Tiger Woods has been cut to 5/1 to win the Open Championship after opening up at Royal Lytham and St Annes with an extremely solid 65.
Woods started the tournament at 10/1 – the longest odds he’s been at this century to win a major –and he made the bookies sweat early on with four birdies on the front nine.
However, while his iron play was as crisp and solid as it’s ever been, he struggled to take advantage of his approach shots with the flat blade.
His missed several very makeable birdie putts throughout a round that included just one bogey and two missed fairways.
He rarely looked anything other than in complete control and, at three-under, he is very much in contention and looks like he has a very low round in him.
After a brilliant opening round of 64, the early leader though is Australian Adam Scott at six-under.
He’s been cut to 7/1 to win his maiden major after his low opening round that would have been even better had it not been for a bogey on the 18th.
Scott took advantage of the benign conditions early on to attack the pins on a track that is playing far more like a regular tour course than a traditional rolling links.
Meanwhile, 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie justified his billing as a dark horse for the championship with an excellent 65 on the par 70 course. He’s been cut to 16/1 to win his second claret jug.
Finally, Graeme McDowell matched Woods’ opening 67 despite – by his own admission – not having his best ball-striking round. He’s remained fairly steady at around 16/1 and looks in great shape.