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We size up various ways to bet Tiger Woods at The Open Championship this week (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

The 150th Open Championship begins this week in St. Andrews, Scotland, as top players from around the world meet at the birthplace of golf, the Old Course in Scotland, to compete for the Claret Jug and the title of Champion Golfer Of The Year.

Of those players, the legend himself, Tiger Woods looks to add to his impressive trophy collection.

Having played only two official tournaments since injuring his leg in a brutal car wreck some 18 months ago, Tiger is priced at sportsbooks as a betting longshot to contend. But there’s reason for optimism as he seeks his 16th major title.

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Having made the cut at both The Masters and the PGA Championship, Tiger skipped the US Open in order to rest and prepare himself for The Open Championship. After all, Tiger has won three British Opens, two of them coming here at St. Andrews.

It’s difficult not to romanticize the idea of Tiger winning his third Open at St. Andrews. He won the 100th US Open at Pebble Beach, and the parity between that championship at an iconic venue and this one at the birthplace of golf is hard to ignore.

I’ll be throwing a few dollars down on an outright win, and I’ll be spreading my action around in other markets as well.

These are my five favorite ways to back Tiger Woods at the 150th Open Championship.

Five Ways to Bet Tiger Woods at The British Open

1. Tiger Woods – Outright Winner +6500 (Caesars)

Here’s the angle. Tiger has won two Opens here. He’s rested, motivated, and knows this course better than anyone else in the field. His body gave out on him at both the Masters and the PGA Championship earlier this year, but the flatter terrain of the Old Course won’t be nearly as punishing.

I’m not suggesting you throw down an outrageous amount of money, but the window for betting Tiger Woods is getting smaller with each passing major. Now’s as good a time as any to back him to win.

While Tiger is widely available for +6000 as of this Tuesday publication, always make sure to shop for the best line for your bets. Anything lower than +5000 is a pass.

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2. Top-20 Finish +250 (Caesars)

As the saying goes, “It’s tough to win a golf tournament.”

As much as I’d like to see Tiger emerge victorious, it’s going to be a tall task this week. Rory, Xander, Zalatoris, Scheffler, JT, Spieth, Morikawa — that’s just a small sample of the guys in peak condition who will be looking to hoist the Claret Jug this week.

There is a version of this story that ends with Tiger winning the Open Championship, but for the realists out there, a more conservative bet in the Top-20 market might be more desirable.

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3. Tiger Woods to Make The Cut -119 (Circa)

Tiger has made the cuts in the two majors he’s played this year. In fact, he was inside the Top 10 after the first round at The Masters. And at the PGA? He was seemingly out of it early, only to fire a gutsy second-round 69 to make the cut.

In both cases, Tiger struggled over the weekend. But I feel that was largely due to the course conditions.

It’s hard to emphasize enough the difference in course setups between those two tournaments and the Old Course at St. Andrews. Both Augusta National and Southern Hills have major elevation changes on almost every hole. Someone nursing a gruesome leg injury would have a difficult time walking those courses four days in a row.

But the Old Course at St. Andrews? Links golf. Sloping fairways and greens to be sure, but without more than a few feet of elevation changes from its highest peak to its lowest valley.

Tiger should have a much easier time this week.

While Circa is dealing a better price on the ‘yes’ side of this prop, Caesars’ -140 is among the best we’re seeing at more widely available sportsbooks.

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4. Head-to-Head Matchups

The biggest bets I’m going to make on Tiger Woods are head-to-head matchups.

Tiger has a distinct advantage over anyone in the field that comes from playing the Old Course as many times as he has. There are only a few other golfers in the field, mostly past Open Champions, who can boast similar experience at the Old Course to Tiger Woods.

And that’s a serious edge on most courses, but in particular at St. Andrews. The Old Course requires patience. It requires technique. Almost every flag forces players to fire away from it and use the slopes of the green to get the ball close.

Tiger does that better than anyone. Look to bet him as an underdog in head-to-head matchups.

5. Tiger Woods – Best Past Champion +1400 (DraftKings)

One final prop bet for Tiger enthusiasts? You can make a bet on which of the Past Champions finishes highest on the leaderboard. And while Rory, Spieth, and Morikawa are in great shape, Tiger is simply too enticing a play at +1400.

And while it would be a minor windfall for my bank account if Tiger comes through this week, it would be an even bigger win for the golfing community as a whole. A Tiger Woods Open Championship victory at St. Andrews? That might just be the very thing the golf world needs right now.

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