Tiger Woods favored to win this year’s US Open
2012 US Open Betting Guide
The US Open is professional golf’s second Major tournament of the season and widely regarded by most experts as the toughest test of a player’s skill and ability of any tournament on the schedule. This year’s US Open returns to the Olympic Club in San Francisco for the fifth time in the history of this event.
Starting this Thursday with the first of four rounds, close to 150 of the best professional golfers in the world will begin their quest for one of the most sought after titles in the sport. The following is a brief look at a few of the top contenders along with their current odds to win this week as provided by Bovada.
Woods has been a perennial favorite in every Major he has played in for quite some time due to past form and the inflated perception of the betting public. After a momentum-building victory in the Memorial two weeks ago, he could have the necessary form to finally back these lofty odds up and snap his current drought in the Majors. Just as a word of caution, remember how hyped everyone was on Woods heading into the Masters after he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March. The result there was a tie for 40th.
Consistently dubbed as the best golfer to never win a Major you have to really question whether or not Westwood ever will win one, especially a US Open. At 39 years old time is not on his side and neither is his current form. He did finish third in this year’s Masters which adds some value to these odds, but a tie for 61st in the Players Championship in mid-May drains most of that value away. Put Westwood’s name on the back-burner until the pros cross the pond later this year for the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
It has been 22 years since Curtis Strange won back-to-back US Open titles, but if there ever was a player to duplicate that feat it would be McIlroy. He won last year’s tournament at Congressional with a ridiculous score of 16 under par and appeared to do it without even breaking a sweat. This 23-year old phenom is not nearly as driven as Woods was at that age, but he has the ability to turn it on when he needs to the most. Current form is not a value builder for these odds with missed cuts at the Players Championship and Memorial, but a tie for seventh last week in the St. Jude Classic was a step in the right direction.
Mickelson is another popular golfer whose odds are often driven down due to the past perceptions of the betting public and not his current form. That has never been truer than this season when it comes to his odds this week. Anyone who shoots a 79 and then withdraws from a tournament citing mental fatigue, which Mickelson did in the Memorial, has absolutely no chance of holding up to the rigors of playing four solid rounds in US Open course conditions.
The Best of the Rest
If you are looking for longer odds on a couple of golfers who add a ton of value with their current form look no further than Jason Dufner at 25/1 or Hunter Mahan at 40/1. Dufner is currently ranked first in the FedEx Cup standings and Mahan is ranked second.
Do not forget about Matt Kuchar at 28/1 or Bubba Watson at 50/1. Kuchar is coming off a victory in the Players Championship, which is widely regarded as golf’s fifth Major and Watson has been lying low since his amazing victory in this season’s Masters.
If you want to take a shot on a Wiley old veteran that may have one last charge left in him, then go with Jim Furyk at 33/1. Having won the US Open in 2003 he has already proven he can handle the pressure that comes with trying to win a Major.
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