Every evening the Paddy Power Blog brings you a wrap-up of the days betting news
Golf: Tiger, Tiger burning bright(ish)
The real story of Day 2 of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes is Brandt Snedeker hitting a six under 64 to take the lead going in to the weekend on ten under. He’s not as big a seller though.
He’s also not the favorite. That honor goes to Adam Scott who trails the new leader by one after a second round 67 puts him on nine under par. The Australian is now 11/4 to lift the Claret Jug.
Right behind him in the betting but three shots back on six under overall is Tiger Woods. Without a Major victory since his US Open win in 2008, the American is currently the 3/1 second favorite.
On their way out of the tournament is Phil Mickelson who followed up his poor first round 73 with an even poorer 78, to leave on eleven over. Joining him is Paul casey who shot 79 today, defending champion Darren Clarke, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Cycling: Brit by Brit…
Bradley Wiggins remains on course to win the 2012 Tour de France, with just Sunday’s time trial stage to go, but today he played a supporting role to team-mate Mark Cavendish.
Wiggins played the roll of lead-out man to set up Cavendish’s sprint finish, which landed him his 22nd career stage win in the race. Putting him 4th in the all-time list.
If Chris Froome can defend the 36 second lead he holds over the Italian Vincenzo Nabili, then Britain will have a one-two overall finish as well as Cavendish closing in on stage wins record. That’s a Brit of alright.
Football: Robin’s no Reds breast…
Robin van Persie’s future remains very much still up in the air after Arsenal rejected Manchester United’s offer, believed to be below the £20m price needed to start serious negotiations.
Despite having just one year left on his contract the Gunners appear determined to milk as much out of his loss as they can, capitalizing on his excellent form last season.
Currently Manchetser City are the favorites to land his signature at 6/5 with Paddy Power but neighbors United are running them a close second in the book at 11/8. Juventus are next on the list at 4/1 before the prices and likelihood drops off with AC Milan back on 16/1.