2013 US Open: Championship Betting Odds and Picks

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJune 12, 2013

2013 US Open: Championship Betting Odds and Picks

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    Tiger Woods is the 9-to-2 betting favorite to win the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., with the first of four rounds starting on Thursday.

    Golf handicappers are going to have a hard time picking a winner for this tournament, considering that few players in the field have played a competitive round on this par-70, 6,996-yard course.

    Let's take a closer look at six golfers who offer betting value in spoiling Woods' attempt at capturing his fourth Open and 15th major overall, while picking a winner along the way.

    Odds courtesy of William Hill 

Henrik Stenson

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    Henrik Stenson is a playable option to prove victorious in the 113th U.S. Open, as he ranks second in driving accuracy and third in greens-in-regulation on the PGA Tour this year.

    The 37-year-old's best finish was ninth in this event in 2009, while his scoring average is 73.15 overall in six previous starts.

    Odds to win: 60-1 

Sergio Garcia

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    Sergio Garcia ranks second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained-putting, which is a very important statistic when trying to win a major.

    The 33-year-old Spaniard has four top-10 finishes in this event, but I'm not interested in backing him just a few weeks removed from his childish comments towards Tiger Woods.

    Odds to win: 28-1 

Brandt Snedeker

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    Brandt Snedeker seems to have all the tools in his game to capture the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, which includes ranking second on the PGA Tour in rough proximity.

    I'm expecting the 32-year-old to get off to a fast start, as he ranks 16th in first-round scoring average at 69.83.

    Odds to win: 22-1

Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood has five top-five finishes in the U.S. Open, which makes him a dangerous underdog at any price this weekend.

    He sits third on the PGA Tour in scrambling this year—far better than his 189th ranking in that particular category in 2012.

    Odds to win: 22-1 

Graeme McDowell

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    Graeme McDowell leads the entire PGA Tour in driving accuracy in 2013, which makes him an attractive option on a golf course that is virtually unknown to the field.

    The 33-year-old won this event in 2010, and is a seven-time winner on the European Tour.

    Odds to win: 20-1

Justin Rose

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    Justin Rose is my pick to win the 2013 U.S. Open, as he ranks first in greens-in-regulation from 200-plus yards, which is a very important category on a golf course filled with challenging par 3s.

    He has a scoring average of 72.95 in this event—finishing fifth in 2003.

    Odds to win: 22-1