities of Playa del Carmen and Cancún.

“For my fans, as well as fans of the game, I want to apologize to you for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport. Golf is a game where we call penalties on ourselves. I should have done that long ago and not let this situation escalate.”

End update. 

Earlier this week, Matt Kuchar’s stand-in caddie for last year’s Mayakoba Classic spoke about how he felt he was “taken advantage of” after receiving a payment of $5,000 following Kuchar’s win in Mexico, which carried with it a $1,296,000 winners prize. On Wednesday, Kuchar vehemently defended what he sees as a fair and just payment to David Ortiz.

In an interview with Golf.com, Kuchar claimed that he was up front and honest about the arrangement prior to the event, and Ortiz had accepted the terms, which reportedly were $1,000 if Kuchar missed the cut, $2,000 if he made the cut, $3,000 if he had a top-20 and $4,000 if he had a top-10. The reason for Ortiz’ dissatisfaction with the payment post-event? That’s something Kuchar put down to outside influences.

“I kind of think someone got in his ear. I was very clear and very upfront on Tuesday (of the event). And he said, ‘OK.’ He had the ability, with bonuses, to make up to $4,000.

The extra $1,000 was, ‘Thank you — it was a great week.’ Those were the terms. He was in agreement with those terms. That’s where I struggle. I don’t know what happened. Someone must have said, ‘You need much more.’”

Ortiz previously stated in an interview with Golf.com how he had been offered an additional $15,000 but had refused the offer believing it to be substantially short of his $50,000 evaluation.

On Wednesday evening, Kuchar confirmed Ortiz’ story, saying “that was the agency”, and when questioned who would have paid the additional sum had Ortiz accepted, he stated, “It’s not coming out of Steinberg’s pocket.” Referring to his agent Mark Steinberg.

Kuchar will return to Mexico next week for the WGC-Mexico Championship for the first time since his victory in Mayakoba, and for the 40-year-old, the pay dispute is now over. Further explaining why he feels his payment to Ortiz for that week in Mayakoba had been fair, Kuchar stated

“For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week.”

 

 

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Pro cards a 17 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic, but delivers a valuable message after doing so

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Kevin Na’s infamous 16 at the Valero Texas Open back in 2011 will most likely follow him around for the rest of his career, but over on the Web.com Tour Ben DeArmond eclipsed that number, taking a 17 on his second hole of the day at the LECOM Suncoast Classic.

DeArmond, a club pro at TPC at Treviso Bay, opened the day with a bogey, before stepping on the tee at number two where it all went monumentally wrong. The tee shot on the par-4 second hole is a tester at Lakewood Ranch, with water down the right and OOB down the left. DeArmond hit his first tee shot out of play and then proceeded to do the same with his next five attempts too.

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DeArmond finally got the ball in-play on his seventh attempt and ended up carding a brutal 17 on the hole.

Speaking after the round, DeArmond who is playing this week on a sponsors exemption said

“I couldn’t get (the ball) up in the air even with a 5-iron, so I’m not used to that, just went a little numb. I’ve never made a 17 in my life, not even when I started playing golf,” he said. “After that it was fine, just had to feel my arms a little bit. … It was just nerves. I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole.”

The Floridian carded an opening nine of 54 which would have broken many players spirit, but to DeArmond’s credit, he not only finished the round but steadied the ship on his back nine with a homeward 37 to finish 19-over par.

While nobody could have blamed him if he packed it in after that torturous hole, walking away was never an option for DeArmond, who gave this great piece of advice to all golfers after his round.

“If you learn anything from me today, it’s don’t withdraw, don’t give up, have fun with it. It’s a game, everybody has a bad day.”

DeArmond starts his second round today at 2.06pm ET. Looking on the bright side; he’s just one place back of multiple major champ Angel Cabrera.

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Morning 9: Rainy Riv (Spieth co-leads) | USGA makes a mockery of amateur status? | 17 on a par 4

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)
  • February 15, 2019
Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Spieth co-leads suspended round 1 at rainy Riviera
Evin Priest of the AAP…”Jordan Spieth chipping in for birdie to take a share of the Genesis Open lead was the highlight of a rain-soaked and incomplete first round in Los Angeles.”
  • “After significant delays due to heavy rain on Thursday, no golfer in the 144-player field was able to complete the first round before US PGA Tour officials called play for the day just after 5.30pm due to darkness.”
  • “…he was joined moments later by South Korea’s Sung Kang.”

Full piece.

 

2. Mav leads Suncoast (MIKE WEIR 2 strokes back)
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”He chunk-pulled a 3-wood into the water and then flew the green with a wedge to bogey the par-5 16th hole Thursday at Lakewood National in Bradenton, Fla.”
  • “The mistake dropped McNealy back to even par through seven holes. But he remained positive.”
  • “A hole later, he told his caddie, Travis McAllister: “This golf course feels so gettable right now. I feel like I could birdie every hole.”
  • “McNealy just about did. He birdied eight of his last 10 holes and posted a second-nine 29 to shoot 8-under 64 and grab the clubhouse lead at the Web.com Tour’s Lecom Suncoast Classic before play was suspended because of darkness.”
3. 17
A club pro, teeing it up in the Suncoast Classic took no fewer than 17 strokes to get the ball in the hole at a par 4.
  • FTW’s Andrew Joseph…”The hole in itself seemed incredibly difficult: A 491-yard par 4 with water and woods on opposite sides.”
  • “It was a struggle as DeArmond hit six shots out of play. “
  • “At least he only needed one putt from the green. You have to look at the bright side.”
  • “I’ve learned nerves are a real thing,” DeArmond said. “I had a great range session, felt good going in, and it was just an out-of-body experience on that hole.”
4. A blow to amateur golf?
Geoff Shackelford penned a quality look at/scathing take on the USGA’s handling of the Lucy Li situation.
A few highlights…
  • “The message from Lucy Li’s case is clear. Take free stuff. Use your skill as a golfer to be a billboard. Just be famous and likable enough and the governing bodies of golf won’t revoke your status.”
  • “In a sad statement about the weakened state of amateur golf, Lucy Li gets to retain her status despite starring in an Apple Watch ad while wearing scripted Nike apparel. Following a six-week investigation, the USGA determined that Li unknowingly violated amateur status rules after an elaborately produced piece was filmed following a call from “a casting agent for an acting assignment to promote Apple Watch.”
  • And this…”The USGA said in a statement that Romo is in the clear because “everyone knows him first as a professional football player and his fame and fortune is not derived from golf.” But he is adding to his fortune on the back of his likeness as a golfer who competes in U.S. Open qualifying as an excellent amateur.”
Shackelford went on to say the the meaning of “amateur status” has been undermined.
5. Boo’s back
Boo Weekley is teeing it up at this week’s Lecom Suncoast Classic on the Web.com Tour.
  • Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…”The 45-year-old golfer hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since missing the cut at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. He had surgery on his right elbow later that summer, after a bout with severe tendinitis, and the recovery kept him from hitting a golf ball for almost a year. When he finally was cleared to return to golf, his right shoulder started giving him trouble. The diagnosis?”
  • “I had cancer,” said Weekley, who went under the knife last July to remove the carcinoma and a cyst that had filled with fluid.
  • “The second operation kept him sidelined until late November…”

Full piece.

6. Actions speak louder?
Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch says Sergio’s entire body of bad behavior trumps any apology tour.
  • “Twenty years ago at Wentworth in England, Garcia reacted to a lousy shot by ripping off his shoe and flinging it into the gallery. After missing a putt at Doral in 2007, he retrieved his ball then spit into the cup, a snotty gesture of contempt toward the competitors unfortunate enough to be playing behind him.”
  • “Those are but two snowflakes in a blizzard of boorish behavior.”
  • “There’s a club tossed into a lake, fans flipped off, microphones obliterated, his whirling dervish slashing in the bunker the day before his DQ in Saudi -all set to a whiny soundtrack that blames poor results on everyone from Tiger Woods to Carnoustie’s bunker rakers.”

Full piece.

 

7. Meanwhile, in Perth…
European Tour report…“Panuphol Pittayarat fired an impressive round of 66 to set the clubhouse target early on day two of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.”
  • “The innovative event is making its third appearance in the Race to Dubai, with three rounds of stroke play cutting the field before the top 24 players go head-to-head in six hole knockout match play on Sunday to decide a winner.”
At this writing, Thomas Pieters, Ryan Fox, and Matthew Griffing are tied at the top as well.

Full piece.

 

8. On Spec
Wanted to alert y’all to our Ryan Barath’s club building and fitting podcast, On Spec. Whether you’re an experienced enthusiast or a mere dabbler, you’ll enjoy the pod.
9. Tiger 17 Gloves
Indicating what we might expect going forward from the partnership, in exclusive video content for GolfTV Tiger Woods talked with Henni Zuel about his approach to playing in the rain.
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