US Open 2013 Preview – Top 5 Players

by Punter's Hero on June 13, 2013

in Golf, Latest News

It’s time for the US Open again as the famed golf tournament will tee off for the 113th time on June 13. This year’s event will take place at the small Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia with all of the world’s top players on hand. Once again, American Tiger Woods is listed as the favourite even though he hasn’t won a major tournament since back in 2008.

In fact, with bookmaker William Hill, Woods was listed with odds of 6/1 followed by Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, and Rory McIlroy. However, the weather could go a long way in deciding this year’s winner as severe storms are forecast for the area and the course could become soaked.

Tiger Woods 9/2

The 37-year-old Woods is the top-ranked player in the world at the moment so it’s not really a shock that he’s the favourite here. He’s played in eight events so far this year and has managed to win four of them and has taken home close to $6 million so far in 2013. It’s not going to be a walk in the park though as he’s up against some strong opposition and they’ll push him all the way. The short course, just under 7,000 feet, could benefit Woods.

The American is pretty good when it comes to playing the “small ball” There are some fans who feel he’s still overrated and his lack of success recently at majors won’t help him, especially with the field being so even. He’s finished in the top six on eight occasions since 2008, but has no wins. He always seems to find a way to lose them. Woods has excellent precision, but struggles when he has to use his driver. However, he may not need the driver this weekend and could use his woods on most holes on the par-70 course.

Phil Mickelson 20/1

The 42-year-old Mickelson of America is another of the top tier golfers who has a decent chance here. He’ll turn 43 on Sunday and has won four majors and 41 total PGA events. He has the experience to take the whole thing and is currently ranked at number five. He’s been the runner up on five occasions and he may be able to get over the hump this time. However, he’s been the runner up and not the winner for a reason and that could be the case again. He’s always a leading contender at majors and he’s being playing well recently.

Rory McIlroy 22/1

The 24-year-old McIlroy from Northern Ireland is playing relatively well at the moment even though he’s 0 for 9 this year, and he certainly has a chance of winning. It may all depend on how well his putting is. He’s been using new Nike clubs and is currently ranked as one of the best in the world with a pair of majors to his name, which he won by a combined total of 16 shots, but it may all come down to his putter. With McIlroy, it wouldn’t surprise some fans if he takes the tournament and it also wouldn’t be a shock if he missed the cut. He’s been that inconsistent. He hasn’t won an event so far this year, but that could change at Merion.

Graeme McDowell 22/1

The 33-year-old McDowell of Northern Ireland is currently ranked 17th. He has two victories in eight events in 2013. McDowell won the US Open back in 2010 at Pebble Beach and was also last year’s runner up. With Woods going after his 15th major, McDowell could spoil those plans; especially since Woods last outing was his worst of the year at the Memorial. McDowell should never be counted out and he has as good of a chance as anybody to win the US Open for the second time. He’s hot right now and then momentum could continue this weekend.

Adam Scott 22/1

The 32-year-old Scott of Australia is ranked 10th at the moment. He’s won once in 2013 in seven events and has pocketed just over $2 million for his efforts. Scott is scheduled to golf with Woods and McIlroy as a trio and this should motivate them. Scott took the Masters tournament back in April and has played just two PGA events since. He came in 19th during the Players Championship while tying for 13th place at the Memorial. He should be a favourite at Merion as he’s always performed well at majors. He’s finished in the top 10 five times at majors since 2011.

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