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The 2014 British Open: Statistics and Picks

In North America it doesn't carry the same prestige as the Masters or US Open, but The Open Championship (as it's formally called) has staged some golf's most amazing wins and collapses in history.  This year's edition has plenty of huge names in golf, including the return of Tiger Woods in his first Major in 2014.

This Year's Host
This years Open is being played a the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, founded 145 years ago and has been the host of the British Open 12 times. The last Open at Royal Liverpool was in 2006 when Tiger Woods finished an astonishing -18 to win by five strokes over Ernie Els.  

A few other facts about the course:

  • Situated off the Irish Sea, it's always a windy course, in 2006 Tiger Woods won by 5 strokes despite using his driver only once (to control the ball).
  • To get a tee-time you must provide proof that your handicap is 21 or less.
  • For the first 7 years the golf course also served as a horse race track
  • Weekend green fee is $345 US

Open Championship Fun Facts

  • It's now referred to as "The Open" because the rotation now includes Royal St George which is situated in Scotland.
  • It's the oldest of the 4 Major Championships
  • Tiger Woods holds the largest margin of victory of 15 in 2000.  The previous record was 14 strokes held by Tom Morris in 1862 (who is also the oldest winner at 46 years old)
  • The Open has been won by an American 42 times.
  • An amateur has won 5 times, but not since 1930
  • The winners take in 1864 was £6 (~$11 US) it's £975,000 (~$1,700,000 US)

Our 2014 Open Championship Picks
Which golfer will contend with the wind and take the Claret Jug at the end of the Weekend?  Here are a our top 4 contenders for the Open Championship, and sorry there's no Tiger this fact he might not even make the cut.

Cory Wagner's picks:

  • Rickie Fowler (50-1) - he had a very solid finish last week at the Scottish Open ending up tied for 8th and shooting a final round 65.  More than anything it proves this young guy can handle links golf.  This is also a 'kid' who finished 5th in this year's Masters and 2nd in the US Open last month.

  • Jordan Spieth (30-1) - this other 'kid' (he's only 20 years old) has come on the golf scene like a superstar in the making.  In 1.5 years on the tour he's already won a tournament (first as a teenager since 1931) and he's in the World Golf's Ranking Top 10.  He almost won the Masters this year, so the nerves should be better this time around.

Chad Langager's picks:

  • Henrik Stenson (18-1) - Over the last six PGA majors, Henrik Stenson has finished in the top 25 in each one of them including a second place finish in the 2013 edition of The Open Championship. In the two majors of the 2014 season, Stenson finished T14 at the Masters and T4 at the U.S. Open. Each tournament he is building the confidence and skill required to pull of a win at a Major tournament and he appears more ready than ever to get over the hump.

  • Martin Kaymer (20-1) - Kaymer has won two of his last three PGA tournaments - a win at THE PLAYERS Championship and runaway victory at the U.S. Open. It will be a lot to ask for him to win back to back majors and join the likes of Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods but Kaymer has shown himself to be an elite golfer and is playing the best golf of his life. Coming off the emotional victory of his country’s World Cup win, Kaymer could continue the sporting wins for Germany.

Complete list of odds for the 2014 Open Championship:

Golfer Odds
Adam Scott 12/1
Tiger Woods 15/1
Rory McIlroy 15/1
Henrik Stenson 18/1
Martin Kaymer 20/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Jason Day 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Phil Mickelson 28/1
Graeme McDowell 28/1
Jordan Spieth 30/1
Lee Westwood 30/1
Bubba Watson 35/1
Dustin Johnson 35/1
Matt Kuchar 35/1
Ian Poulter 40/1
Luke Donald 45/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Brandt Snedeker 50/1
Angel Cabrera 50/1
Jason Dufner 55/1
Thomas Bjorn 55/1
Charl Schwartzel 60/1
Jamie Donaldson 60/1
Hideki Matsuyama 65/1
Ernie Els 65/1
Zach Johnson 65/1
Jim Furyk 65/1
Paul Casey 65/1
Francesco Molinari 65/1
Keegan Bradley 65/1
Louis Oosthuizen 65/1
Jimmy Walker 80/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Patrick Reed 85/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 85/1
Victor Dubuisson 85/1
Mikko Ilonen 85/1
Webb Simpson 85/1
Jonas Blixt 100/1
Graham DeLaet 110/1
Padraig Harrington 110/1
Ryan Moore 115/1
Gary Woodland 115/1
Bill Haas 115/1
Stephen Gallacher 115/1
Harris English 115/1
KJ Choi 125/1
Thongchai Jaidee 125/1
John Senden 130/1
Martin Laird 130/1
Nick Watney 130/1
Joost Luiten 130/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 130/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 130/1
Matteo Manassero 130/1
Kevin Na 130/1
Billy Horschel 130/1
Marc Leishman 130/1
Bernd Wiesberger 150/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Chris Kirk 150/1
Peter Hanson 150/1
Ross Fisher 150/1
Brendon de Jonge 150/1
Brooks Koepka 150/1
Freddie Jacobson 150/1
Richard Sterne 175/1
Chris Wood 175/1
Retief Goosen 175/1
Matt Jones 175/1
Kevin Streelman 175/1
Shane Lowry 175/1
George Coetzee 200/1
Paul Lawrie 200/1
Stewart Cink 200/1
Robert Karlsson 200/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 250/1
Matt Every 250/1
Ryan Palmer 250/1
Russell Henley 250/1
Tommy Fleetwood 250/1
Peter Uihlein 250/1
Geoff Ogilvy 250/1
Boo Weekley 300/1
Gregory Bourdy 300/1
Darren Clarke 300/1
Brett Rumford 300/1
Ben Curtis 300/1
Roberto Castro 300/1
Justin Leonard 300/1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 300/1
Jin Jeong 500/1
DA Points 500/1
YE Yang 500/1
John Daly 500/1
David Duval 500/1
Tom Watson 500/1

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