2013 US Women's Open: Odds and Analysis

Fred AltvaterContributor IIJune 26, 2013

Na Yeon Choi won the 2012 U.S. Open
Na Yeon Choi won the 2012 U.S. OpenMary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The 68th U.S. Women's Open will be held this week at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Na Yeon Choi will defend her title. She collected her first major victory at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run.

Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course at Sebonack Golf Club, normally approach golf course design from two completely different views, but they incorporated their best efforts and co-designed this gem. It will give the players a difficult test and identify the best lady golfer in the land.

Lydia Ko is a 16-year-old golf prodigy from New Zealand. She has already won four professional titles as an amateur. Ko won the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and is ranked as the No. 1 amateur in the world.

Ladbrokes has rated Ko at 25/1 to win this week. She has proven that she can compete with the best golfers in the world and is a true threat to win this week at Sebonack. 

Can an amateur win one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world?

Yani Tseng is rated at 40/1 to win her sixth major championship. Just last year Tseng was the No. 1 ranked player in the world, had three wins early in 2012 and was expected to add more major hardware to her trophy case.

Tseng has fallen to No. 7 in the world, though. and seems to have lost her desire to be the best. Golf fans want to see her regain the world class form that made her the youngest golfer ever to win five major championships.

With the pressure off to perform as the No. 1 ranked player in the world, can Tseng rebound to win at Sebonack?

Karrie Webb is 38 years old and has been one of the best lady golfers in the world for 20 years. She won earlier this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and has moved to No. 8 on the Rolex Rankings.

Sebonack is just the type of golf course a wily veteran could excel on. At 25/1 she could be a good bet to win her eighth major title.

Paula Creamer is a 20/1 favorite to win this week. She won the 2010 U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont. Injuries have hampered her goal of winning more on the LPGA Tour. She seems to be playing well this year and could do well at Sebonack.

Creamer is not a long hitter, but controls her ball very well and is a solid putter. USGA sets up a golf course that demands a player be proficient in all aspects of her game. Creamer has the all-around game to win the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

So Yeon Ryu is one of the most consistent golfers on the LPGA Tour. She is coming off a runner-up finish, losing to Inbee Park at the WalMart NW Arkansas Championship last week. 

Ryu won the 2011 U.S. Open and has the perfect game for this type of course. She hits fairways, has a solid short game and is a very good putter. She has recently rededicated herself to win more, and a win this week would give her a second U.S. Women's trophy.

As mentioned earlier, Na Yeon Choi won the 2012 U.S. Women's Open and will defend this week. She is ranked No. 4 in the world and has five top-10 finishes this year on tour.

Experience, patience and a solid golf game are all required to perform well this week. Na Yeon Choi possesses all of these and is rated at 25/1 to repeat as U.S. Women's Open champion.

Jiyai Shin rated at 20/1 is a former world No. 1 and has won the Women's British Open twice. She is only 26 years old has 11 LPGA Tour wins. 

Shin also has finished inside the top five in all of the major championships. She is ranked No. 9 on the Rolex rankings and on the 2013 LPGA Tour money list.

Cristie Kerr is rated at 20/1 and has been a member of the LPGA Tour for 16 years. She has two major championship wins. She won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open and the 2010 LPGA Championship.

Kerr won earlier this year at Kingsmill and has climbed to No. 8 on the LPGA Tour money list. She is an excellent putter, and that should pay dividends this week at Sebonack.

Suzann Pettersen has been one of the hottest players in the world over the past few months. She has six top-10 finishes in 2013, including a win at the LPGA Lotte Championship. She has climbed to No. 3 in the world, and is also No. 3 on the LPGA money list.

She is rated at 12/1 to win her first U.S. Women's Open and her second career major title. The only question for her is if she will maintain her patience to withstand the big numbers that will surely occur on this course.

Stacy Lewis was the 2012 LPGA Tour's Player of the Year and is ranked as the No. 2 player in the world. Lewis has nine top-10 finishes including two wins in 2013. She is very consistent and has no weakness in her game. 

She is a 10/1 favorite to win her second major title this week. Lewis wants to regain the No. 1 ranking in the world. A win at the 2013 U.S. Women's Open would be a good start to catch Park.

Inbee Park is the hottest golfer, man or woman, in the world. She has five wins this year and has 19 top-10 finishes in her last 27 starts. She is the No. 1 ranked golfer on the Rolex Rankings and also No. 1 on the LPGA Tour money list.

Her putting has been off the charts and could prove to be the most important factor at Sebonack this week. Park has won the first two major titles on the women's tour this year with victories at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship.

She is the only player that has a chance to win the "Penta Slam" in women's golf. Rated at 5/1 by Ladbrokes, she is clearly the favorite to hoist the U.S. Women's Open Trophy on Sunday evening.