Risking a Few Pounds on the Open Championship is Quite the Golfing Pleasure
I would really like for there to be peace in the world, if it be your will. Really. But what I would like to happen as soon as possible after that is for gambling on golf to be allowed where I live, just like they do in the UK. Amen.
One of the best things going is to have a little cheese wagered on a golfer – preferably a 10 to 1 payoff or better - who is in contention on the final day of a Major Tournament. I’ve made a few wagers through legal avenues, including gambling establishments like Ladbrokes and Las Vegas Sportsbooks. And I’ve indulged myself a few times in other gambling arenas that were somewhat clandestine, like a calcutta. But regardless of the modus gamblus, armchair golf is never as good as when you have a potential payout if your hunch turns out to be correct.
In the UK, I prefer to take the reduced odds and gain the opportunity of a winner if my pick comes in the top 4 spots, as opposed to taking the full odds and my pick having to win outright for me to get a payout. So if happen to be in the UK and have a few spare pounds to risk, here are the odds you can expect to be offered on most of the favorites & a few notables:
Tiger Woods 5/1
Phil Mickelson 11/1
Vijay Singh 15/1
Ernie Els 16/1
Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen 20/1
Luke Donald 25/1
Jim Furyk 30/1
Colin Montgomerie 33/1
Darren Clarke 35/1
Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Trevor Immelman 40/1
Stuart Appleby, Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy, Thomas Bjorn 45/1
Mike Weir 80/1
Davis Love III 90/1
Fred Couples 175/1
John Daly 200/1
David Duval 250/1
Bernhard Langer 275/1
Nick Faldo 400/1
Personally, I like the odds for Els & Harrington best. Good luck.
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Enough soap box for now. Anybody else want to make a mythical wager on the Open here?
but the wagers on OUR football in
Britain was one of the highlites
of our trip a couple of years ago....
I'll take Immelman for 10 pounds
No clue what Ian Poulter's odds are, but he's near the top of the Tour in overall driving. Might be a good longshot.
I don't think Faldo is terribly worried about the virtually guaranteed spanking that Tiger will give him for 2 days. He expects that. I think he's probably more concerned about not embarassing himself with poor play.
Immelman withdrew & Poulter started very nicely but crumbled on the back nine.