Monday, July 28, 2008

2008 Women's British Open Odds.

Well, what do you know? A British Open we can actually call the British Open. The R&A, for whatever reason, hasn't sunk their fangs into this one yet, hence not the Women's Open Championship. Truth be told though, the official moniker is the RICOH Women's British Open.

Let's handicap the final women's major of the year. As is our habit, Average Golfer relies on the good folks at Ladbrokes to provide current odds. They provide the numbers, I provide the witty repartee and invaluable insight. Let's examine the top 15 in the eyes of the bettors.

Lorena Ochoa, 3/1 .....Sure, the favorite, but outside the top ten last week and not quite up to her usual domination. Of course she can win, but don't like the odds.

Annika Sorenstam, 12/1 .....Playing well tee to green. Not the putter we're accustomed to. Could win, but don't see her as 2nd favorite.

Paula Creamer, 16/1 .....Would have her ahead of Annika. Multiple wins this year and this is on an American, target style course. Consider her one of the favorites. Obviously.

Na-Yeon Choi, 20/1 .....#1 tour rookie. T2 last week, T3 the week before. On a hot streak. Can win. Tough to make a major your 1st victory though.

Suzann Pettersen, 25/1 .....Threat to win anywhere, anytime. Can overpower a golf course. Disappointing T20 last week. Can win.

Ya-Ni Tseng, 25/1 .....Cool beyond her years. Already has one major in her stable. Why not another? Can win.

Angela Park, 33/1 .....Beautiful golf swing. 2nd last week. Third at US Women's Open. She's due, overdue. Could win.

Cristie Kerr, 33/1 .....6th last week. Peaking at the right time. Pressure won't affect her. Possible, but too many ahead of her this year.

Eun-Hee Ji, 33/1 .....Another excellent rookie. Won Wegman's, T11 last week at Evian. Real shot here.

Jeong Jang, 33/1 .....Great mid-season. Slipping some of late. Could win, don't see it.

Ji-Yai Shin, 33/1 .....Owns all existing KLPGA records. Plays well internationally and in majors. Watch out for this young lady. Could win.

Karrie Webb, 33/1 .....Mediocre at best season by her standards. Still, expect her to elevate for a major. Won't win though.

Seon Hwa Lee, 33/1 .....Surprised she's not higher. Two wins this year including the Ginn Tribute. Could win.

Hee-Won Han, 40/1 .....T3 in putts per green. 4th at State Farm Classic. Not consistent though. Can't win.

Inbee Park, 40/1 .....Won the US Women's Open for Pete's sake. 40/1? A travesty. Can win.

The tournament's being held at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England. It's a target course not unlike what the ladies play week in and week out on the LPGA tour. The only thing resembling the men's version will be the British weather. Predictably unpredictable. Be ready tomorrow for Average Golfer's astute predictions.

Til' next,


  1. Thanks! A few corrections: Ochoa got yet another a top 5 at Evian; Pettersen's results may have been disappointing last week but they weren't surprising--she hardly ever plays Evian CC well; Ji's not a rookie (she's a Super Soph!). BTW, Jang has a WBO to her name already, so why not 2? Maybe b/c of a sore wrist that doesn't seem to have gotten better after an extended rest (at least going by her play at Evian).

  2. I fired my editor. Oops, I'm the editor. Thanks for the corrections.

    Jang's last five...T18, T3, T19, T11, T48. Not bad, should contend. I subscribe to the "What have you done last week" theory. Kind of.

  3. Thanks for posting the info.