Back to the Black: US Open Preview

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJune 17, 2009

FARMINGDALE - MAY 5:  The Bethpage State Park Black Course flag waves in the breeze in Farmingdale, New York on May 5, 2002. Black Course is the home of the 2002 US Open.  (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Who to take? Tiger Woods or the field? Traditional odds say you would have a better chance with the field considering there is a lot more people. But Tiger Woods alone changes odds, especially the way he is playing as of late.

If last week's victory at the Memorial wasn't a preview of what is to come this weekend then I don't know what is. A second-round 74 and he still wins the tournament. He is way too good.

Tiger is going to win the U.S. Open and that is a straight-forward fact. If you are betting in Vegas on the Open, take Woods. At the Memorial, he did shoot a 74 in the second round but then he came back with a 68 then a very impressive 65 in the final round to clinch the victory.

Why not take Phil? He's being cocky. He hasn't even shown up yet. He's too busy in San Diego with his family celebrating his birthday instead of concentrating on what's ahead. Tiger is in a great state of mind going into the weekend and Phil isn't anywhere to be found at the Black.

If Tiger can win the Open at Torrey Pines after 91 holes basically on one leg, who knows what Tiger is capable of completely healthy at a course he has won before? Don't forget Tiger won the US Open at Bethpage Black back in 2002. Tiger won by three strokes with a 67-68-70-72. Runner up was Phil Mickelson.

Basically, Tiger is the man to beat. He will always be the man to beat. Whether he is playing on one leg or on both, he will always be the favorite going into ANY golf tournament.