Tiger Woods Hot Favourite for 2006 British Open
By James Mc
It has been a turbulent and emotional year for Tiger Woods, with the loss of his father in May, and his subsequent but highly understandable dip in form. However, when the 135th British Open returns to Royal Liverpool for the first time since 1967 this weekend, the name Tiger Woods will be at the top of most people’s list of favourites to lift the Claret Jug.

PinnacleSports.com has kept faith in Tiger’s ability by listing him as an overwhelming 5/1 favourite to win his third British Open, even after missing the cut for the first time in his professional career at last month’s US Open. Another to have a disastrous time at Winged Foot was Phil Mickelson, but the reigning Masters champion is second favourite with the online sportsbook at 11/1.

'The nine-week layoff before the U.S. Open definitely took its toll on Tiger, so we fully expect him to rebound from his worst performance in a major as a professional,' said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. 'Woods may be the overwhelming favourite, but he's never won The Open Championship outside of St. Andrews, which should leave the door open for the field.”

The two front runners are closely followed by Vijay Singh at 15/1, two-time winner Ernie Els at 16/1, with Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen both at 20/1, Luke Donald (25/1), and Jim Furyk (30/1) all in the hunt at Royal Liverpool. Outside bets see 1995 Open champion John Daly at 200/1, 2001 winner David Duval at 250/1, and three-time champion Nick Faldo at 400/1 to add another Claret Jug to their resumes.

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