For the first time since 1981, Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. will host the 2013 U.S. Open.
The odds have been released for some of golf's biggest names, and here's your spoiler alert: Tiger Woods is the consensus No. 1 favorite to win his fourth Open championship.
Looking at the weather report for Merion, the first day of play appears to be a wet one for the field of contenders, as Mother Nature holds off for no one.
I already told you that Woods is the favorite to win the 2013 Open, but here are some odds for golf's most notable names.
Odds courtesy of Bovada.
Rory McIlroy (22/1)
Currently ranked No. 2 in the world, Rory McIlroy enters the 2013 U.S. Open without the momentum you'd like to have as a player entering a major tournament.
McIlroy hasn't fared all that well in recent tournaments, with his best finish being a tie for eighth place at the Players Championship. McIlroy finished tied for 57th at the Memorial Tournament and a dismal tied for 96th at the BMW PGA Championship.
ESPN's Justin Ray does a solid job of not harping on McIlroy's struggles and highlighting his success:
Despite winning the Open at 16-under par in 2011, McIlroy missed the cut at 10-over par last year and hasn't won a tournament yet this year.
If McIlroy can find his putting game, though, he'll have a chance to finish near the top of the leaderboard at Merion, but that's a big if.
Phil Mickelson (18/1)
The odds say Phil Mickelson has some of the best odds at winning this tournament, but history says it won't be a successful tournament for Phil.
Despite owning four major championships, Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open and has finished as runner-up three times in his career (1999, 2002 and '04). However, ESPN Stats & Info does have some promising information for Mickelson:
Mickelson did finish second at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but overall, it's been a slew of rough outings for Mickelson of late. Lefty missed the cut at the Players Championship and finished tied for 54th at the Masters.
The key to Mickelson's success will be his driver. If Lefty can find the fairway off the tee and utilize his short game to his advantage, he has a shot.
Adam Scott (22/1)
After winning the 2013 Masters, all eyes will be on Australian Adam Scott to see if he can win two consecutive majors.
It won't be easy, as Scott hasn't had the best of luck at the U.S. Open in years past. He missed the cut in 2010 and '11 and finished tied for 15th last year.
Since winning his first career major, Scott has struggled in the two tournaments he's entered. He placed tied for 13th at the Memorial and finished tied for 19th at the Players Championship.
Similar to Mickelson, Scott will have to be accurate with his driver off the tee to make it two consecutive majors. He's been playing consistent of late, but his average putting skills could ultimately hurt Scott's chances at Merion.
Tiger Woods (5/1)
Despite having never played in a tournament at Merion, Tiger Woods is your consensus favorite to win the 2013 U.S. Open.
It's been a lengthy five years since Woods won a major, which Fox Sports craftily made note of:
Woods has won the Open three times in his career (2000, '02 and '08), but he'll certainly have his work cut out for him on a new course.
Although he had a dismal finish in his most recent outing—a tie for 65th at the Memorial—Woods has won three of the last five tournaments he's entered (WGC Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship).
Woods has been driving the ball accurately off the tee—highlighted by an 82.14 percent accuracy mark at the Memorial—which should play well on a complicated course like Merion.
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