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Open Championship 2013: Sky Bet push out odds on Tiger Woods

By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement.   Last Updated: 18/07/13 9:10am

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Tiger Woods: Sky Bet are taking him on

Tiger Woods: Sky Bet are taking him on

Sky Bet are happy to oppose Tiger Woods for the Open Championship amid continued concerns of his condition.

The bookmaker have taken the stance of pushing the 14-time major winner out from 8/1 to 11/1 in their 'Price Boosts'.

Woods has not won a major since triumphing at the US Open in 2008, while he last lifted the Claret Jug two years before that.

The 37-year-old, who has been struggling with an elbow problem, has not played competitively since the US Open last month, where he finished tied 32nd on 13 over par.

After initially attracting little interest from punters, Sky Bet are now starting to see more support for Woods after lengthening his price significantly.

Phil Mickelson's odds have gone in the other direction, plummeting from 25/1 to 16/1 second favourite following his Scottish Open win.

That shift has not deterred backers and the betting firm report Mickelson as the biggest loser in their outright book.

'Lefty' has warmed to the challenges presented by links golf in recent years and registered his best finish at the Open Championship as tied runner-up in 2011, although he failed to make the cut at Royal Lytham last year.

British hopefuls have typically been popular in the betting but not overwhelmingly so, with recent maiden major winner Justin Rose (18/1) and Graeme McDowell (25/1) attracting the most support.

However, faith seems to be waning in Lee Westwood (25/1) with a decline in stakes reported, while out-of-form Roy McIlroy is back at joint-eighth favourite in the betting at 28/1, double the price he was at the start of last year's edition.

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