British Open 2012 Leaderboard Update: Adam Scott Falls, Ernie Els Wins Second Open Title

Ernie Els wins his second British Open title.

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British Open Results: Ernie Els Wins $1.4 Million With Surprise Win Over Adam Scott

The 2012 British Open will likely be remembered for two things: the abysmal final round by Adam Scott combined with the incredible turn of Ernie Els in the same. The two golfers served as polar opposite performers on Sunday in the final round of the Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, with Scott imploding after leading the major all week. Els, meanwhile escalated to the top of the leaderboard and earned over an incredible $1.4 million in the process.

Scott held the lead at six under after the first round and maintained that lead well into the fourth round today despite struggling early on Sunday. It was clear that nerves were getting the best of him as he vied for his first major, while Els, the steady veteran, kept playing consistently solid golf to climb closer and closer. Els finished seven-under for the round after Scott held the lead a few holes earlier with an 11-under score.

Here's the complete rundown of the top seven golfers and their payouts:
1. Ernie Els: $1,413,569
2. Adam Scott: $808,069
T3. Brandt Snedeker: $520,583
T3. Tiger Woods: $520,583
T5. Luke Donald: $326,376
T5. Graeme McDowell: $326,376
T7. Nicolas Colsaerts: $239,830
T7. Thomas Aiken: $239,830

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2012 British Open: Ernie Els Wins His Second Open As Adam Scott Tumbles

Adam Scott's 75 in the final round of the 2012 British Open paved the way for an old cagey veteran to win a Claret jug for the second time of his career. Ernie Els shot a 2-under 68 in the final round of The Open to win his second jug for his trophy case.

Sunday wasn't just about the triumph of Els and the collapse of Scott, as others fell pray to what Lancashire can do to a golfer's gumption. Tiger Woods shot a +3, Brandt Snedeker shot a +4 and Graeme McDowell shot a +5 on their final 18 holes, losing out at a chance to challenge for the third major title of the year.

Here is how the money breaks down for the top of the leaderboard:

1. Ernie Els: $1,413,569

2. Adam Scott: $808,069

T3. Brandt Snedeker: $520,583

T3. Tiger Woods: $520,583

T5. Luke Donald: $326,376

T5. Graeme McDowell: $326,376

T7. Nicholas Colsaerts: $239,830

T7. Thomas Aiken: $239,830

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2012 British Open: Local Products Noren, Woodland And Watson Finishing Up Final Round

Sunday's final round of the 2012 British Open from Royal Lytham & St. Annes has already gotten started and several golfers who have no chance of being in contention to win have already begun play.

Local products Alexander Noren, Gary Woodland and Tom Watson are among those near the bottom of the leaderboard looking to finish the course strong.

Noren is currently one-over par through the first 10 holes and is two-over par for the tournament. Woodland is also one-over par on Sunday through 17 holes and is four-over par in the tournament and Watson has completed the fourth and final round with a three-over par 73 and finishes the tournament at 12-over par.

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2012 British Open: TV Coverage, Streaming, Live Updates And More

The final round of the 2012 British Open gets underway in the middle of the night in the United States at 1:30 a.m. CT which is when the first group which features Tom Watson and John Daly. ESPN begins their coverage at 5 a.m. CT on the television side as well as their online coverage over at ESPN3.

Leader Adam Scott does not tee off until 8:30 a.m. CT and he is paired with Graeme McDowell who is four strokes behind Scott. Brandt Snedeker who is also four backs is in the prior group at 8:20 a.m. CT and is paired with Tiger Woods.

ESPN3 has wall-to-wall coverage options with one that mirrors the television coverage, plus there is an exclusive feed of hole of the hole Nos. 1 and 18, plus a feed of the hole Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and there is also a Spanish language feed as well. This same coverage can also be seen via WatchESPN.

In addition to all of ESPN's online coverage there is even more at TheOpen.com which will be similar to ESPN3's coverage, but they will have additional commentators Dominik Holyer and Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes. TheOpen.com will also have press conference videos available, radio feeds and hour updates. All of that coverage is also available through their Android, iPhone and iPad app.

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British Open Leaderboard: Adam Scott Has 4-Stroke Lead Heading Into Final Round

Adam Scott is the leader after three rounds of play at the 2012 British Open, and if Scott can hold onto his four stroke lead he will earn his first ever Major championship. Scott was able to take advantage of Brandt Snedeker's poor round to shoot back to the leaderboard. Snedeker shot a three-over par, round of 73 while Scott shot his worst round of the tournament by shooting a 2-under par, 68 in Saturday's round.

Scott now leads Snedeker and Graeme McDowell by four strokes, and his lead looks to be fairly safe. Tiger Woods is also in contention as he is only in fourth place and is a manageable five strokes back of Scott after shooting even par for his third round.

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British Open 2012: Tiger Woods Shoots Even 70 Third Round, Four Strokes Behind Leader Adam Scott

Tiger Woods managed an even-par round of 70 to stay at 6-under for the 2012 British Open and alone in fourth place. Woods is four strokes behind tourney leader Adam Scott, who evidently still has people that hate his long putter.

Back to Woods. Woods started off Saturday shaky as he bogeyed the first and third holes to fall to 4-under. Woods then recovered, making a huge putt for birdie on his sixth hole, along with birdies on No. 7 and No. 9 to finish the front nine at 33 and staying in contention for a major title win.

However, Tiger continued to struggle on the back nine at Royal Lytham, as Woods was unable to find a rhythm and finished at 1-over par for the second half, falling back to even on the day. Woods has hit 88 percent of his fairways thus far in the tournament, but Tiger might have to get more aggressive to make a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday to catch Adam Scott.

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2012 British Open Leaderboard: Zach Johnson Making Solid Run

A cluster of golfers at the top of the board improved their postions with strong early play in Round 3 of the 2012 British Open, as the leaders begin teeing off. Bubba Watson was in the midst of a strong run before a double bogey on the 15th hole derailed his efforts, dropping him to 2-under on the day and a tie for 16th place through 16 holes. Zach Johnson is also having himself a good day, shooting 3-under through 12 holes and jumping 11 spots to move into a tie for fourth.

Local golfer Tom Watson had a difficult outing, shooting a 6-over 76 to drop 14 spots into 82nd place. Watson dug himself a hole early, double-bogeying twice in his first six holes of the day. He finished his day with a +9 on the tournament so far.

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2012 British Open: TV Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

The third round of the 2012 British Open gets underway in the middle of the night state side at 2:20 a.m. CT, with the first group which features Tom Watson and Lee Westwood. The television coverage on ESPN gets underway at 6 a.m. CT, but for those who have trouble sleeping -- or really like golf -- ESPN3 begins their Open Championship coverage at 4 a.m. CT.

ESPN3 has various coverage with options to mirror the television broadcast, holes No, 9, 10 and 11 and there is a Spanish language channel as well. In addition to all of ESPN's online coverage there is even more at TheOpen.com with additional commentators Dominik Holyer and Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes if you tire of the ESPN announcers. That same coverage is available through an Android, iPhone and iPad app. Finally, there is video press conference coverage, radio feeds and hourly updates.

Basically, there are so many ways to watch that being a golf there is no reason to miss any of the British Open.

For a complete look at the leaderboard, please visit Golf.com.

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2012 British Open: Tee Times And Pairings For Saturday's Round 3

The third round of the 2012 British Open Championship has an early start across the pond, and the leader after two rounds is American Brent Snedeker who is at 10-under par for the tournament and leads Adam Scott by one stroke. Tiger Woods is next in line at third place and is sitting at 6-under par.

Here are the notable tee times for Saturday's round three:

2:20 a.m. CT - Tom Watson, Lee Westwood
2:30 a.m. CT - Chad Campbell, John Daly
2:40 a.m. CT - Adilson Da Silva, Rickie Fowler
4:15 a.m. CT - Frederik Jacobson, Jim Furyk
8:20 a.m. CT - James Morrison, Steve Stricker
8:40 a.m. CT - Ernie Els, Thomas Aiken
8:50 a.m. CT - Jason Duffner, Graeme McDowell
9:00 a.m. CT - Matt Kuchar, Paul Lawrie
9:10 a.m. CT - Thorbjorn Olesen, Tiger Woods
9:20 a.m. CT - Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker

For a total look at the leaderboard, visit Golf.com, and a complete list of tee times and pairings can be found on the British Open's website.

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2012 British Open Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker Holds The Lead On Friday

One day after Adam Scott set the course record with a 64 on Thursday at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's, the record books needed to be amended once more on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker tied Scott's mark with a 64 of his own, giving him a score of 10-under for the outright lead in the 2012 British Open. The aforementioned Scott is all alone in second only one shot off the pace while Tiger Woods continues to lurk, 6-under for the tournament.

Matt Kuchar vaulted himself up the leaderboard, with the American shooting a 67 to move into a tie for fourth at 4-under par. Jason Dufner is also making a move, coming up 33 spots with an identical score of 4-under. Dufner is still on the course, currently on the 17th hole.

On the flip side of things, Rory McIlroy had a brutal day on the links, shooting a 75 and falling to 2-over on the week. The young phenom is all but out of the race, tied for 52nd.

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British Open Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker Leads Second Round, Tom Watson Looks To Improve Score In Second Round

The British Open is a tournament that can surprise many fans with who can be leading at any given time. In the second round, Nashville resident Brandt Snedeker has used a strong stretch of five birdies in seven holes to put him at 6-under for the round through 16 holes. His tournament score is now 10-under, four strokes ahead Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie who are currently tied for second.

First round leader Adam Scott bogeyed No. 3 and is currently in fourth place at 5-under. Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods have just begun their second rounds and are even through only a couple holes. Right now the projected cut line is at 3-over, but that is subject to change with the results of the round.

Golfers with ties to the area include Tom Watson who is 1-over for the tournament so far and is set to tee off momentarily. Oklahoma State graduate Alexander Noren is 1-over for the round through 16 holes and 2-over for the tournament. Gary Woodland from Topeka, Kansas shot an even 70 for the second round keeping him at 3-over for the tournament.

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British Open 2012: TV Coverage, Streaming, Live Updates And More

The British Open is either for the late-nighters or the (very) early-risers.

As with the first round, the second round's first grouping will tee off at 1:19 a.m. ET at Royal Lytham & St. Annes golf course and then at 11-minute intervals after.

The viewing options in the United States will be the same as they were for the first round.

Online, WatchESPN.com will begin live-streaming coverage at 4 a.m. ET and ESPN's television network will begin live coverage at 4:30 a.m. ET. As for mobile options, The Open Championships official mobile app will have live streaming as well as score updates.

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2012 British Open: The World's Best Golfers Atop The Leaderboard

The first round of the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes is in the books and it's no surprise that some of golf's biggest names have their names atop the leaderboard after Thursday's opening round.

American Zach Johnson is currently tied for second after shooting a five-under par, 65 on the day. Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both tied for sixth place after shooting a three-under par, 67 on Thursday.

South Africa's Ernie Els is also tied with Woods and Watson for third place along with American Steve Stricker and Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

Round two of the four day tournament begins on Friday and you can bet that these juggernauts in the game of golf will all be jockeying for position to try and put themselves in position to win on Saturday and in Sunday's final.

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British Open Leaderboard Update: Tom Watson Has Mixed First Round

The 2012 British Open is underway and most of the first round is finally finished given that its several hours later into the day across the pond. The good news for golf enthusiasts and casual fans is that the leaderboard is loaded with notable names. If this continues, the final rounds at Royal Lytham & St. Annes is going to be worth watching.

Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson are just a few of the names in the top 10, all looking up to Adam Scott who leads the British open field with a six-under score.

As for Tom Watson, the 62-year-old is hanging in the thick of things with a one-over score, and he's currently tied at No. 70 on the leaderboard overall. The five time champion is a fan favorite and storied player in the tournament, and he began to come alive on the back nine with two birdies. However, two late bogeys placed him back at his current position.

Gary Woodland is tied for 94th overall at two-over on the day while Chez Reavie is right behind him at three-over.

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2012 British Open: TV Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

Because of the five hour time difference from the East coast, the 2012 British Open from Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club will kick off very early (or late) with the first player teeing off at 1:19 a.m. EST.

ESPN will begin to broadcast live coverage at 4:30 a.m. EST and will be bringing you coverage all the way into the evening. The network will also offer live streaming from their WatchESPN site which begins an hour earlier, at 3:30 a.m. EST.

For those interested in a mobile option, The Open Championship's official mobile app will offer live streaming as well as scoring updates in real-time.

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2012 British Open Tee Times And Groupings: Tiger Woods Tees Off Mid-Morning

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the 2012 British Open, and most U.S. golf fans will probably be sleeping when the opening round kicks off very early on Thursday morning.

The five-hour time difference will make watching very difficult as television coverage stateside begins at 4:30 a.m. EST on ESPN, just minutes before Woods is set to tee off.

Here are the compete tee times and groupings for every participant at Royal Lutham & St. Annes Golf Club. All times are Eastern:

1:19 a.m. ET -- Barry Lane, James Driscoll
1:30 a.m. ET -- Richard Finch, Garth Mulroy
1:41 a.m. ET -- Matthew Baldwin, Adilson Da Silva, Tadahiro Takayama
1:52 a.m. ET -- Rafa Echenique, Kodai Ichihara, John Huh
2:03 a.m. ET -- Sandy Lyle, Todd Hamilton, Mark Calcavecchia
2:14 a.m. ET -- Alejandro Canizares, Jeev Milkha Singh, Greg Chalmers
2:25 a.m. ET -- John Daly, Chad Campbell, Michael Hoey
2:36 a.m. ET -- Thongchai Jaidee, Justin Leonard, Simon Khan
2:47 a.m. ET -- David Duval, Raphael Jacquelin, Miguel Angel Jimenez
2:58 a.m. ET -- Stephen Ames, Robert Rock, Kyle Stanley
3:09 a.m. ET -- Stewart Cink, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Johnson Wagner
3:20 a.m. ET -- Jamie Donaldson, Bill Haas, Ye Yang
3:31 a.m. ET -- Davis Love III, Tim Clark, Paul Lawrie
3:42 a.m. ET -- Adam Scott, Alan Dunbar (A), Matt Kuchar
3:58 a.m. ET -- Vijay Singh, Nick Watney, Ian Poulter
4:09 a.m. ET -- Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson
4:20 a.m. ET -- Lee Westwood, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Bubba Watson
4:31 a.m. ET -- Dustin Johnson, Graeme Mcdowell, Hiroyuki Fujita
4:42 a.m. ET -- Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia
4:53 a.m. ET -- Ryo Ishikawa, Martin Kaymer, Tom Watson
5:04 a.m. ET -- Thomas Bjorn, Aaron Baddeley, Charl Schwartzel
5:15 a.m. ET -- Jason Dufner, Martin Laird, Kevin Na
5:26 a.m. ET -- James Morrison, Daniel Chopra, Joost Luiten
5:37 a.m. ET -- Thorbjorn Olesen, Troy Matteson, Thomas Aiken
5:48 a.m. ET -- Brad Kennedy, Mardan Mamat, Steven Tiley
5:59 a.m. ET -- Warren Bennett, Aaron Townsend, Grant Veenstra
6:10 a.m. ET -- Dale Whitnell, Sam Walker, Elliot Saltman
6:31 a.m. ET -- Bob Estes, Steven O'Hara, Brendan Jones
6:42 a.m. ET -- Juvic Pagunsan, Scott Pinckney, Nicholas Cullen
6:53 a.m. ET -- Steven Alker, Lee Slattery, Russ Cochran
7:04 a.m. ET -- Tom Lehman, Pablo Larrazabal, Greg Owen
7:15 a.m. ET -- Marcel Siem, George Coetzee, Chez Reavie
7:26 a.m. ET -- Marcus Fraser, Lucas Glover, Gregory Havret
7:37 a.m. ET -- Charles Howell III, Paul Broadhurst, Richard Sterne
7:48 a.m. ET -- Carl Pettersson, K.T. Kim, Gary Woodland
7:59 a.m. ET -- Ben Curtis, Paul Casey, Trevor Immelman
8:10 a.m. ET -- Robert Karlsson, Mark Wilson, Branden Grace
8:21 a.m. ET -- Harris English, Simon Dyson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
8:32 a.m. ET -- Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi, Ross Fisher
8:43 a.m. ET -- Jonathan Byrd, Sang-Moon Bae, Alvaro Quiros
8:59 a.m. ET -- Nicolas Colsaerts, Hunter Mahan, John Senden
9:10 a.m. ET -- Bo Van Pelt, Francesco Molinari, Toshinori Muto
9:21 a.m. ET -- Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley
9:32 a.m. ET -- Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, Manuel Trappel (A)
9:43 a.m. ET -- Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy
9:54 a.m. ET -- Steve Stricker, Toru Taniguchi, Anders Hansen
10:05 a.m. ET -- Peter Hanson, Retief Goosen, Robert Allenby
10:16 a.m. ET -- Jim Furyk, Koumei Oda, Fredrik Jacobson
10:27 a.m. ET -- Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, Alexander Noren
10:38 a.m. ET -- Andres Romero, Jbe Kruger, Richie Ramsay
10:49 a.m. ET -- Ted Potter Jr, Ian Keenan, Andrew Georgiou
11:00 a.m. ET -- Troy Kelly, Morten Orum Madsen, Anirban Lahiri
11:11 a.m. ET -- Prayad Marksaeng, Justin Hicks, Ashley Hall

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British Open 2012 Odds: Tiger Woods The Favorite

A surprise to absolutely no one, Tiger Woods is the favorite at the 2012 British Open. According to Boveda, Tiger Woods is the favorite with 8/1 odds to win the British Open, despite not having won a major title in 2012.

Woods' fall from grace in the public eye has been well documented, and the all-time great has yet to win a major since his scandal came to light many moons ago.

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald have the second best odds in the tournament, coming in at 14/1. Rory McIlroy at 16/1 and Padraig Harrington are next best at 16/1 and 18/1, respectively.

Local golfer Chez Reavie is facing an uphill battle -- and Vegas confirms this, giving him 500/1 odds to win the tournament. Tom Watson is a longshot as well, at 200/1.

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2012 British Open: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy Top Favorites

Pregame.com has released the latest odds for the 2012 British Open, and Tiger Woods remains atop the list of favorites. However, Rory McIlroy is now the second favorite of betters on the golf major and Lee Westwood is now third. Formerly Luke Donald was right behind Woods, but has fallen to 15-1 odds.

Tom Watson does not make the list of odds from Pregame, but he's at 200-1 over at Bovada. As a five-time champion of the British Open, no American is more celebrated than the Kansas native. Watson is playing again this year and hopes to add a sixth title at the age of 62.

British Open - Odds to Win:
Tiger Woods: 8 to 1
Rory McIlroy: 11 to 1
Lee Westwood: 12 to 1
Luke Donald: 15 to 1
Padraig Harrington: 20 to 1
Justin Rose: 25 to 1
Phil Mickelson: 30 to 1
Sergio Garcia: 30 to 1
Graeme McDowell: 30 to 1
Francesco Molinari: 30 to 1
Adam Scott: 40 to 1

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British Open 2012: Tom Watson Relishes Opportunity For 6th Title

With five career British Open titles to his name, no other U.S. golfer has been as celebrated at the storied major than Tom Watson. And while those titles might seem like they're far away in the rearview mirror, golf enthusiasts will likely remember the showdown only three years ago when Stewart Cink overcame Watson's putting woes to win his first major and keep the then 59-year-old from his sixth British Open win. So no one should be counting out the Kansas native.

As for now, Watson says he's gearing up to play and that he's ready for yet another turn at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Course at the age of 62.

"I'm really ready to play," said Watson. "Sometimes your body can't go. Right now, at times, I'm wondering if my poor iron play isn't the result of either a lack of conditioning or an injury or just a bad swing. That throws some doubt in your mind. Any time you have any doubt, this game can eat you up.

"We play this game on a thin edge a lot of times, where it's between being confident and not being confident. And whenever you let that doubt in there, it takes you below that edge. You need that edge."

While he does recognize that he's advanced in years and that it might not be a given that he'll continue to play in majors such as these, he's still doggedly determined to play as long as he can.

"I still enjoy competing, that's why I'm out here," Watson said. "When I'm not competitive, my dinners doesn't taste very good. I still have that urge and, barring injuries, I think I have some time left."

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British Open 2012: Past, Future Weather Could Play Factor

England isn't exactly known for its favorable weather, but some abnormal weather could put a damper on things.

The grass at Royal Lytham & St. Annes has become so thick that players could be taking stroke penalties because of lost balls. From the Associated Press (via The Augusta Chronicle):

Because of a wet spring the native grass covering the dunes and hillocks is so thick and deep that any ball going that far off line could be lost forever.

The British Open does not send half its full field to start on the 10th tee, like many other tournaments. For now, the forecast for the week seems welcoming enough. But it could always change in a flash.

The latest forecast calls for rain today, ending sometime Thursday morning, followed by something called a "dry spell" that could last into the weekend, accompanied by gusts anywhere from 15 mph to 25 mph, more or less.

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2012 British Open Odds: Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood Lead Favorites

The 2012 British Open is set to get underway this week for the 141st time at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Course in Lancashire, England and Tiger Woods' stock is now back to "favorite" status heading into a major. That's good news for such a premiere event to have the iconic golfer back to his winning ways, and it's likely a boon for sports books as well as they rake in the wagers being placed this week for The Open.

Tom Watson is a 66/1 favorite to win the British Open while Chaz Reavie is a 500/1 longshot. Here's a quick look at the favorites among the field for the British Open courtesy of Bovada.

Official British Open odds:
Tiger Woods - 8/1
Lee Westwood - 14/1
Luke Donald - 14/1
Rory McIlroy - 16/1
Padraig Harrington - 18/1
Francesco Molinari - 30/1
Graeme McDowell - 30/1
Justin Rose - 30/1
Martin Kaymer - 33/1
Phil Mickelson - 33/1
Sergio Garcia - 33/1

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British Open 2012: Chez Reavie, Tom Watson In The Tournament Field

The 2012 British Open is set to begin on Thursday and Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win. Chez Reavie and Tom Watson are among the local headliners.

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