The 142nd Open Championship tees off at Muirfield Thursday. While Tiger Woods is the outright fave to win his fourth Claret Jug, sportsbooks are starting to release odds on various prop bets to spice up your betting for the third major of the PGA calendar.
Here is a small sampling of some of the props on the menu.
Below are prop bets courtesy of William Hill.
Margin of victory
1 shot +250
2 shots +350
2 shots +450
4 shots or more +333
The margin of victory in the 2012 Open was one stroke. The last time the Open was held at Muirfield (2002), it had to be decided by a four-man playoff as Ernie Els, Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington all finished at -6.
Playoff to decide the winner?
In the last 10 Open Championships, there have been a total of three playoffs to decide the winner (2009, 2007, 2004). At Muirfield in 2002, the Championship was decided by a four-man playoff.
There have been four wire-to-wire winners in the history of the British Open. The last man to win the Open after leading all four rounds was Gary Player in 1974.
United States +150
Great Britain and Ireland +250
Mainland Europe +450
South Africa +800
Australia/New Zealand +1000
Rest of the World +3300
* An American has won five of the last 10 Opens with the last U.S. victory occurring in 2009 (Cink).
* The last major (US Open) was won by a Brit (Justin Rose).
* The last time someone from mainland Europe won the British Open was in 1988 (Seve Ballesteros, Spain).
* A South African won last year (Els) and two of the last three years.
* An Australian has not won the Open since Greg Norman in 1993.
Top Spanish player
Sergio Garcia -188
Miguel Angel Jimenez +650
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano +700
Alvaro Quiros +800
Rafael Cabrera-Bello +1000
Eduardo Da La Riva +2000
Sergio has been the top Spanish player at five of the last 10 Open Championships. He also finished as the top Spaniard the last time the Open was held at Muirfield in 20002. Miguel Angel Jimenez was the top Spanish player at the Open in 2012.
Below are prop bets courtesy of BetVictor:
Will there be a hole-in-one:
Anirban Lahiri aced the ninth hole of the third round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club at the 2012 Open and Tom Watson famously scored an ace at the 2011 Open. There have been 21 aces in the past 30 years at the British Open. There were none at the 2002 Open at Muirfield.
Henrik Stenson +333
Thomas Bjorn +450
Peter Hanson +700
Freddie Jacobson +750
Alexander Noren +900
Noren was the top Scandinavian last year and Bjorn was top in 2011. Stenson was top in 2010 and 2008.
Below are prop bets courtesy of SportsInteraction:
Tournament Matchup - Justin Rose vs Adam Scott
Rose and Scott are the current US Open and Masters champs respectively and Scott was the runner up in 2012.
Tournament Matchup - Lee Westwood vs Rory McIlroy
Westwood was T45 last year and missed the cut at Muirfield in 2002. His best finish was 2 in 2010. Rory was T60 last year and his best finish at The Open is T3 in 2010.
Tournament Matchup - Mickelson vs Els
Mickelson is coming off a big win at the Scottish Open this past weekend. Lefty missed the cut last year and finished T66 at Muirfield in 2002. His best finish was T2 in 2011. Els is the defending champion and also won the Open when it was held at Muirfield in 2002.
Tournament Matchup - Nicolas Colsaerts vs Padraig Harrington
Colsaerts was T7 in 2012 and has three top 10 finishes so far this year. Paddy Harrington has won two Open Championships (2007, 2008) and was T39 last year. Harrington finished T5 at Muirfield in 2002.
Justin Rose +215
Lee Westwood +320
Luke Donald +320
Ian Poulter +600
Rose is certainly the hot golfer having won the U.S. Open. Luke Donald was the top English player last year and Lee Westwood was tops in 2010 and 2009.
Top South African
Ernie Els +200
Charl Schwartzel +350
Louis Oosthuizen +450
Branden Grace +650
Richard Sterne +900
Els has won the event twice (2012, 2002) and having won at Muirfield in 2002 certainly plays in his favor. Schwartzel's best ever finish at the Open was T14 in 2010. Oosthuizen won the Open in 2010 but has missed the cut twice since 2004.