The 2013 Open Championship is now jus a few weeks away and the PGA’s elite players are gearing up for what is likely to be a close contest at Muirfield. Last weekend saw Billy Haas triumph at the AT&T National in Maryland while a resurgent Paul Casey landed the Irish Open to give him confidence later this month.

Yet there are better players ready to take on the Open challenge and here are our top three golf betting picks for the title:

Tiger Woods:
The clear favourite and for a good reason. Woods may still have the majors curse looming over his head but four tournament victories this season proves he is the man to beat at Muirfield. The American was in scintillating form at the Players Championship in May and although he grounded to a tied-32nd finish at the US Open he has the drive and putting head to make birdies this July.

Woods is a 7.50 favourite for fans who bet on golf and almost certain to make the Open cut.

Phil Mickelson:
Having finished second at the US Open for a sixth time in his career, Mickelson may think himself the unluckiest man in golf right now. The leftie is in fine fettle, however, having twice carded second and finished third in his previous four tournaments. He was desperately unlucky not to win at Merion last month but heading into the Open is certainly the in-form guy to back at 26.00.

Matt Kuchar:
A disappointing US Open shouldn’t overshadow Kuchar’s potential to win a major this season. The 35-year-old has two wins to his name this season and finished a shot behind winner Boo Weekly at the Crowne Plaza Invitational recently. Kuchar is a mesmerising player when on his game and has a knack of finding angles few players can achieve. On the Muirfield links he should have no problem driving to the greens and is a decent bet to place within the top five.

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