The world’s top ranked player, Luke Donald, will look to solidify his standing in the OWGR this week by recording his first ever Open Championship title. Donald, who is still seeking his first major championship, is scheduled to tee off at 9:43am ET tomorrow morning; his group includes American Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy. 2012 British Open Odds at bookmaker TheGreek.com have Donald listed as a +1415 ($100 to win $1415) moneyline play to win the 141st Open Championship. The 12 year pro is expected to finish ahead of fellow top five player Rory McIlroy, drawing -120 odds in their tournament matchup at The Greek; however, the offshore odds maker has Donald listed as a +120 and +115 moneyline underdog in his matchup pairings with Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods, respectively.
Luke Donald’s steady play has kept him atop the Official World Golf Rankings most of this season, but it has not aided his cause in the Race to Dubai standings. Donald currently holds 12th place on the European Tour’s money list with a total of €1,061,666. Some might suggest that his having played in only seven qualifying tournaments has played a role in his failure to crack the top 10; however, Justin Rose, the present Race to Dubai leader, has participated in the same number of events as Donald.
Donald’s earnings aside, he is still a threat to win this weekend’s Open. The Hempstead, England native has two victories and five top 10 finishes in 13 tournaments played. Donald, like Tiger Woods, has not looked his best in major competition, though. The 34 year old hit a three over par 291 at Augusta National to finish 32nd at the Masters and he missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month after hitting 79 and 72 in the first two days of action at the Olympic Club.
Donald has not exactly been a force in his 11 British Open appearances either. He earned his best result at the event in 2009 with a fifth place finish, but that effort marked his only top 10 score at the Open. Donald has missed the cut six times in his chase for the Claret Jug and his average finish the five times he did qualify for Saturday and Sunday British Open play is a lackluster 32.2.
Luke Donald 2012 British Open Odds:
Odds to win +1415 ($100 to win $1415)Odds to finish in the Top Five +285 ($100 to win $285)Odds to finish in the Top Ten +115 ($100 to win $115)Odds to finish ahead of Rory McIlroy -120 ($120 to win $100) Odds to finish ahead of Lee Westwood +120 ($100 to win $120) Odds to finish ahead of Tiger Woods +115 ($100 to win $115)
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