Round 2 British Open best bets: Our top futures wagers


Operation "No Sleep" kicked off at 10:35 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday night when Paul Lawrie, Min Woo Lee, and Webb Simpson hit the first tee for Round 1 of the 150th British Open. Picked by many as a sneaky, sharp play, Webb Simpson had it to 3-under par on a couple of occasions before settling for a 1-under par 71 at the conclusion of his first round.

A couple of whiskeys, hours, and one short nap later, I watched tournament favorite Rory McIlroy begin his quest for a second career Claret Jug. After firing a brilliant opening-round 66, Rory remains the betting favorite, two shots behind first-round leader Cameron Young. McIlroy closed at around + 900 or 10-1 pre-tournament. He is now down to as low as 3-1 and as high as + 360 to win this week at St. Andrews.

So much of the hype prior to this historic edition of The Open Championship was centered around Tiger Woods. While I did place a small "funny-money" wager on him to win, I felt a bet on the big cat "To Make the Cut" was the best bet one could make involving the three-time British Open champ. That bet looks to be in jeopardy as Tiger began his first round on Thursday with a double-bogey at the first hole. He proceeded to shoot 5-over par on the outward nine. The inward nine wasn't much cleaner but did feature a pair of birdies. Woods finished with a 6-over par 78 and is tied for 146th place out of 156 golfers after Round 1. I've seen Tiger adjusted to anywhere from 2000-1 to 5000-1 now to win the championship.

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