Tiger still rules British odds

July 17, 2001 6:41 AM
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Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Tiger Woods opened as a solid 3-2 favorite to defend his British Open title beginning Thursday at Royal Lytham.

Woods, the top-ranked player in the world, saw his streak of four straight ”˜major’ championship titles snapped when he finished tied for 12th in the U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson moved ahead of David Duval as the second top choice at 15-1. Duval, who opened at 15-1, has slipped into a tie with Vijay Singh at 18-1.

Sergio Garcia, the hottest player entering the Open, is at 20-1. The Spanish star had two victories and tied for second in his last four events.

Tom Lehman, who won the last British Open held at Lytham in 1996, is at 35-1. United States Open champion Retief Goosen opened at 45-1.

Seve Ballesteros and U.S. Open runnerup Mark Brooks head the ”˜field’ at 3-1.

Boxing

Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley defends his title Saturday at Caesars Palace in a 12-round bout against England’s Adrian Stone. The fight will be Mosley’s third title defense since capturing the crown from Oscar De La Hoya last year. The 29-year-old Mosley has a record on 37-0 with 34 knockouts.

Stone, who celebrated his 30th birthday two days before the fight, has a ring record of 30-3-2 with 23 knockouts. Mosley is such a prohibitive favorite for the bout that Las Vegas Sports Consultants did not posted opening odds for the bout as of Monday. Prices for the Mosley-Stone fight range from $300 down to $50.

Tickets are also on sale at Caesars Palace for Friday’s fight card at the 5,000-seat Pavilion, featuring highly-regarded heavyweight Attila “The Hun” Levin (19-1, 16 KOs) against Ray Austin (15-2, 12 KOs). The other main event on the card is a heavyweight fight between Robert Davis (24-2, 14 KO) and Sedreck Fields (15-13, 12 KOs). Reserved seats are $20 to $40.

Hockey

The huge deal involving Jaromir Jagr has caused LVSC to alter the 2002 Stanley Cup odds for both Pittsburgh and Washington.

The Penguins went from 18-1 to 25-1 after dealing the NHL’s leading scorer to the nation’s capital. Washington, improving from 18-1 to 12-1, now owns a lethal 1-2 scoring punch with Jagr and Peter Bondra.

Stanley Cup champion Colorado is co-favorite at 9-2, along with New Jersey and St. Louis.

Player  

Open  

Now

Tiger Woods  

3-2  

3-2

David Duval  

5-1  

18-1

Phil Mickelson  

15-1  

15-1

Vijay Singh  

18-1  

18-1

Sergio Garcia  

20-1  

 20-1

Ernie Els  

20-1  

22-1

Davis Love III  

25-1  

25-1

Colin Montgomerie  

30-1  

25-1

Stewart Cink  

.30-1  

30-1

Tom Lehman  

35-1  

35-1

Angel Cabrera  

5-1  

35-1

Lee Westwood  

40-1  

40-1

Jesper Parnevik  

40-1  

40-1

Jim Furyk  

40-1  

40-1

David Toms  

40-1  

40-1

Darren Clarke  

45-1  

45-1

Paul Azinger