2012 The US Open Golf Preview
Not since Phil Mickelson in the first major of 2010 in Augusta has a major winner not been a first time winner and despite some big names at the forefront of the betting there could well be a new major winner by Sunday. will have some great markets both pre match and live and with 271 markets already on site, is the only place you would want to back your favourite golfers this weekend.
Every time a major comes along there is always one big question that rears its head – will Tiger Woods finally win another major in his quest to break Jack Nicklaus major record. Tiger has been resurgent lately and are basing their odds on Tiger’s past triumphs rather than his recent woes and they have him at odds of 9.00 to add a 15th major, his first since his 2008 triumph in the same event. Rory McIlroy has been long since touted as the person most likely to claim Tiger’s broken crown, but he has struggled recently missing a few cuts. However, his ability is unquestioned, and his runaway win in the same event last year (he broke nearly ever record in the book) means he is joint second favourite for the title at 13.00. Another joint second favourite is the current world number 1, Luke Donald. The Englishman is desperate to get that first major and is arguably the player in the best form going into the tournament and like McIlroy can be backed at 13.00. Another Englishman is Lee Westwood and he has finished in the top 3 on 7 occasions in the past 16 majors. He is also 13.00 to break his duck but a better bet might be an each way flutter at 3.50. Other big names towards the front end of the betting are 4 time Major winner Phil Mickelson at 25.00 and the winner of the first major of the season Bubba Watson who is a big price at 50.00.
Unibet are running some interesting country based markets. Sweden have a pedigree in developing strong golfers and Peter Hanson is favourite to be the top finishing Swedish player at 2.25. However, Carl Petterson is in decent form at 4.00, whilst Fredrik Jacobson has too much quality to be written off at 5.25. The English are leading the way with 3 out of the top 7 in the world rankings from England and it is quite tight between Lee Westwood at 2.50 and Luke Donald at 2.75 to be the top finishing Englishmen. Justin Rose is sometimes forgotten and the world number 7 is 5.00 to be his countries best finisher while the flamboyant Ian Poulter can sometimes produce some magic and is backable at 12.00. Another country with plenty of top class golfers is Australia and although Adam Scott is understandably favourite to be his countries best finisher at 2.85, both Jason Day at 4.00 and Geoff Ogilvy at 5.25 are decent shots.
If you think there will be a hole in one during the tournament, then you can back that at 2.40, but if you think the glass sits half empty then you can back no hole in one at 1.53. Rory McIlroy stormed to a 8 shot victory last year and a winning margin of 4 or more can be backed at 7.00, whereas a repeat of the playoff in 2008 is backable at 3.50.
Head of Sportsbook Erik Backlund thinks that it will be a first time winner, but a previously unmentioned one, “ I like Sergio Garcia – he has always been unlucky in majors and has shown some steady form recently and I will be backing him at 50.00 for the win. Tiger Woods still brings in the punters and he has seen the most money with 33% of the cash, with Phil Mickelson next at 12%.”