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Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:17

Tiger Woods favourite for The Open 2013

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Today sees the start of one of the most exciting golfing events of the year, the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.

This year the tournament has more intrigue as all the top players are involved and although Tiger Woods is the bet online if one wants to go for the favourite, one has to admit it has got to be one of the most open tournaments for a long time. There are 156 players registered to play and they include massive players like Ernie Els, Justine Rose, Adam Scott, Rory Mcllroy and obviously Tiger Woods!

We all know Tiger Woods looks ready to finally win a major, since his problems and injuries. This year he has grown from strength to strength with four wins already and just by attitude on and off the green, Tiger seems to be in ‘the zone’. Also, although the American tries to play down catching up to Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors record, one would have to assume Woods is expecting to match if not beat that record and now is the perfect time to get back on track.

World number two, Rory Mcllory has been struggling a bit this year. There has been a lot of expectation placed on his shoulders and he has yet to deliver after his US Open and PGA wins. There seems to be an issue with him switching over to a new equipment supplier, but this should soon rectify itself. Golfing pundits seem to think Rory still has some more to do with regards to his form, but speaking to the Northern Ireland player, he seems very relaxed and looking forward to the tournament, so there is no real reason why he cannot perform well here.

Justin Rose flies the English flag, and is bang on form after winning the US Open in June. The Englishman is now Number three in the world after that win, and will be hoping that he can join the illustrious group of players (Tiger Woods 2000, Tom Watson 1982, Lee Trevino 1971, and Ben Hogan 1953) who were able to win both the US Open and Open in the same season.

In addition to these group usual suspects, we have other contenders like Darren Clarke, Paul Lawrie, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, and Sergio Garcia just to name a few, who will all be hoping to make a bit of history this weekend!