British Open Betting Day One Features Tiger Woods
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The first day at the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland featured #1 ranked Tiger Woods, Englishman Justin Rose and local Scottish star Phil Lawry competing for an 8.5 million dollar prize (4.4 million pounds). Fans traveled great distances, many from the US, New Zealand, Europe, and Japan to witness the classic event with their own eyes.
The trio started off at 9am, as light rain and a brisk North Sea wind stirred up the course. With Tiger Woods trying to win his 3rd straight British Open title, Phil Lawry attempting to win the Open for the 2nd time in his career, and Justin Rose, the 28 year old English phenom seeking his first career major, the stage was set for an exciting day of competition and Open betting.
By the 2nd hole, the winds had calmed down and the rain had stopped, setting up a wonderful birdie on #3 for Tiger Woods. After 5 holes, Tiger was 3 under and seemed well on his way to a spectacular afternoon. Despite his strong tee game and his uncanny ability to find his irons, he struggled around the greens, leaving putts in the 8-10 foot range miss by un-Tiger like proportions.
Then, just when everyone had given up on Tiger’s putting, he sunk an unbelievable 90 foot putt on #16. He rolled the ball up from the front of the green, over two hills, and directly into the center of the cup. The crowd went wild as Tiger shot up to -2 and left himself in strong position for Day 2. He parred 17 and 18 to finish with a 69.
Englishman Justin Rose played strong throughout the first day, but fell to +5 due to problems on the back nine. Former champion and Scottish great Phil Lawry played consistent throughout the day, but remains a long shot with his +1 performance.
The 2nd day at Carnoustie should be interesting as players begin taking more gambles and play with higher risk. Crowds are also expected to increase as more local fans will take the train in as the weekend approaches. Side-bets are expected to increase as well.