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There Has to Be a U.S. Open Favorite: A Fan's Take

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It is interesting to look west to Las Vegas for the favorites at the United States Open Golf Championship. The guys in Vegas are interested in people making bets and then making money from those bets. I have not studied the history of the Las Vegas oddsmakers' success in golf majors but I know that they do very well in professional football and some other major sports. So for the purposes of this article I am going to assume that they know their stuff.

If Las Vegas does have a clue as to who the favorites are at the United States Open it is interesting to go through their favorites. If you look at one of the online betting sites here are the favorites at the time of this writing. Tiger Woods 7/4, Roy McIlroy 5/2, Lee Westwood 4/1, Luke Donald 7/2, and Phil Mickelson 4/1. When I checked a few days ago no one else had odds of less than 28/1. Now there are a couple of additional players at 8/1 and some at 10/1, but let's focus on the betting favorites.

I know that Rory McIlroy is the number two player in the world and that he played well at Memphis. However, do you remember that he had missed three cuts in a row previously, with two of them on the PGA Tour? I am not sure that he is going to defend his U.S. Open title.

Luke Donald has been trading the number one position in the rankings back and forth with McIlroy this year. Do you expect Luke Donald to win the United States Open? I don't, but maybe that's just me.

What about Tiger Woods? No one has better odds than Tiger of winning the U.S. Open, not even McIlroy. It would stand to reason that Tiger's odds would improve in the weeks after he wins a tournament. However, before the victory Woods was certainly not in my top three or four contenders for the U.S. Open title. Is Tiger back? I would not risk my money on it just yet.

Lee Westwood is coming off a victory at the Nordea Masters. While he has certainly played well in the majors recently, he has yet to claim that first major championship title. If he wants to win at the Olympic Club he will have to ensure that his head is clear of his past memories from that course.

Phil Mickelson is also a favorite among oddsmakers. Mickelson certainly has a history at the U.S. Open but he has never won the title. I would like to see Mickelson win a U.S. Open but I am not going to bet that he will hoist the trophy in 2012. I am not sure that I would bet on any of the other favorites either.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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