The last nine major champions on the PGA Tour have been first-time major winners. Could one of these massive longshots be the 10th straight at the 7,086-yard, par-70 Royal Lytham & St Annes course this week? Here's a look at some of the bigger posted lines to win the 2012 British Open . . .
The Englisman has a pair of Top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season and is eighth in greens in regulation. He finished tied for 23rd at Royal Lytham in 2001.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano -- 200/1 at Bovada
Bunkers are everywhere, and they are treacherous at Royal Lytham. Fernandez-Castano is second on the European Tour in sand saves.
Greg Chalmers --250/1 at Bovada
Second on the PGA Tour in sand saves, Chalmers held off Tiger Woods and John Senden to win last year’s Australian Open.
Adilson Da Silva: -- 1000/1 at Bovada
On a course that demands accuracy off the tee, Da Silva leads the European Tour in driving accuracy at 85 percent.
Odds & Ends
Prop bets of note from the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook.
Winning Score: Over/Under 274.5 (-5.5).
David Duval won with a score of 274 in 2001.
Will there be a hole-in-one? Yes (-110) / No (-110).
There are four par-3s, averaging 189.25 yards.
Lowest completed round: 64.5 Over (-140) / Under (+120).
There is an 80 percent chance of rain on Thursday and Friday, but winds will be relatively tame and are expected to be less than 10 mph for the first three rounds. Winds could pick up for Sunday's final round, though.