PGA oddsmakers are offering head to head action during the 2012 British Open, which begins tonight, Thursday July 19th, from Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Neither has won an Open Championship, but they’ve come close. Oddsmakers have Phil Mickelson as -110 moneyline favorite to beat Sergio Garcia (-120) at the 2012 British Open. Be sure to check the 2012 British Open Odds and make your predictions before golfs third Major begins.
Sergio Garcia earlier this year said “I’m not good enough” to win a major. Well, I’m here to say he’s wrong. He’s placed in the top 10 seven times in the past 11 British Opens. He’s too good of a ball-striker to not finish in the Top 10.
In October 2011, García ended a three year title drought with back-to-back wins in his home country at the Castelló Masters and the Andalucía Masters. Following his back-to-back wins, García moved back into the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Phil Mickelson has never won the Open Championship, but he was close in 2011. He finished tied for second in the tournament—his best performance there of his storied career. Prior to last year’s British Open, Mickelson had recorded just one top-10 finish in his past 17 tournaments there. It was his worst major by far, but now it arguably provides him with his best shot to win one.
Mickelson’s swing coach Bill Harmon talked about the veteran’s improved patience over the years to play it safe in the harsh British Open conditions. “He’s finally getting the whole bad-weather thing. He likes to bomb the ball, take risks and, until the last couple years, he was stubborn about changing. But the second last year at (Royal) St. George’s reinforced some of the work we’d been doing and now, the worse the conditions, the more conservative his game gets. If Phil is going to win one of these, it will be because he’s playing them a lot differently from the way he used to”.
The Bottom Line: Phil has been rocky during the last couple majors, but he played last week at the Scottish Open and had the lead going into the final round. He is feeling the greens and is poised to beat Sergio. 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: Phil Mickelson -110
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