By petedirenzo
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

With Tiger Woods on the sideline, plenty of names were tossed around Royal Birkdale as possible contenders for the Claret Jug. And since Woods will not be competing this week at Oakland Hills, the Wanamaker Trophy, awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship, also looks to be up for grabs. Ladbrokes, the online bookmaker, still seems to love Lefty. As of Monday evening, Phil Mickelson was the favorite at 10/1, followed closely by Padraig Harrington at 16/1.
Although Jim Furyk is currently ranked 13th in the World Golf Rankings, the Brits love his straight hitting and toughness; he's 20/1 to win his second major title. Sergio Garcia and last week's winner, Vijay Singh, who is now ranked fourth in the world rankings, are also at 20/1, with Anthony Kim, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Lee Westwood getting 25/1.
And in case you were wondering, John Daly is getting 500/1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Phil Mickelson10/1
Padraig Harrington16/1
Jim Furyk20/1
Sergio Garcia20/1
Vijay Singh20/1
Anthony Kim25/1
Ernie Els25/1
Lee Westwood25/1
Retief Goosen25/1
Adam Scott33/1
Kenny Perry33/1
Stewart Cink33/1
Geoff Ogilvy40/1
Hunter Mahan40/1
Henrik Stenson40/1
K.J. Choi 40/1

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