Tiger Woods is the heavy betting favorite to win the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. The 14-time major winner is coming off a memorable come-from-behind victory at Memorial and the long, narrow fairways and deep rough of the club give Tiger an advantage over the field.
Not because Tiger is the best equipped to hit each fairway, but because nobody can turn nothing into something better than he can. Plus, the final three holes give golfers a great chance to score under par after a brutal early layout.
You won't find a great payout from Woods who's currently favored at 13/2 by Bovada, but he is the favorite to win and worth looking at.
As for the rest of the field, there are some players who offer great prices.
Bubba Watson (50-1)
Bubba has everything working against him right now. The last time a golfer won the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year was Tiger Woods in 2002 and it is far from a frequent occurrence.
Not only does he have that pressure on him, but he's opening the tournament in a pairing with Tiger and Phil Mickelson—it really doesn't get more difficult than that.
But Bubba defied the odds at Augusta and we could see him do it here too. At 50-1 you don't have much to lose.
Rickie Fowler (33-1)
Fowler crumbled in the final round at the Memorial, but he had strung together four top-10 finishes before that including a win at the Wells Fargo and a second-place finish at the Players Championship.
That final round meltdown might've actually be a blessing in disguise, a wake-up call if you will.
Who Is a Better Bet?
He's not yet won a major and that could weigh on him, but he's as intriguing an option as there is in the field.
Phil Mickelson (20-1)
Lefty has never won this major, but has finished second five different times in his career. Could this be the year he breaks through?
He withdrew from the Memorial after a heinous 79 after the first round and hasn't won a tournament since Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.
That said, he's gotten the better of Tiger when playing together recently and the early pairing could help the four-time major winner regain form.
At 20-1, he offers enough of a price to take a shot on him.