Tuesday, June 24, 2008

In towns that host the Open Championship, Ladbrokes betting houses are like Starbucks coffee shops. You can barely walk a block without bumping into one. In next month's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale - the first major without Tiger Woods since 1996 - Ladbrokes gives Els the best shot at winning the title. Els, the 2002 champ from Muirfield, is listed at 12 to 1 while Sergio Garcia, last year's runner up at Carnoustie, is listed at 14 to 1. Here are a few more odds in the long running tradition of legal sports gambling in the United Kingdom.
E Els             12/1S Garcia       14/1P Harrington 16/1P Mickelson   16/1G Ogilvy        20/1J Rose           20/1L Westwood   20/1V Singh         20/1A Scott         25/1J Furyk         25/1R Goosen      25/1L Donald       33/1R Karlsson     33/1M Kaymer      40/1P Casey         40/1S Cink           40/1T Immelman  40/1A Romero      50/1H Stenson     50/1

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