The 2012 British Open begins, Thursday July 19th, and oddsmakers are offering head to head action. Who will finish with the better score, three time Open Champ Tiger Woods or Lee Westwood? PGA oddsmakers have Tiger Woods as -130 moneyline favorite to beat Lee Westwood (EVEN) at the 2012 British Open. Be sure to check the 2012 British Open Odds and make your predictions before golfs third Major begins.
Tiger Woods said he planned an aggressive attack of Royal Lytham & St Annes. England’s extremely wet summer, which will likely include rain, rain and more rain for the rest of the week, had something to do with Woods’ stated strategy.
“The game plan is different,” Woods told reporters Tuesday, ahead of Thursday’s Open Championship start. “I have got to hit a few more drivers and 3-woods than I did [when he won his third and last Open title at Hoylake in 2006].
“But this is different. It’s much wetter and the bunkers are staggered differently here,” said Woods, who earned the scorn of Britain’s tabloids when he complained on Sunday that the rough at Royal Lytham was “almost unplayable” due to the soggy conditions. “There are some forced carries where you have to force it and then stop it or try and skirt it past them. You can’t just lay up or bomb it over the top. There has to be some shape to your shots.”
Lee Westwood will try to end a winless drought in majors that stretched to 57 when he lost a ball in a cypress tree on Sunday and tied for 10th in the U.S. Open. It was his eighth top-10 in his last 13 majors, which includes five finishes of third or better.
Chipping and putting has never been Westwood’s forte, though. Not that the former world No. 1 is particularly worried.
“I think my game suits most places,” said Westwood, who ranks second on TOUR to his first-round playing partner Bubba Watson in greens in regulation. “That’s why I contend most weeks in major championships recently. They’re the ultimate test, that’s why everyone puts them on such a pedestal. And in those ultimate tests, every aspect of your game has got to be strong.
“I’ve contended most weeks and given myself a chance, so I don’t see any reason why this week should be any different.”
The Bottom Line: Tiger is going to play smart and hit low balls to stay out of the wind. When he does this, he wins. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best PGA Picks experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get PGA Picks Free!
2012 British Open
When: Thursday, June 19th@10:00 AM EST
Pick: Tiger Woods -130
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