US Open betting festivities occur all over the place at various golf courses across the country, which makes it one of the most unique happenings all season long on the PGA Tour. This year, the second of the major tournaments takes place at Congressional Country Club in our nation’s capitol, as the best golfers in the world all tee off to make for great US Open picks.
Of course, one of the best golfers in the history of the sport, Tiger Woods won’t be playing in this event thanks to a plethora of injuries that caused him to withdraw from the TPC at Sawgrass just a month ago. Woods has won this event three times in his career, and he is the only American since Payne Stewart in 1999 to win this tournament at least twice.
That being said, the field is incredibly open. This might be the best chance in the world for Phil Mickelson (+1600) to complete this part of his career Grand Slam. “Lefty” already has three Green Jackets from his three championships at the Masters, and he has a PGA Championship as well in his career resume. Mickelson does have a win this year at the Shell Houston Open, but that is his only tournament win since the 2010 Masters. Of course, we know that Mickelson has the goods to be one of the best golfers in the world, and he can clearly win this event. Just look at some of these finishes over the past decade or so… He has a whopping five second place finishes and two fourth place finishes at the US Open since 1995, and he has two other Top 10 performances as well.
No one is really buying into the defending champion of the US Open, Graeme McDowell (+5700). McDowell only has one other Top 10 finish in his career in a Grand Slam event, and that came at the PGA Championship in 2009. He missed the cut at the Masters this year as well, marking the third time in the last five majors in which he didn’t make it to the weekend. Of course, that charge that McDowell had up the leaderboard last year was remarkable on the final Sunday of the event, as he overcame a three shot deficit and survived in spite of the fact that he had his worst round, a 74 to beat Gregory Havret by one stroke.
The time might be here for Lee Westwood (+1250) to finally claim his place in the sun with a victory in a major tournament. Westy has been around the block in major championships on a regular basis since 1997, and he does have some remarkable finishes. Just since 2000, he has a fifth and a third place finish at the US Open to go with his five other Top 5 finishes since that point. He also has three other Top 10s in major events, including a seventh place result at the US Open in 1998. Without Woods in the field, Westwood is the man to beat according to the US Open lines, though it is clear that his +1250 odds suggest that this field is incredibly open.
The rest of the favorites in this field include Luke Donald (+1300), Rory McIlroy (+2100), Dustin Johnson (+2400), Hunter Mahan (+2400), Steve Stricker (+2500), and Matt Kuchar (+2500).
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.