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US Open Golf CourseFinally it’s time for some good golf betting action again, even though there’s been a few very entertaining competitions as of lately. But nothing beats a major…

The 113th edition of the US Open golf tournament, which was first held in 1895, gets underway this Thursday June 13 at the Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The event was held at Merion four times previously, back in 1981, 1971, 1950, and 1934. The venue has been a talking point of the tournament since it’s a little bit short when compared to most modern golf courses. The course is a par 70 and just short of 7,000 yards. There are only two par-fives at Merion.

The fairways are about 25 yards in width and the rough was recently fertilized. In addition, it’s been raining quite a bit and more precipitation is forecast. Webb Simpson won the US Open last year at one over par with Rory McIlroy taking it in 2011 at 16 under. Since the golf course is rather short some of the longer hitters probably won’t need to or want to use their woods too often at Merion. Most golfers will be going for driving accuracy here rather than length.

As usual, Tiger Woods will be one of the favourites to win the Open even though he hasn’t won a major tournament since back in 2008. He happened to miss the cut back in 2006, but he’s players in the tournament 16 other times. Woods has won it three times and has placed in the top 10 on eight other occasions. However, Woods didn’t fare too well last year and neither did Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, and Ernie Els. Seven golfers were within three shots of the lead in 2012 with just one round remaining, but the best score any of them could muster was Ernie Els’ two over par. Simpson, the eventual winner, was tied for 29th with two rounds remaining and was six shots behind the lead.

Rory McIlroy has been struggling somewhat this year, but he may perform better at the US Open if this course is wet. Graeme McDowell of Ireland has been playing well and currently ranks number one for driving accuracy and scrambling. He’s also been putting well this year and has won a couple of tournaments in 2013. He’s in fine form and should be a favourite here.

Phil Mickelson is another golfer who always does well at the US Open as he’s finished in second place on five occasions. He’s won the Phoenix Open already this year and was tied for runner up at the recent St Jude Classic on June 9. If he’s struggled in any area in 2013 it’s been his scrambling, but he and his caddy Jim Mackay should be prepared for the Merion course. However, Mickelson will turn 43 years old this weekend and nobody over 40 has captured a major tournament in America so far this century.

Some betting odds for the 2013 US Open

These odds are in UK format, to check them quickly in decimal or America, just have a look at oddsconverter.co.uk

Ernie Els (80/1) has won the tournament twice and could be a contender again this weekend. His putting hasn’t been the greatest this year, but his scrambling has. He should also benefit if the greens are softened by the rain. Other golfers that have a chance at the US Open include Boo Weekley (100/1) as he won the recent Crowne Plaza Invitational as well as Marcus Fraser (300/1) of Australia and David Lingmerth (300/1) of Sweden.

This will be Lingmerth’s first US Open. He’s finished second twice this year on the PGA Tour already and lost one event in a playoff. Many people like to back outsiders at this event as they often pay off. Past long shot winners in the last 10 years include Angel Cabrera (90/1), Lucas Glover (200/1) and Michael Campbell (500/1). When betting, it’ll be a good idea to check out the weather forecast for the tournament.

The latest odds from William Hill have Tiger Woods as the favourite at 11/2 followed by Graeme McDowell, Matt Kucher, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy at 22/1. Adam Scott and Justin Rose are 25/1. Lee Westwood is 30/1, Webb Simpson is 55/1.

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