2012 US Open Golf Betting Odds
Hailed as “Golf’s Toughest Test” this year’s 112th US Open begins round one Thursday June 13th. 156 golfers will compete this weekend at The Olympic Club in San Francisco to be named champion. Last year’s winner Rory McIlroy will be returning along with golf’s other big names to challenge the course which boasts of treed fairways, small greens and plenty of bunkers.
While Rory McIlroy will surely contend for a repeat, it is Tiger Woods who is the odds favorite to win at 10/1. Lee Westwood (16/1), Rory McIlroy (16/1), Luke Donald (18/1) and Phil Mickelson (22/1) round out the top five favorites. Two weeks ago Tiger came from behind to impress everyone and win the Memorial Tournament. His former coach has emphasized that watching Woods at the Memorial gave him confidence that Tiger is swinging the best he has in years. But this season has been a twister for Woods. Finishing low at the Masters and The Players Championship Tiger has been prone to one good week followed by a lull; if this pattern holds true it does not bode well for Tiger’s chances. This course will certainly be a hard go for the inexperienced but Tiger now has 73 PGA Tour victories and seems to be acting the part of a winner around the club house this week. Tiger will be partnered with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson for the first two days of play and is confident that he can win this tournament.
Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy will begin the Open as a pairing. Earlier in the week McIlroy said he was committed to using his driver often despite the narrow fairways, feeling that passive play would not win him this championship. A win at the US Open will give McIlroy a big boost in his chase to be number one in the standings; a title he has come out and said he wants to hold. Right now he is chasing Luke Donald for the No. 1 position and Donald has never played this Olympic Club – Lake Course before. Donald noted that having played with this exact pairing a few times this year he is comfortable and sees it as neither a benefit nor a distraction. Expect Donald to leverage his confidence as the number one player to help him through tough spots on the course. Lee Westwood will face somewhat unique challenge this weekend, although not one he is unfamiliar with. After winning a tournament in Sweden last weekend he had to hurry over to the United States and has admitted that his body is still out of sorts and jet lagged.
As two recent US Open champions, Tiger and Rory should be a pleasure to watch. They will be playing alongside some great competition and fellow contenders for this year’s championship. Tiger Woods is the clear favorite on the books and in the media; a great weekend for golf fans.