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British Open 2012 Odds: Tiger Woods Favorite To Win 4th Open Championship Title

The 2012 British Open begins early Thursday morning, and Tiger Woods is the early favorite to win the tournament. Odds on a Tiger victory are currently 8/1, according to Vegas Insider. Woods is a three time winner of the Open Championship, winning in 2000, 2005 and 2006. He hasn't won a major since 2008, but his recent form has some thinking that this year is his year.

Odds are not being offered for Minnesota's representative in the field University of Minnesota graduate Tom Lehman won the 1996 British Open but isn't expected to make a run for the title this year.

More odds for notable names:

  • Rory McIlroy 10/1
  • Lee Westwood 12/1
  • Luke Donald 15/1
  • Padraig Harrington 20/1
  • Phil Mickelson 25/1
  • Justin Rose 25/1
  • Sergio Garcia 30/1
  • Martin Kaymer 30/1
  • Rickie Fowler 30/1
  • Graeme McDowell 30/1
  • Francesco Molinari 30/1

There's been some press over "unplayable" conditions at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, so when the action starts on Thursday it could be anyone at the top of the leaderboard.

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