Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/13/13
Tiger Woods and other PGA notables have packed their bags for a trip to the city of brotherly love for golf’s second major tournament of the year. The 2013 U.S. Open takes place in Merion Golf Club’s East Course, a course right outside of Philadelphia. Just like the Masters, let’s take a look at The Sports Bank’s five best bets to win the near $1.5 million prize this weekend. 5.) Tim Clark – No Major Championships Odds – 80/1 Lowdown – If you want to make bank on the U.S. Open, put it all on Clark to win. The South African finished tied for third at the 2005 Open and has made the cut in each of the last four years. The course will play to his strengths to make him one of the most popular darkhorse candidates. 4.) Tiger Woods – 14 time Major Champion (Three U.S. Open victories; 2000, 2002 and 2008) Odds – 4/1 (betting favorite) Lowdown – It would be downright easy to pick Woods to win straight up, but there comes a time when he has to stop being the  odds-on favorite. The 2008 U.S. Open, five years ago, was the last time he won a major. Expected rain and lower scores for the weekend also hurts Woods chances because it will provide an opportunity for more players to be in the mix. 3.) Phil Mickelson – 4 time Major Champion (Zero U.S. Open victories) Odds – 20/1 Lowdown – One of these times I’ll get the balls to leave Woods and Mickelson off the coveted top five best bets. But until then, we’ll include the free-swinging lefty. The fact that the living-legend has finished second or tied for second in five different U.S. Opens (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009) makes him automatic on this list. He’ll also be a fan-favorite in Philly (can’t say the same about Sergio Garcia) and it would be fitting for Mick to make it happen on Father’s Day. 2.) Steve Stricker- No Major Championships Odds – 40/1 Lowdown – This is time for me to admit I’m spewing some Wisconsin bias on this one, but hear me out. Stricker is playing in less tournaments this year and therefore focusing more on winning that elusive major he so eagerly deserves.  I won’t make him my number one favorite choice, yet I’ll give him a decent chance to surprise everyone. 1.) Graeme McDowell – 1 time Major Champion (2010 U.S. Open) Odds – 25/1 Lowdown – The Northern Irishman plays some of his best golf at the U.S. Open, finishing first, tied for 14th and tied for second over the past three years. McDowell seems to thrive on the PGA’s most rigorous courses and is one of the most consistent drivers in the game. After the sweet win, McDowell will turn to his country-mate Rory McIlroy and go “Aye, time for a pint of the Black Stuff,” which is Guinness for those unfamiliar with N. Ireland slang. Who do you have winning the 2013 U.S. Open? Let me know by commenting below. Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He also enjoys sharing Fantasy Advice and pretends to be a Golf expert from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best. If social media is not your thing, shoot him an email at grays@uwalumni.com. *Odds obtained from vegasinsider.com *Pictures obtained from hsrn.com and The post Five best bets to win 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Philly appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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