2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship Thursday, June 13-Sunday, June 16, 2013, TV: ESPN, NBC
Merion Golf Club East Course – Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Par 70 – 6,846 yards
All odds courtesy of Bookmaker
Defending Champion: Webb Simpson
The US Open ends tomorrow afternoon as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadalsquare off against one another for the 29th time in their careers. Djokovic has recent history on his side, but is still up against a legend in Nadal, so to expect Nadal to succomb to this kind of pressure would be inane. He will come out with confidence and even if he is beaten, it probably won’t come with the same ease it has in recent matches, if only because Nadal is playing with a lot of confidence and knows he is in urgent need of a victory against his rival. Betting odds are taken from Bodog.
This week in men’s singles for the US Open features two tennis players headed in opposite directions. Federer is only getting older while his opponent Djokovic is in the heart of his prime. We’ll examine that aspect as it relates to the fight as well as the other match, Murray vs Nadal. Odds are taken from Bodog.
The U.S. Open is about to get started. That means that for a lot of people this is one of the four weekends every year that they actually pay attention and bet golf. If you are a sports bettor (and you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t) then there’s a chance that this is also one of four weekends that you are tempted to bet on golf as well. Betting on golf – especially the grand slams – doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t require you to think differently than a lot of other betting, but there are adjustments you need to make to succeed. Here are six things to keep in mind as you get ready to fatten your wallet during the U.S. Open:
The elite of the PGA Tour will face off in the US Open starting on June 17. The Open will be held at Pebble Beach for the fifth time in the tournament’s history. The tough par-71 course stretches over 7040 yards and will be the site of an interesting tournament.
Here are some what I find to be surprising (sometimes pleasant, sometimes perplexing and sometimes funny) developments in the world of sports.
Stanley Cup Game 7
I honestly thought that the Penguins would be out by now, but they made is a real series. Can Hossa come through for Detroit? Can Crosby take the trophy for Pittsburgh? It has been a home series. Neither team has been able to steal one when visiting. In goal, Osgood had outperformed Fleury. In the playoffs, Osgood has a better save percentage and goals against average. But in the last game, Fleury gave up just one score, notching a .962 SV%, while Osgood gave uo two, earning a .935 SV%. It is gut-check time at the Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit. It should be a great one. There’s nothing like a game seven for the Stanley Cup.
Tiger Woods went directly from Ohio, where he made the entire PGA his bitch yet again, to New York to play a practice round at Bethpage Black, the site of the U.S. Open in just under two weeks. This is seriously bad news for the rest of his opponents – it clearly shows that he is intensely focused ad ready to defend his title. Add in the fact that he’s obviously in top form, and you have the makings of a heavy favorite. There are few things better than watching him when he’s in the zone.
Four rounds and 72 holes weren’t enough to determine the winner of the U.S. Open. In most tournaments that would mean that they played an extra hole or two and ended up with a winner. Not at the Open. Their playoff is at least 18 more holes, and more beyond that if needed. On paper the final is a total mismatch. On one hand you have the greatest golfer ever born, Tiger Woods (I make that pronouncement confidently and without qualification). On the other hand you have a 45 year old guy in Rocco Mediate who hasn’t won a tournament since the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic in 2002. Tiger has won 13 Majors. Mediate has four top tens, and before this year had never finished better than fourth. In the last eight Majors, Tiger has three wins and three seconds. Over the same stretch, Mediate has only played in two – a withdraw and a cut. Woods is ridiculously more qualified. It isn’t even close.
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