British Open Betting: Take Tiger

July 17, 2007

Unlike past years, Tiger Woods has not been money in the bank on the 2007 PGA Golf Tour. But like all superstars – like all professionals who are leaders at what they do – Tiger has the ability to rise to the occasion and save his best for when it really counts.

When Tiger tees off this week at the 136th British Open Championship at the 7,421-yard, par-71 Carnoustie Golf Club in Carnoustie, Scotland, he will be a man on a mission.

For a whole slew of reasons, it’s time to take Tiger for the win this weekend. First, he’s going for a three-peat, a feat that’s only been accomplished once before, by Peter Thomson in 1954-56. Second, Tiger has had enough time to put aside two big events – the birth of his daughter and hosting the AT&T National – and, for the first time this year, focus on the task at hand.

And third, the British Open is Tiger’s favorite tournament, especially when it’s at Carnoustie.

“I love playing over here because it allows you to be creative,” Woods said after a practice round Monday. “Augusta used to be that way. The U.S. Open is obviously not. The PGA is kind of similar to a U.S. Open setup. Over here, you can create shots. You get to use the ground as an ally.”

It’s debatable whether Tiger will ever again be in a position to match or break Thomson’s record of winning golf’s oldest championship three straight times. He will be driven this week.

Bet the British Open at Sportbet, which has Tiger favored at +225.

Nick Bailey

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