Mon Aug 12 01:20pm EDT
We are 240 days until the start of the 2014 Masters (the countdown to Augusta is right here), but that doesn't mean preliminary odds aren't out for the first major of next year.
Tiger Woods, who hasn't won a major in over five years, leads the odds at 5-to-1, with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott is 15-to-1.
PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is 30-to-1 to win.
Check out the rest of the odds after the jump, and let us know which number you think has value.
Mon Aug 05 01:41pm EDT
It's PGA Championship week, and after Tiger Woods' win at the Bridgestone Invitational the odds have moved more in his favor.
Tiger is a 7-to-2 favorite to snag his 15th major championship, with Phil Mickelson coming in at 12-to-1 and Adam Scott landing at 18-to-1.
The rest of the odds are after the jump, so let us know which odds you like and who you think has the best shot at snagging the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
Fri Aug 02 05:34pm EDT
While the Bridgestone Invitational still has 36 holes to go, a lot of the focus in the golf world is on the final major of the year.
The PGA Championship kicks off next week, and the PGA of America has already released the tee times for all the players for the first two rounds. Tiger Woods will be paired with two former winners of this event, Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III, while the three major winners of 2013, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, will go off together at Oak Hill.
The rest of the tee times are after the jump, but give us what threesome you'd most want to follow if you were headed to the year's final major.
Mon Jul 15 08:51am EDT
It will be a major-heavy, and very popular, opening round pairing for Tiger Woods, who is set to try and win his fourth British Open on Thursday alongside Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.
McDowell, a former U.S. Open winner who won two weeks ago at the French Open, finished T-5 last year at Lytham. He is searching for his first Claret Jug, while Oosthuizen will be trying to add a second to his resume (he has no other top-10s besides that win in 2010 at St. Andrews).
The star-studded threesome will go out at 2:45 p.m. local time on Thursday (9:45 a.m. ET), and 9:44 a.m. local time on Friday (4:44 a.m. ET).
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will be paired together with Hideki Matsuyama, going opposite the Tiger grouping, with a 9:44 a.m. local time tee time on Thursday and 2:45 p.m. local time on Friday.
What are some of the other exciting pairings for this Open Championship?
Defending champion Ernie Els will be paired with Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker, while the bombers are together again with Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts getting grouped for both Thursday and Friday.
Some other cool pairings? Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and Fred Couples bring in the oldies-but-goodies group, while Russell Henley, amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick and John Deere champion Jordan Spieth bring in the opposite end of the age spectrum.
The actual Thursday tee times, with times Eastern, are right here.
1:32 a.m.: Peter Senior, Lloyd Saltman, Oliver Fisher
1:43 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Todd Hamilton, Ben Stow
1:54 a.m.: Thomas Aiken, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bud Cauley
2:05 a.m.: Mikko Ilonen, Brooks Koepka, Ashun Wu
2:16 a.m.: David Duval, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood
2:27 a.m.: Scott Stallings, Stewart Cink, Richard McEvoy
2:38 a.m.: K.J. Choi, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jimmy Walker
2:49 a.m.: Ben Curtis, Shane Lowry, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
3 a.m.: Jonas Blixt, Brian Davis, Graham DeLaet
3:11 a.m.: Robert Garrigus, John Senden, Marc Warren
3:22 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Garrick Porteous, Jason Day
3:33 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Jason Dufner, David Lynn
3:44 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Dustin Johnson
4 a.m.: Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Fred Couples
4:11 a.m.: Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker
4:22 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, Billy Horschel
4:33 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Richard Sterne, Nick Watney
4:44 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson
4:55 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Tim Clark, Kevin Streelman
5:06 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Shingo Katayama, Thomas Bjorn
5:17 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas, Tano Goya
5:28 a.m.: George Coetzee, Ken Duke, Mark Calcavecchia
5:39 a.m.: John Huh, Brendan Jones, Hyuang-Sung Kim
5:50 a.m.: Josh Teater, Steven Tiley, Jimmy Mullen
6:01 a.m.: K.T. Kim, Steven Jeffress, Luke Guthrie
6:12 a.m.: John Wade, Gareth Wright, Makoto Inque
6:33 a.m.: Danny Willett, Y.E. Yang, Johnson Wagner
6:44 a.m.: Thaworn Wiratchant, Lucas Glover, Oscar Floren
6:55 a.m.: Boo Weekley, Sandy Lyle, Niclas Fasth
7:06 a.m.: Marcus Fraser, Grant Forrest, Mark O'Meara
7:17 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Thongchai Jaidee, Fredrik Jacobson
7:28 a.m.: Justin Leonard, Rhys Pugh, Marc Leishman
7:39 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Kyle Stanley, Alexander Noren
7:50 a.m.: Russell Henley, Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick
8:01 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Michael Thompson, Richie Ramsay
8:12 a.m.: Vijay Singh, Darren Clarke, Martin Laird
8:23 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Henrik Stenson, Steven Fox
8:34 a.m.: Thorbjorn Olesen, Jim Furyk, Paul Lawrie
8:45 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Harris English, Stephen Gallacher
9:01 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia
9:12 a.m.: Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald
9:23 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Hunter Mahan
9:34 a.m.: Peter Hanson, Hiroyuki Fujita, Bill Haas
9:45 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen
9:56 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Branden Grace, Jamie Donaldson
10:07 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Toru Taniguchi, Bo Van Pelt
10:18 a.m.: D.A. Points, Brett Rumford, Marcel Siem
10:29 a.m.: George Murray, Mark Brown, Justin Harding
10:40 a.m.: Gregory Bourdy, Scott Jamieson, Shiv Kapur
10:51 a.m.: Scott Brown, Satoshi Kodaira, Gareth Maybin
11:02 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Eduardo De la Riva, Kenichi Kuboya
11:13 a.m.: Stephen Dartnall, Darryn Lloyd, Daisuke Maruyama
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Mon Jul 08 10:49am EDT
It's crazy to think, but we are a week away from the third major championship of 2013 (Didn't it seem like only yesterday that Adam Scott was making clutch putts to win the Masters?).
On July 18 the best in the world will take on Muirfield, and the odds, courtesy of golfodds.com, keep updating.
Tiger Woods, who skipped out on the AT&T National due to an injury he suffered at Merion, is still the favorite but some of the other big names are right behind him.
The struggling Rory McIlroy is 20/1, as are the two major winners from this season, Justin Rose and Scott.
The rest of the odds are after the jump, so check them out and let us know what value you like.
Mon Jun 17 10:47am EDT
While thoughts on the U.S. Open are still wrapping up, we are just a few weeks away from the third major championship of 2013.
The British Open kicks off on July 18, and goldodds.com has released the favorites for the Claret Jug. Tiger Woods, who just came off his worst finish at a major, leads everyone at 7-to-1, with Rory McIlroy coming in at 12-to-1 and the two major winners of 2013 both landing at 20-to-1.
It's pretty interesting that Tiger is such a high favorite considering how he just played at last week's U.S. Open. Woods' final score of 13-over par is his highest score ever at a major championship as as professional. On top of that, it has now been five years and counting since Woods last won a major so it's a pretty crazy number to give the man even if he has four PGA Tour wins this season.
The rest of the odds are after the jump, but give us your early favorite to win the one major held outside the United States.
Sat Jun 15 08:24pm EDT
There has never been a man that has come closer to winning the U.S. Open than Phil Mickelson. The bridesmaid at this major championship, it has always seemed that the U.S. Open is the one event that Mickelson wants the most but the one he might never get. With Phil leading by a shot at Merion heading into Sunday, we look back at the five second place finishes he's had over the years at this event.
1999 U.S. Open -- While Phil Mickelson had finished high in majors prior to the '99 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, he hadn't really contended for a major championship. Mickelson headed into the final round a shot back of Payne Stewart, and the two battled hard over the final 17 holes before landing on the famed 18th. Mickelson had a birdie putt on the final hole to tie Stewart, but he couldn't convert, leaving Stewart a 15-footer for par to win his second U.S. Open and third major championship. Stewart hit a great putt, it dropped and while the defeat was tough for Mickelson, it was Payne that grabbed Phil by the cheeks and told him, "You're going to be a father!"
2002 U.S. Open -- The fans might have been rooting the hardest for Phil at Bethpage Black, but it was simply Tiger Woods' golf tournament to win, which he did, beating Mickelson by three shots. The 2002 U.S. Open was Mickelson's third straight top-three finish in a major championship.
2004 U.S. Open -- The final round at Shinnecock looked like it might be a surprise U.S. Open victory for Mickelson. He started the day two shots back of Retief Goosen, but slowly made up ground, taking the lead away from the South African with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. It was the par-3 17th that left Mickelson fans shaking their heads, as Lefty three-putted from five feet for a double-bogey, eventually losing by two shots to Goosen.
2006 U.S. Open -- Is there a better way to sum up this U.S. Open at Winged Foot than Mickelson saying, "I'm such an idiot" after he finished? Phil stood on the 72nd tee box needing just a par to win, but blew his drive well left off a hospitality tent, hit a poor punch shot and made a double-bogey, missing out on a playoff with Geoff Ogilvy by a shot.
2009 U.S. Open -- It was Phil's great return to Bethpage Black, and his incredible eagle on the par-5 13th on Sunday tied him for the lead with Lucas Glover. Mickelson then went on to miss a short birdie putt on No. 14, three-putt No. 15, missed another short putt on No. 16 and bogeyed 17. He would lose to Glover by two shots at the golf course that looked like the perfect place for him to pick up his first U.S. Open victory.
Fri Jun 14 08:49pm EDT
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• Billy Horschel, a winner already on tour this season and a man who has made all but one cut in 2013, fired a 3-under 67 to get into red figures heading into the weekend.
• It wasn't the type of day that Phil Mickelson wanted, but a birdie on his final hole, his only birdie of the day, put Mickelson in the final group with Horschel as the only two men in red figures.
• Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were paired together for the first two days, and if there was ever a time to compare the two, it's this week. The top two players in the world both shot rounds of 73-70, with the latter being good enough to slowly move up a leaderboard that is heavy with bad second rounds.
• His score isn't the only headline that involves Tiger. Woods, who has winced a few times after golf shots, seems to have injured himself in the rough at Merion. He isn't saying much about it, but he has definitely grabbed his left arm and elbow a few times and continues to play through the pain.
Billy Horschel was not a household name before the 2013 PGA Tour season, but the kid has really turned it on this year. A T-2 in Houston was impressive, and he broke through in New Orleans for his first PGA Tour victory.
On Friday Horschel kept the dream season going with a round of 3-under 67, the only person in the clubhouse in red figures. Horschel hit all 18 greens in regulation on Friday and looks as confident as anyone on the grounds at Merion. Horschel now sits at 1-under for the week.
While Tiger and Rory did themselves a big favor by posting rounds of 70 to move past nearly 30 golfers, it was Steve Stricker and Justin Rose that made big leaps up the leaderboard with their rounds of 1-under 69. There were just three rounds in the 60s on Friday, with Stricker and Rose owning two of them.
Tiger Woods can avoid talking about his left arm and elbow, but these pictures speak for themselves. Woods is definitely in pain here and you can see it on his face.
• Graeme McDowell was one of the former U.S. Open winners that will not be around this weekend, and that has everything to do with his seven double-bogeys he accumulated in just two rounds at Merion. McDowell had made just seven double-bogeys all season heading into the U.S. Open, so it wasn't the best of weeks for a guy whom a lot of people had on their short list of players to watch.
• The list of U.S. Open winners who won't be around for the weekend is lengthy; McDowell, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, with Zach Johnson joining them as a Masters winner that will be leaving Merion early, something Johnson apparently is fine with considering what he said of the course setup after his second round.
This shot by Justin Hicks was simply nothing but net.
Carl Pettersson had an interesting situation on the 5th hole on Friday at Merion. As he was about to pull the trigger on his shot an errant shot from No. 2 came his way and collided with his golf ball.
With the horn sounding on play for the second day in a row, there will be plenty of golfers who have to come out early on Saturday to finish their second round.
With that, nobody really knows what the cut line is, but we do know about the leaders and what will have to happen in the third round. Plenty of pars, take your medicine when needed and try to avoid the big numbers.
That will be the plan on moving day, where we will know plenty more when the golfers finish their second rounds early on Saturday at Merion.
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Wed Jun 12 10:37am EDT
Gone are the days of Tiger Woods' absolute dominance at major championships. After 1999 it seemed that any major that Tiger teed it up at, he was not only going to win but win by a lot, and when he didn't win we were all left scratching our heads wondering how the heck a guy like Rich Beem beat him. But in 2013 Tiger has returned to form, and his golf game, despite a poor showing at the Memorial, has been downright scary. This week marks five years since Tiger last won a major championship, and we look back at each major he's played in and focus on what went wrong for Woods as he's searching for that elusive 15th major championship.
2008 British Open and PGA Championship -- It was on the heels of that epic U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines that Woods announced he would be out the remainder of the PGA Tour season because of a knee surgery. With Woods out, Padraig Harrington took over his role, winning both these major championships, his second and third in just over a year.
2009 Masters -- Woods did all he could in the final round at Augusta National, but his 4-under 68 on Sunday just wasn't enough to catch the leaders as he returned to the major scene. Woods would finish a respectable T-6, four shots back of a playoff between Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry and Angel Cabrera that was eventually won by Cabrera, his second major win of his career.
Mon Jun 10 12:22pm EDT
It's U.S. Open week, and odds continue to change for who is expected to win this second major championship of 2013.
The last time we looked he was a 7/2 favorite and then moved to a 9/2 favorite after his play at Memorial, and it looks like the final numbers will have Woods at 4/1.
Some odds we like? Phil Mickelson at 20/1 doesn't seem like a bad value after his play at the St. Jude, and I don't hate Dustin Johnson at 40/1 considering he got a good warm-up last week as well.
What value do you see here? Odds are after the jump.