British Open 2013 odds: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson the favorites at Muirfield

Stuart Franklin

The two most decorated American golfers of this generation are the heavy favorites as the 2013 Open Championship begins in Scotland.

The players are now out on the course at Muirfield, but the American duo of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson remain the two favorites at 2013 British Open. Tiger is always the favorite in any tournament he enters, with oddsmakers drawing on his public name recognition and past success. But his success other the past 12 months, including four wins this season, makes him an overwhelming favorite probably for the rest of the year. Even with the recent elbow troubles, he starts the week as the 8/1 favorite.

Phil Mickelson moved up to hold solo possession of the second-lowest odds at 10/1, building off his Scottish Open title last week on a comparable links layout. Mickelson has historically struggled in Europe and at the British Open, trying to keep his high ball down and out of the wind. But he's repeatedly stated all week how comfortable he feels at Muirfield, and now on links courses in general so it's unsurprising to see him with odds close to Tiger's.

The biggest early mover for the oddsmakers is early leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, who went out with a blistering 31 to start his week. The 49-year-old Spaniard was 150/1 just a couple days ago, but after a 5-under front nine and two shot lead, he's now 28/1 and alongside all the biggest contemporary names in the game.

Here are the full odds as of early Thursday morning, via Bovada:

Player Odds
Tiger Woods 8/1
Phil Mickelson 10/1
Adam Scott 20/1
Graeme McDowell 20/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Rory McIlroy 22/1
Lee Westwood 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Brandt Snedeker 28/1
Ernie Els 28/1
Jason Day 28/1
Luke Donald 28/1
Martin Kaymer 28/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 28/1
Charl Schwartzel 33/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Henrik Stenson 33/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Mikko Ilonen 50/1
Bill Haas 66/1
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
Bernd Wiesberger 80/1
Billy Horschel 80/1
Bubba Watson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Jim Furyk 80/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Martin Laird 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
Graham Delaet 100/1
Jamie Donaldson 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Oliver Fisher 100/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Stewart Cink 100/1
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
Rafael Cabrera -Bello 125/1
Ben Curtis 150/1
Carl Pettersson 150/1
David Lynn 150/1
Geoff Ogilvy 150/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 150/1
Harris English 150/1
Jonas Blixt 150/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 150/1
Marcel Siem 150/1
Robert Karlsson 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Stephen Gallacher 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
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
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
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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