US Open Betting Tees Off on Thursday

The second major of the year tees off on Thursday morning, and golf betting fanatics surely won’t want to miss any of the action at Pebble Beach for the US Open.

The defending champion of this even is Lucas Glover, who is going to go off the board at +8000 at However, before jumping on board with the ’09 US Open champ, one must remember that this is a tournament that changes its venue every year. We are no longer at Bethpage Black, where Glover capitalized for one of his two career wins last year.

The last person to win a US Open played here at Pebble Beach was none other than Tiger Woods (+600 at The great Woods is proving that he is healthy and ready to go for the 2010 PGA betting campaign, and even though he isn’t seen all that much nowadays, his presence on the course is second to none on tour. Tiger nearly tamed the Masters earlier this year, finishing in fourth place. His ’08 US Open win was the most recent major that he had won.

Keep an eye on the other usual suspect in golf majors, Phil Mickelson (+700 at Lefty won the Masters earlier this year, capturing the Green Jacket for the third time. His marks in the US Open aren’t fantastic, but he does have three Top Ten finishes at this, the second major of the year, over the L/5 years. This is one of the two jewels of golf’s Grand Slam that Mickelson has not captured in his career, and he would love to see that change by the time that Sunday rolls around.

Over the L/10 years, there are five other past champions that are entering this event this weekend. ’07 champ Angel Cabrera is +6000, 2006 winner Geoff Ogilvy is +4000, ’05 victor Michael Campbell is +20000, ’03 champion Jim Furyk is +2800, and two-time winner Retief Goosen (’01 and ’04) is +3000. Other notables in this field include Ernie Els (+1400), Lee Westwood (+1400), Padraig Harrington (+1500), Steve Stricker (+2000), and Paul Casey (+2500). If Westwood does win this event, he will become the first man ever to win a tournament and follow it up the next week by capturing a major, as he won the St. Jude Classic last week.