British Open odds 2013: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson only Americans among favorites at Muirfield

Stuart Franklin

The world No. 1 is still a heavy favorite at the Open, despite recent injury issues and a month away from the competitive golf.

Tiger Woods has not won a major championship in over five years and starts the 2013 British Open coming off an elbow injury, and yet the game's biggest star and No. 1 player in the world remains an overwhelming favorite at Muirfield. This is always the case with Woods, and barring a catastrophic stretch of golf, it always will be. He's the biggest public name in the sport, and the oddsmakers, regardless of form or injury, will always tab him with the lowest odds.

Tiger is an 8/1 favorite just two days before the start of The Open Championship, with the next closest competitors double that at 16/1. Woods has stated all week that the elbow injury which led to the blow up at Merion is no longer bothering him, but one wayward drive into the high rough or fescue at Muirfield could cause the elbow to flare up on a punch out. After setting multiple personal worst scoring records at the U.S. Open last month, Tiger arrives at a course that brutalized him that last time he played a major here. Woods shot an infamous 81 in the third round of the 2002 British Open, battling horrendous conditions that pelted the Scottish coast at Gullane.

But despite the majors drought and flame out at the U.S. Open, Woods is still having the best season on Tour, and by a wide margin. His four victories shot him back into No. 1 in the OWGR early in the year, and if not for one bad break ball off the flagstick at No. 15 at Augusta, that major drought may have ended at the Masters. The elbow injury does seem to throw that momentum towards a major win back into doubt, but there's no way anyone else was going to pass him as the favorite.

Behind Tiger with the next lowest odds are the year's first two major winners and last week's winner at the Scottish Open. Justin Rose and Adam Scott have long been two of the best players in the world, elite talents who were still searching for that first major win. Many predict that the breakthroughs this year will lead to multiple other majors, and given their recent success, they're easy favorites. Phil Mickelson, who's notoriously struggled on the links of the Open Championship, clinched his first ever Euro Tour win last week to the north at Castle Stuart. That success on a similar layout has Mickelson citing some newfound confidence on the firm and fast setup at Muirfield, where he's 16/1 with Rose.

After those four top names, there's a spate of Euro and international golfers favored, with only Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson better than 40/1. Here are the full odds for the field just two days before the first ball is struck:

Player Odds
Tiger Woods 8/1
Justin Rose 16/1
Phil Mickelson 16/1
Adam Scott 20/1
Graeme McDowell 22/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Rory McIlroy 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Ernie Els 28/1
Jason Day 28/1
Luke Donald 28/1
Brandt Snedeker 33/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Henrik Stenson 33/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 50/1
Branden Grace 66/1
Hunter Mahan 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Matteo Manassero 66/1
Padraig Harrington 66/1
Thomas Bjorn 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Bill Haas 80/1
Bubba Watson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Jim Furyk 80/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Paul Lawrie 80/1
Richard Sterne 80/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Alexander Noren 100/1
Angel Cabrera 100/1
Billy Horschel 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Bernd Wiesberger 125/1
Bo Van Pelt 125/1
Brooks Koepka 125/1
Chris Wood 125/1
Fredrik Jacobson 125/1
George Coetzee 125/1
Jordan Speith 125/1
K.J. Choi 125/1
Mikko Ilonen 125/1
Ben Curtis 150/1
Carl Pettersson 150/1
David Lynn 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
Graham Delaet 150/1
Harris English 150/1
Jonas Blixt 150/1
Marcel Siem 150/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 150/1
Robert Karlsson 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Stephen Gallacher 150/1
Stewart Cink 150/1
Tim Clark 150/1
Boo Weekley 200/1
Brian Davis 200/1
Camilo Villegas 200/1
Fred Couples 200/1
Hideki Matsuyama 200/1
Jimmy Walker 200/1
John Huh 200/1
John Senden 200/1
Kevin Streelman 200/1
Lucas Glover 200/1
Marc Leishman 200/1
Marc Warren 200/1
Rafael Cabrera -Bello 200/1
Richie Ramsay 200/1
Russell Henley 200/1
Thomas Aiken 200/1
Thongchai Jaidee 200/1
Alvaro Quiros 250/1
Brett Rumford 250/1
Bud Cauley 250/1
Danny Willett 250/1
Darren Clarke 250/1
Kyle Stanley 250/1
Robert Garrigus 250/1
Scott Jamieson 250/1
Scott Piercy 250/1
Brendan Jones 300/1
D-A Points 300/1
Gareth Maybin 300/1
Gregory Bourdy 300/1
Johnson Wagner 300/1
Josh Teater 300/1
Justin Leonard 300/1
Ken Duke 300/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 300/1
Luke Guthrie 300/1
Michael Thompson 300/1
Tom Watson 300/1
Vijay Singh 300/1
Yong-Eun Yang 300/1
Kyung-Tae Kim 350/1
Marcus Fraser 400/1
Tom Lehman 400/1
Ashun Wu 500/1
Daisuke Maruyama 500/1
David Duval 500/1
Eduardo De La Riva 500/1
Estanislao Goya 500/1
Garrick Porteous 500/1
Hiroyuki Fujita 500/1
Hyung-Sung Kim 500/1
Mark Brown 500/1
Mark Calcavecchia 500/1
Niclas Fasth 500/1
Oliver Fisher 500/1
Satoshi Kodaira 500/1
Scott Brown 500/1
Shingo Katayama 500/1
Shiv Kapur 500/1
Steven Tiley 500/1
Thaworn Wiratchant 500/1
Toru Taniguchi 500/1
George Murray 750/1
Justin Harding 750/1
Ben Stow 1000/1
Darryn Llloyd 1000/1
Gareth Wright 1000/1
Grant Forrest 1000/1
Jimmy Mullen 1000/1
John Wade 1000/1
Kenichi Kuboya 1000/1
Makato Inoue 1000/1
Mark O'Meara 1000/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 1000/1
Nick Faldo 1000/1
Oscar Floren 1000/1
Peter Senior 1000/1
Rhys Pugh 1000/1
Richard Mcevoy 1000/1
Sandy Lyle 1000/1
Stephen Dartnall 1000/1
Steven Fox 1000/1
Steven Jeffress 1000/1
Todd Hamilton 1000/1
Tyrell Hatton 1000/1

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