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Saturday at St. Andrews: Wagers to watch in third round of British Open

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Cameron Smith of Australia enjoys a two-shot lead heading into the third round of the British Open on Saturday at St. Andrews.

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Tiger Woods said goodbye to St. Andrews on Friday, perhaps for the last time in competitive play.

Woods carded a 3-over 75 to couple with his first-round 78, ending his stint at the 150th British Open by missing the cut at 9-over.

A teary Woods was hailed by the gallery as he came up the 18th hole and crossed the Swilcan Bridge.

It was an emotional day for the 15-time major winner and three-time British Open champion at his favorite course in the world.

As Woods departed, the field still in contention for the Claret Jug striated on Moving Day.

Cameron Smith fired a 64 to seize the lead at 13-under heading into the weekend. He is trailed by two shots by Cameron Young, who posted a 69.

There are plenty of big names in contention with Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland T-3 at 10-under and Dustin Johnson in fifth at 9-under. Scottie Scheffler and Tyrrell Hatton are T-6 at 8-under.

McIlroy, with four majors and one British Open under his belt, shot 68 Friday. Hovland shot 66. Johnson, twice a major champ, had a second-round 67. Scheffler, the 2022 Masters champion, carded a second consecutive 68. Hatton had a 66.

Plenty of intrigue remains to play out at the birthplace of golf.  

FrontPageBets analyzes interesting wagers in the offing for the third round of the final major of the season.

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings.)

Favorite to win: Cameron Smith (+160)

Smith's second round was nothing short of sensational. He birdied the first three holes en route to five on the front nine and six total. He added an eagle at the par-5 14th. The Aussie, who boasts wins at The Players and the Sentry Tournament of Champions as well as a T-3 at the Masters this season, is cooking with gas in Scotland. 

Pick to win: Rory McIlroy (+400)

The pride of Northern Ireland too struck for six birdies in the second round. He slipped with bogeys on No. 8 and No. 15 or he would have pressed for the lead even more intensely. McIlroy, second at this year's Masters, is looking for his third victory of the season.

Hole-in-one in Round 3 (+1000):

There has yet to be an ace at either the 187-yard, par-3 eighth hole or the 174-yard, par-3 11th hole in the 150th Open. Scoring average on both holes through two rounds are above par. 

Bogey-free Round 3: Smith  (+500)

Smith has just one bogey thus far in the tournament, coming on the 11th hole in Round 1. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to avoid trouble as the pressure mounts. 

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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters. 


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