The 2013 U.S. Open from Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and with the odds for the tournament already being released, it’s clear that players like Rory McIlroy will be sucker-bets on the tough course.
If you’re making a wager on this week’s major—one of the sport’s four biggest tournaments—all of the following players will be popular favorites whom fans must stay away from at the betting window.
Top Odds for U.S. Open
*For full list of odds, check Bovada.lv.
Rory McIlroy: 9-1 Odds
The odds for Irish superstar Rory McIlroy are currently set at 9-1, but unless you have some inside information that he has found his stellar swing and rhythm once again, this is a bet golf fans must avoid at all costs.
McIlroy is an incredibly popular bet after winning the U.S. Open in 2011, but with little success since and sporadic play from week to week, the Irish superstar’s trip to Merion this week will feature plenty of above-par play.
While there is always a chance that McIlroy finds his stride and dominates this tournament like he did in 2011 or 2009 (10th-place finish), the fact that he missed the cut in 2010 and 2012 proves he is the ultimate feast-or-famine pick this week.
Adam Scott: 16-1 Odds
Those placing wagers on the U.S. Open always check out which players are having success on the PGA Tour this year. With a win at the Masters earlier this year, the 16-1 odds on Adam Scott have people ready to place a bet on the Australian.
Not so fast.
Scott has never finished better than 15th at the U.S. Open and has missed the cut in six of the 11 years he has tried to make this tournament. That’s a horrible track record and the main reason gamblers should be looking elsewhere.
As momentous as Scott’s green jacket win at the Masters was for his career, the U.S. Open at Merion won’t be so kind to the talented player.
Luke Donald: 16-1 Odds
English golf sensation Luke Donald finished the 2006 U.S. Open tied for 12th. That was the best finish of the golfer’s career at this tournament, and with 16-1 odds placed on Donald’s game this week, those placing wagers would be smart to look elsewhere for a safer bet.
Since 2006, Donald has missed the cut three times, withdrawn from the tournament once and finished 47th and 45th in 2010 and 2011 respectively. That’s not good for any golfer but especially one who is a betting favorite.
Donald is also coming off a mediocre performance at the Masters (tied for 25th), and coupled with the tough course at Merion, the English star will struggle mightily at this year’s U.S. Open.