The 141st Open Championship tees off Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England.
Covers spoke with Aron Black, of British book bet365.com, to find out where the last-minute action is falling as golf bettors head into the third major tournament of the season.
Like most tournaments involving Tiger Woods, the sport’s biggest name took a ton of action heading into the Open but wasn’t the only favorite bettors flocked to at the last minute. Lee Westwood moved from +1,400 to +1,000 and entered the first round as the second-overall favorite. That forced an adjustment on Woods from +800 to +900.
Other notable late moves involved Justin Rose, who went from +3,000 to +2,500, and Adam Scott, who went from +4,000 to +3,300.
According to Black, the conditions at Royal Lytham & St. Annes have made the biggest impact on the odds. A light rain gave way to clearer skies Thursday morning, however, wind and rain are in the forecast for the first two rounds. Prices on big-names like Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson all moved before the start of the tournament.
“More of the bigger prices were being trimmed and the top of the market drifted as the tough course conditions can be a great leveler at this event,” Black told Covers. “The course has a very high water table and has been getting a lot of rain this week, so there will be some tricky bunker play and slow greens.”
As for wagering options outside of the outright winner odds, golf fans have grabbed the pre-tournament props like six shooters, Top 5 and Top 10 finishers, top player from a region or country, and round-by-round matchups.