Early Odds For The U.S. Open
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/15/14
Someone has seen fit to create a web site called GolfOdds.com. And as of Monday morning, the site listed predictions for the winner of the men's United States Open Championship, June 12-15 at Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina. And even though it was less than 24 hours after the conclusion of The Masters Tournament, neither Bubba Watson nor Jordan Spieth was at the top of the list.

The web site currently has Rory McIlroy at 10/1, with Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson listed at 15/1. (We wonder whether or not news of Tiger's back surgery has yet reached the web site proprietor.) Next on the site's list are Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at 20/1, while Matt Kuchar and defending champion Justin Rose are listed at 25/1.

Watson is listed at 30/1, along with current PGA champion Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, and Brandt Snedeker.

Picking McIlroy over Watson seems logical, given that Bubba has never finished better than T-5 at the Open. But what say you oobers about the rest of these predictions?

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legitimatebeef says:
Can someone explain where and how I might go about placing a bet online, collecting winnings etc? Not trying to be a smart alec here, I honestly thought gambling outside of casinos was unlawful. I never got the memo that it is now okay to piss away hard-earned money on sports wagers, and that we can do it from the comfort of home, with the ease of a few mouse clicks. Seriously all this breezy chitchat about wagering and odds makes me feel kind of like I've been frozen in ice for the last couple decades. What the hell else am I missing out on. I mean is there a website where I can legally order up some hookers and cocaine. WTF.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Beef, I posted this not to encourage gambling in any way, but rather as an outgrowth of the "predict the winner" from The Masters last week. The days after the Masters are a logical time to look forward to the U.S. Open - the Players Championship notwithstanding.

If I were h#%%-bent on encouraging gambling, I would have posted the odds for this week's PGA Tour stop at Hilton Head. And nobody at oobgolf has ever done THAT, thank Heaven...
joe jones says:
If I am not mistaken that website says that if Tiger is unable to play your bet is refundable.
Seems speculative to me.
DougE says:
Picking McIlroy over Watson seems logical, given that Bubba has never finished better than T-5 at the Open.

Not so sure about that Torleif. Actually, I think Bubba has a real chance at Pinehurst. Supposedly there will be little rough. That encourages him to swing even harder for the fences. I'm picking Bubba.

Those barely-any-rough conditions will also help out Phil (and his sore back), who I might also wager on....as a long shot.

Don't think we'll see Tiger back yet, and even if we did, I think he will be too rusty to contend, though I would not count him out. I'd guess his odds would probably change some from what they are now, if he were to actually play.
jasonfish11 says:
There are numerous sports books that take bets from US residents online, and process payouts (although it usually takes 2-4 weeks to get your check). Also many of your local bookies use these odds (I'm sure a local bookie is easy to find in Manhatan).

Why wouldn't it be ok to "piss away" hard earned money? It is your money and making a bet online doesn't hurt anyone else. Is it ok for our government to regulate morality and tell you what you can and can't do with your own money?
jasonfish11 says:
Also Tor these aren't predictions by the book maker. They dont really care who wins. They are placing lines based on where they think the money will be bet, not based on who they think will win.
bkuehn1952 says:
I am shocked, shocked that there is gambling going on!
Your winnings sir.
Thank you.
jfurr says:
Is that the real logo for the next US Open? with that bird and what is that a safari hat?
srogers13 says:
jfurr, the left logo is for the men's US Open, ther ight logo is for the women's US Open played on the same course the next week, and the are combining the two logos for a lot of merchandise, too.

And Beef, if you ever go to Europe, especially Great Britain, they have all sorts of "shops" and a lot of online gambling sites.
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