Tiger Woods is injured, and Phil Mickelson has
never performed very well at the British Open, so that leaves South Africa’s
Ernie Els as the big Vegas favorite to win the major.
British Open odds.
Els went into The Open Championship at just 8/1 odds to grab
the trophy, which is something he did at this tournament back in 2002. Els has also had a lot of close calls at the event, with
three second-place results (1996, 2000, and 2004), two third-place finishes
(2001 and 2006), and a fourth-place finish at last year’s tourney at Carnoustie.
Mickelson falls in behind Els
on the odds list at 10/1, with Sergio Garcia at 12/1, and both Justin Rose and
defending champion Padraig Harrington at 15/1. Lee
Westwood, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott, Retief
Goosen, and Vijay Singh were all pegged at 20/1 odds
to get the win by Vegas, with Geoff Ogilvy and Luke Donald just a little
farther back at 25/1.
Other notables and their British Open odds this
week include Stuart Appleby (30/1), Stewart Cink
(35/1), Justin Leonard (35/1), K.J. Choi (35/1), Stephen Ames (40/1), and Mike Weir (40/1).
Miguel Angel Jimenez is a longshot at just 60/1 odds
to get the victory.
The start of the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale dominates the sports news on Thursday, but Major
League Baseball also swings back into action. There are four games on the
diamond Thursday, with the Mets at
The top pitching matchup will be in
(7-5, 2.47 ERA) will take on the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse
(11-2, 3.39 ERA). Peavy has allowed more than three
earned runs in an outing only twice this year – and it hasn’t happened since he
returned from the DL on June 12. The righthander is
coming off a strong outing against the Braves in which he tossed seven
scoreless innings and fanned seven hitters.
Lohse is 8-0 with two no-decisions over his last 10 starts,
allowing three or fewer earned runs in nine of those outings. The righthander also tossed seven scoreless innings in his last
trip to the mound, striking out three Pirates and giving up six hits in his 11th
Johan Santana, well rested since he wasn’t invited
to the All-Star Game, will start for the Mets on Thursday, and he’ll be looking
to help the team run its winning streak to 10 games. The lefthander blanked the
Giants on three hits over five innings in his final start of the first half,
but he’d gone winless over his six starts prior to that despite solid lines.
Santana is scheduled to face the Reds’ Johnny Cueto,
who lost the Cubs last time out.
There are three WNBA
games on the schedule for Thursday, with
they cruised to a 75-62 win over the Silver Stars. Parker tossed in 24 points
and grabbed 10 rebounds on the night.
Finally, there’s on Canadian Football League game on tap for Thursday, with
the Tiger-Cats out in
face the Stampeders.
is just 1-2 straight up and 1-2 against-the-spread so far this season, but the
one time they did cover was on the road.
is 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS, and they managed to cover in their only home contest.