by Mark Mayer | Kenny Perry, arguably the hottest player on the PGA Tour, is opting to stay in USA and pass up the British Open. Therefore Perry is the 8-1 favorite for Thursdays start of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, while Phil Mickelson heads over to Scotland as the 8-1 favorite in the Barclays Open.
Most of the British Open contenders will be playing at Loch Lomond including Ernie Els, who is the second choice to Mickelson at 10-1. Former UNLV standout Adam Scott and Englands Lee Westwood are next at 12-1. Lost in the Tiger Woods-Rocco Mediate playoff hoopla from the U.S. Open was the fact Westwood finished just one shot back playing in the final group.
Other top contenders in the Scottish Open are Henrik Stenson at 25-1, Miguel Angel Jimenez (30-1) and Colin Montgomerie (40-1). If you like real longshots, 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell of New Zealand is 250-1. In top individual matchups at the Las Vegas Hilton, Mickelson is a -115 favorite over Els (+105), Scott a -115 pick over Westwood (-105) and Jimenez a -115 choice over Ian Poulter (-105).
The second choice to Perry at the John Deere is Heath Slocum at 15-1. Australian Aaron Baddeley is next at 20-1, followed by Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson each at 25-1. Other notables that would pay big with a victory are Mark Calcavecchia (80-1), Jesper Parnevik (80-1) and David Duval (200-1), the worlds No. 1 player before Tiger. In the Hiltons individual wagering, Slocum is a -130 favorite over Watson (+110), Baddeley a -125 pick over Johnson (+105) and Pettersson a -115 choice over Clark (+105).
For payoffs on individual matchups, golfers must play the full 72 holes.