2010 US Open Odds: Five Vegas Oddsmakers Got Wrong
With the U.S. Open starting tomorrow, there is sure to be millions of dollars changing hands over one of the biggest PGA tournaments of the year.
Golf is always a hard sport to pick a winner. With so many golfers competing in each event, nailing down the winner is almost impossible (Unless Tiger is on top of his game).
With that said, here are some of the odds that Vegas got wrong for this weekend. Whether it's 200-1 dark horse or a 10-1 favorite, Vegas can't be right all the time.
5. David Duval
While Duval hasn't won a major since 2001, it isn't a terrible idea to put money on him for the Open.
Duval is a dark horse candidate who did great last year in the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
With him making a late resurgence in his career, taking money on the 100-1 odds Duval presents isn't too bad of an idea.
4. Zach Johnson
At 50-1 odds, expect Johnson to outperform what oddsmakers are giving him.
He has performed pretty well this year and finished 12th in last week's St. Jude Classic.
He also has the knack for pulling out big victories. Johnson surprised everyone when he took home the Masters in 2007.
3. Rory McIlroy
McIlroy is currently one of the most popular golfers on the PGA. He is considered one of the most likely to break through with a major victory at Pebble Beach.
McIlroy's 28-1 odds are tied for fourth lowest, behind Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Westwood. Even though I agree McIlroy is a young stud, I don't see him pulling through during this year's Open.
The biggest issue is his inconsistency. McIlroy showed this when he missed the cut at the Masters following a great performance at Quail Hollow.
If he can shake off the inconsistency, the 21-year-old will pull out a major championship someday. Don't bet on it being at the Open.
2. Lee Westwood
For all the hard work and great performances Westwood has given us lately, he definitely deserves the 10-1 odds given to him.
But there's one thing that gets me about the odds. Westwood is on the cusp of winning a major and it looks like Pebble Beach can finally be the opportunity where he breaks through and takes one home.
He should be higher than third in the odds. There is no reason he should be behind Tiger Woods, which I'll talk about now.
1. Tiger Woods
I know odds are mainly based off world rankings, but there's no reason that Woods should merit the lowest odds at 7-1.
After everything that's gone on with Tiger, he would seem to be a great dark horse candidate for winning the Open.
I definitely wouldn't consider him the favorite, however. With 7-1 odds, no one should put money on Tiger this weekend. If you're trying to make a quick buck, throw it on someone else that has a chance of warranting you more money.