US Open Golf Betting 2013

Tiger Woods’ return to prominence as the best player in the world of golf is thought to have occurred, however, until he wins another major, something he has not done since 2008 then the comeback will not be complete.

The 2013 US Open is where the bookmakers at least expect him to manage this though as the world number one has been made a huge favourite for the event at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore Pennsylvania.

The best price on Woods in the build-up to the event is 6/1 which is offered by the likes of Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, which in the context of a major that is a miniscule price. To put it into context with the rest of the field, his nearest competitors in the odds are the likes of Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson who are available at 22/1 with various bookmakers.

When you consider that former champions at the US Open like Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera are available at huge prices of 100/1 and 125/1 respectively then the 6/1 offered on Tiger looks especially small.

The event is being held at Merion where it was last held in 1981 when Australian David Graham won the competition. The weather is anything but set fair in Pennsylvania though and there is unlikely to be many low scores being put in this tournament. The 2012 event was won by Webb Simpson with a score of one-over par and that could be the kind of benchmark the players are looking at again this year.

US Open History

It is one of the four Major Championships of the Golfing calendar.  The US Open is played at various courses in the United States.

The first US Open was played in October 1895 on a short nine hole course in Newport, Rhode Island.  It was played in just one day. Both amateurs and professionals took part. Back in those days the competition was dominated by mainly experienced British players, then in 1911 an American played (John J McDermott) who went on to win it, from then on more Americans took part, subsequently it has become one of the four golfing Majors.

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156 players take part in the competition. It is open to any professional or any amateur player with a current USGA Handicap Index of not more than 1.4. This makes it a competition of particular interest in Golf Betting as it pitches the great against the good! Overall the Americans have had most of the success but South Africa have done well in the past, winning it five times since 1965.

The last three years has seen the Southern Hemisphere lead the way with South African, Retief Goosen winning it in 2004 followed by Michael Campbell from New Zealand taking the glory in 2005, then last year Australian, Geoff Ogilvy won the championship, the same year that saw its youngest ever player qualify, Tadd Fujikawa from Hawaii, aged just fifteen.
A European has not won it since British, Tony Jacklin did in 1970.

The winner of the US Open automatically becomes invited to play at the other Majors, The Masters, The Open Championships and the PGA Championships. Then they are exempt from qualifying for the US Open for ten years.
Prize money for the winner in 2006 was ,225,000.

Past US Open Winners:

  • 1997 Ernie Els, South Africa
  • 1998 Lee Janzen, United States
  • 1999 Payne Stewart, United States
  • 2000 Tiger Woods, United States
  • 2001 Retief Goosen, South Africa
  • 2002 Tiger Woods, United States
  • 2003 Jim Furyk, United States
  • 2004 Retief Goosen, South Africa
  • 2005 Michael Campbell, New Zealand
  • 2006 Geoff Ogilvy, Australia
  • 2007 Angel Cabrera, Argentina
  • 2008 Tiger Woods, United States
  • This year the US Open takes place on the Black Course at Bethpage New York, USA from June 15-18th.

    US Open Betting

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