With the U.S. Open just three days away, current odds have Phil Mickelson (14-1) listed as the third favorite for the upcoming event, which will be played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood (ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, respectively) are the only two golfers more heavily favored. Westwood carries odds of 11-1 while Donald, who has finished in the top 10 in all but one event this year, is listed at 12-1.
The last time the course held the U.S. Open was in 1997 when Ernie Els beat Colin Montgomerie by one stroke for a 4-under 276.
That said, Els, listed at 66-1, could be a smart value bet for those looking to avoid the favorites in this year’s tournament.
Here is a list of 2011 odds for some of the past winners of the U.S. Open:
- Graeme McDowell (2010) –45/1
- Lucas Glover (2009)– 66/1
- Angel Cabrera (2007)– 66/1
- Geoff Ogilvy (2006)– 50/1
Now, if you are a fan of trends, such as Els winning the Open the last time it was held at Congressional Country Club, then consider this: In the same 1997 event, Steve Stricker posted an opening round of 4-under, which was good for second place.
Odds for Stricker to be the leader after the opening round in 2011? 28-1.