Tiger Woods is the favourite to emerge triumphant at Muirfield this Sunday despite going in to the tournament with a slight elbow injury.
Ireland’s leading independent bookmaker, Boylesports, are currently offering odds of 10/1 for the current world no. 1 to fend off the challenges of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Adam Scott even though he hasn’t won an Open Championship in seven years.
Of course, the injury that he aggravated at the US Open a few weeks back could cause Woods a few problems, especially considering the tremendous strength of the field that he will have to contend with. Bearing in mind that Phil Mickelson, who won the Scottish Open last week, could well prosper greatly with his short game on this course, he will certainly be in the mix throughout as well.
Of course, Mickelson, who is 18/1 with Boylesports to win the tournament outright, has never won at the British Open before, his best ever finish coming two years ago when he was tied for second place and so Woods will certainly be hoping that his luck doesn’t change any time soon.
Granted, the great British hope, Justin Rose is also in with a great chance to win on home soil especially with the national pride in sport blossoming over the past few weeks.
No doubt, the furore and fanfare that’s been drummed up by the success of the Lions, Andy Murray and the Cricket team will reach a soaring crescendo should Rose win, although it’s certainly not going to be easy.
Provided the 37 year-old can put the recent mini-controversy about practicing before 7 a.m behind him and do all he can to alleviate his slight injury, there’s no reason that an on-form Woods can’t claim the estimated £5.25 million that awaits the winner.