(8 top ten finishes in his last 12 Majors & 6/4 about another in the Open - Lee Westwood)
It's easy to see why Tiger Woods is the favourite to pick up the Claret Jug as the top man has been resurgent in 2012 with 3 wins on the PGA Tour, including two in June, & generally looking like getting back close to the form he showed to pick up 14 Major victories between 1997 to 2008. Tiger's challenges in 2012's Majors hasn't been so impressive though with him really not troubling the leaderboard in the Masters & fading really badly at the weekend after holding the joint lead at the end of the 2nd round of the US Open. Tiger seems happy enough to stick to his woods off the tee in order to keep the ball on the fairway & with proper management of his play he does look to have the best chance of anyone & odds 10/1 seem fair.
(Sergio Garcia's outstanding consistency in the Open means he's a leading player here)
We don't feel that Justin Rose offers much value at 33/1 as his only top 10 finish in an Open was on debut as an amateur in 1998 although he did get 12th in 2007 & 13th in 2009. Luke Donald is World number one & deserves respect for winning 6 tournaments from the beginning of 2011, we worry that he might get caught out with some of his tee shots though & best odds of 20/1 are fair but don't really tempt us. Rory McIlroy has stated that he prefers the type of courses found in the States & his game just doesn't look so suited to links play & his odds are way too short. Padraig Harrington deserves maximum respect as a two time winner & he's shown a bit more form this season & at the end of 2011, unfortunately he's only had one win since 2008 & that was on the Asian Tour - that tempers enthusiasm for Padraig at somewhat shortish odds of 20/1.
Sergio Garcia each way at 40/1 (Ladbrokes 1/4 odds 6 places)
Lee Westwood to finish in top 10 at 6/4 (BetVictor)