Tiger Woods is the massive favorite for U.S. Open
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are the three favorites for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
No surprise here as Tiger Woods leads the pack as a 7-2 favorite to win the U.S. Open at Merion in June. Woods won the Players Championship by two strokes for the second time in his career on Sunday, which makes four of six stroke-play PGA Tour events won by Woods this season.
After the Masters, Woods was a 9-2 favorite. That has jumped to 7-2 after his dominance once again at Sawgrass.
It's interesting to look at how these odds have changed in the few weeks since the Masters. Rory McIlroy has gone from 10-1 to 12-1, Adam Scott went from 20-1 to 25-1 despite playing well at the Players, and Lee Westwood went from 22-1 to 20-1 despite the worst shot in golf history on Saturday.
Here's a look at the big-name favorites.
Tiger Woods: 7-2
Rory McIlroy: 12-1
Lee Westwood: 20-1
Phil Mickelson: 25-1
Adam Scott: 25-1
Brandt Snedeker: 25-1
Justin Rose: 25-1
Luke Donald: 30-1
Charl Schwartzel: 30-1
Dustin Johnson: 30-1
Matt Kuchar: 30-1
Graeme McDowell: 30-1
Sergio Garcia: 30-1
The most encouraging thing for Woods fans is how few times that he hit driver at Sawgrass. Merion is a tight, short track that will demand supreme accuracy with long irons, and Woods did a beautiful job of that at the Players.
And, remember, the last time that Woods won four tournaments before June (2000), he went on to win his next four majors.
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