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2013 US Open Betting

2013 U.S. Open PGA Major Tournament Preview

When: Thursday, June 13th 2013 – Sunday, June 16th 2013
Where: Merion Golf Club in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania

The 2013 U.S. Open will be played at the par 70, 6,996 yard course at the Merion Golf Club. The Open has been played four times previously at Merion, but the last time was 32 years ago (1981) when David Graham won with a final score of -7 (273 Shots).

Previously the winning scores at Merion in the US Open were Even (1971), +7 (1951) and +13 (1934). The course at Merion is going to be much shorter than a typical course for a major, but the last four holes including the par 4 (521 Yard) 18th will be tough.

Merion is a course that’s geared towards accurate golfers with an excellent short game. A big drive isn’t necessary, but golfers that will have success need to hit a high percentage of greens in regulation (GIR), have great approach shots and putting.

I also want to point out that the weather has been very rainy at Merion early this week due to Tropical Storm Andrea. Right now it looks like the course will be soft, which means the greens will be much easier to attack and a lower score should win.

Current Odds to Win the 2013 US Open

Tiger Woods (5/1) is the overwhelmingly favorite to win just like he was at the Masters in April. Matt Kuchar (18/1) comes into the event in better form than any other golfer and is the co-favorite to win. The odds on the top 25 golfers are listed below.

Bet365 Mobile (Non-USA)
Bovada Mobile (USA)
Tiger Woods5/19/2
Matt Kuchar18/120/1
Rory McIlroy20/120/1
Adam Scott20/122/1
Phil Mickelson20/116/1
Graeme McDowell 22/120/1
Justin Rose25/122/1
Lee Westwood28/128/1
Charl Schwartzel30/128/1
Brandt Snedeker33/128/1
Luke Donald33/133/1
Sergio Garcia33/133/1
Jim Furyk35/140/1
Jason Day40/140/1
Steve Stricker40/140/1
Dustin Johnson45/140/1
Webb Simpson45/140/1
Keegan Bradley50/140/1
Louis Oosthuizen50/150/1
Jason Dufner55/150/1
Matteo Manassero55/150/1
Hunter Mahan60/150/1
Henrik Stenson60/166/1
Bill Haas60/166/1
Rickie Fowler66/166/1

Will Tiger Woods Win His 15th Major & 4th U.S. Open Title?

Woods was T65 and shot a +8 in his last tournament, which was the Memorial at Muirfield Village. He shot a 79 at the Memorial in the 3rd round, which was his worst score in a single round ever. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he can bounce back.

Tiger ranks 75th in driving accuracy (61.22%), 35th in GIR (67.46%) and 5th in strokes gained putting. His driver is unlikely to hurt him at Merion and his putting will keep him in contention. Woods hasn’t won a major in 5 years though and I think his odds are too short again and I’ll be avoiding him.

Top Contenders to Win the 2013 US Open

Kuchar finished 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and 1st at the Memorial in his last two events. Matt only ranks 135th in driving accuracy (57.38%) and 68th in GIR (66.23), but he makes up for that with his putter, as he ranks 13th in strokes gained putting.

Not only is Kuchar great on the greens, but he ranks well in approach shots and proximity to the hole. His technical game will be suited for Merion and although he hasn’t won a major in his career he has finished in the T10 3 times in his L5 majors.

Graeme McDowell is excellent on short courses. In 2012 McDowell played in three tournaments on courses under 7100 yards and he had a T2 (2012 US Open), T5 (2012 The Open) and 1st (2012 World Challenge) place finishes. He also won the 2013 RBC Heritage earlier this season.

McDowell has only played in eight events (5 on the PGA Tour) this season and he has 4 T10 finishes. However, McDowell has also missed 3 cuts this season. McDowell is one of the best golfers on short courses and he’ll look for his 2nd U.S. Open title (2010).

Phil Mickelson has never been able to win the US Open, but he has finished T2 a record five times. Mickelson currently ranks 44th in GIR (67.05%), 160th in driving accuracy (53.83%), 8th in strokes gained putting and 9th in par 4 birdies or better.

There are 12 par 4’s at Merion including multiple short par 4 holes that Mickelson should score well on this week. Mickelson just finished T2 at the St. Jude Classic and despite finishing T65 in the 2012 US Open I think Mickelson finishes in the T5 and have a great shot to win on Sunday.

Top Longshot in the 2013 U.S. Open

It’s rare that a huge longshot wins the US Open, but Tim Clark shouldn’t be paying 91/1 in my opinion. Clark ranks 2nd in driving accuracy (70.96%), 145th in GIR (62.54%), 54th in strokes gained putting and 28th in par 4 birdies or better this season.

His best finish in the U.S. Open was a T3 in 2005, but he has performed well in his recent majors. Clark missed the cut last year in the US Open, but he has two T11 finishes in his L2 majors (2012 PGA Championship & 2013 Masters) and could be a nice E/W bet.

2013 US Open Predictions

Mickelson and Clark both check out in most of the crucial statistical categories that will play a role at Merion. You should wager on Clark at Paddy Power, as they have a great promo. Bet up to £100 on the US Open and receive a 100% free bet from Paddies.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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