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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tiger’s power makes him the favorite, but Turnberry may have other ideas

In addition to being the world’s number one player, the main reason why Tiger Woods is a 2/1 favorite to win the British Open is how the course is suited to his game. Although it is his first time playing Turnberry, the course should fit Tiger like a driving glove. In practice rounds TW only needed to bust out the Big Dogs on three holes, meaning he’ll be playing irons off the tee, and as you know if Tiger stays out of the tall stuff he’s impossible to beat. For all of his dominance, he ranks 11th in driving and that’s how he gets into trouble, if you take that out of the equation it could make for long days for rest of the field. Now the great equalizer for this tournament is always the weather which can bring the snowmen out in July, also the craters they’ve created that they call bunkers are worse than hazards because they’re so steep and deep. If you’re gonna’ miss then miss by a lot because if you just short you’ll find yourself on an embankment that is almost vertical, (not in a good way) and by the time you get out you wished you would have hit a hazard. So despite the 50/50 shot the odds makers are giving TW don’t hand him the jug just yet as the course may have something to say about it. View the complete British Open Leaderboard here, also see the odds for each player to win the tournament here.

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