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US Open Golf 2013: Latest Odds and Betting Tips for Golf's Top Contenders

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 11:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 11, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVMarch 20, 2016

Are you ready for the U.S. Open at the historical and beautiful Merion Golf Club? 

Of course you are. We all are. The question is, do you know who to put your money on in this tournament? 

That's where I come in. 

While I can't magically pick a winner out of the sky, I can give you a breakdown of some of the big names in this tournament and a few reasons why they may be smart bets...and a few more reasons why you should stay away. 

Let's break down the contenders, folks.


Odds For Top Contenders

Graeme McDowell
Matt Kuchar
Rory McIlroy
Adam Scott
Justin Rose
Brandt Snedeker
Charl Schwartzel
Lee Westwood
Luke Donald
Sergio Garcia
Dustin Johnson
Jason Day
Jim Furyk
Keegan Bradley
Steve Stricker
Webb Simpson

Note: All odds via Bovada.


Betting Tips

I know that Tiger Woods has been excellent in 2013, winning four tournaments and finishing fourth at this year's Masters. I also know that he hasn't won a Major since 2008, which makes his 9-2 odds a bit expensive for my tastes. 

Look, Woods should be the favorite. He's been 2013's best golfer and he seems like he's this close to regaining his elite form of the past. Plus, he's a tactical golfer, which should play well on the older Merion course. But until he breaks through at a Major, I'm not sure I want to pay a premium for betting on Mr. Woods.

Phil Mickelson is coming off a strong finish at the St. Jude Classic, but he's been so up-and-down this year I wouldn't trust him. Ditto for Rory McIlroy, who comes into the U.S. Open on the heels of two rough tournaments.

Graeme McDowell is being bet up because he finished second at this tournament last year and because his driving accuracy will play well at Merion, but he missed the cut at both the Masters and THE PLAYERS Championship this season.

Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar are each intriguing options, as both tend to manage a course well and look like the types of players who can handle Merion. And Adam Scott is fresh off his win at the Masters and has been very good this year, though this course could go against his playing style. 

In the end, backing smart, veteran players who can strategically maneuver a course is the way to go. Or roll with Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open last year and has played this course twice, which should give him an edge.  


My Prediction

I like Matt Kuchar. He's coming into this tournament red-hot, having won the Memorial and finishing second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He has the right type of game for the Merion course and is ready to break through at a Major.


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