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Phil Mickelson second favourite for The Open

July 18, 2013

After a 17-under-par finish at the Scottish Open last week Phil Mickleson's odds of clinching the Claret jug have dropped to 18/1 making him second favourite for the tournament.

A playoff victory at Castle Stuart for the American has led to the odds on Tiger Woods picking up a first major title since 2008 slipping to 10/1 , whilst US Open winner Justin Rose is 20/1 to pick up his second major. Branden Grace, Mickleson's opponent in the playoff for the Scottish Open, has seen his odds plummet to 66/1 to go one better than last week and win the Open.

Three time Open winner Nick Faldo has come out of semi-retirement to play at Muirfield - the scene of two out of the three of his Championship wins. Faldo has not teed off at major since 2010 and will start alongside Tom Watson and Freddie Couples. The Englishman, at what could be his last event, is 1000/1 to take the seventh major he has chased since 1996 whilst Watson, after his heroics in 2009, is 300/1 .

Although the sun will be shining there will be no shortage of wind on the links course and lightning fast greens could mean a precise short game decides it. 2012 Champion Ernie Els is 28/1 to win the title again with Westwood and Garcia both at 30/1 . Rory McIlroy will be looking to kick-start his 2013 and is 28/1 just behind French Open winner Graeme McDowell at 25/1 . Australian Jason Day will be hoping to build on some great performances at majors this year and is 35/1 to pick up his first Championship.

The conditions could really have an impact over the four days so to make things less hazardous for punters Paddy Power is paying 7 places on outright bets made before the tournament. The bookmaker also has an online and mobile special - if you place a 4-fold or bigger ACCA on any Golf 2 or 3 balls in The Open Championship and if one leg lets you down, Paddy Power will refund your losing bet!

A Paddy Power spokesman said; "Big Phil has put himself firmly in contention after belting his way round Castle Stuart last week. Lefty will go into the Open full of confidence and determined to banish the ghosts of yet another US Open second place finish last month. Tiger is the favourite but Rose, Els, and McDowell will all be eyeing the Claret Jug."

Link to markets - http://www.paddypower.com/bet/golf/open-championship?ev_oc_grp_ids=34304#area=sb






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