US Open Golf 2013: Tiger Woods, Webb Simpson and Top Bets

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 10, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Tiger Woods walks on the 18th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club is sure to be one of the most exciting tournaments of the golf season, and the favorites have already emerged in an incredibly deep field. 

It's no surprise that we see Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson up at the top of the betting lines, but some up-and-coming golfers have found themselves near the top with those favorites. 

Let's take a look at golfers you should put your money on heading into Merion this weekend.

All odds courtesy of


Who to Put Your Money On

Tiger Woods: 4-1

It's no surprise that Tiger comes in as a huge favorite, as he's consistently shown over the course of his career that he's the world's best golfer.

When Woods tees off at Merion on Thursday, it'll mark five full years since the star has won a major. If he has anything to say about it, his long streak of no major wins will end exactly five years after his last major win. 

One minor concern for Woods is his recent play at the Memorial Tournament, where he posted one of the worst performances of his career (per CBS New York). But if the great form he's shown over the last year is any indication, he'll be right in the thick of things come Sunday's final round.


Adam Scott: 20-1

The Australian sensation finally got the elusive major he had come so close to acquiring in the past, winning the 2013 Masters in a stunning playoff. But that is only the start of what should be a great career for Adam Scott. 

Scott had a great year before winning at Augusta National, and he's shown no rust from his big win, as he looked great at The Players Championship and the Memorial. His game is only getting better.

He become the first Australian in the 77-year history of the Masters to win at Augusta, but that won't be the only history Scott makes in his career. Don't write off Scott to win his second major in consecutive fashion. 


Matt Kuchar: 20-1

Nobody, not even Adam Scott, is playing as well as Matt Kuchar right now. 

The 34-year-old is playing the best golf of his career in 2012 and 2013, seemingly asserting himself as one of the sport's elite. The odds are honoring that, placing him tied for second with Scott and McIlroy.

After a top-10 finish at the Masters, Kuchar followed with a second-place finish and a win in back-to-back weekends. His win at the Memorial was by far the most impressive feat of his season, as he held off a great field of golfers to win. 

But despite his successes, Kuchar has never won a major championship. With the U.S. Open breeding first-time major winners on seven of the last eight occasions, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see that again in 2013.


Webb Simpson: 40-1

U.S. product Webb Simpson hasn't shown a great deal of consistency in his career, but he does know how to save his best play for the U.S. Open.

The reigning champion has shown glimpses of promise since that epic moment in 2012, and you know he's hungry to defend his title. 

For the guy who won this event last year, 40-1 odds aren't too generous. It would undoubtedly pay off big time if you bet on Simpson and he came up with his second straight U.S. Open title


Top Bets (via

1. Tiger Woods: 5-1

2. Rory McIlroy: 20-1

T2. Adam Scott: 20-1

T2. Matt Kuchar: 20-1

5. Lee Westwood: 25-1

T5. Phil Mickelson: 25-1

T5. Brandt Snedeker: 25-1

T5. Justin Rose: 25-1


Other Notables: Luke Donald (30-1), Charl Schwartzel (30-1), Graeme McDowell (25-1), Sergio Garcia (40-1), Dustin Johnson (40-1), Jason Day (40-1), Jason Dufner (40-1), Jim Furyk (40-1).