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U.S. Open Betting Preview

The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach this week where 10 years ago Tiger Woods dominated the field to win his first U.S. Open title.

In 2000 at Pebble Beach nobody even came close to Tiger in the Open.

Woods shot an astounding 12-under in the tournament. That number sounds even more impressive when you add in that no other golfer finished under par in the tourney and Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez finished tied for second, 15 strokes back at three-over.

There's no way Tiger will deliver such a dominating performance at this year's open. In 2000 Woods' game was so good he was practically untouchable when he was on. Right now his game is a mess, as his results since returning from his lengthy break will attest.

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Still, this is Tiger at the U.S. Open. Don't forget that two years ago he won the Open despite having to play in a playoff against Rocco Mediate on a knee so bad it would require season-ending surgery. On the latest odds Woods is a co-favorite with Phil Mickelson at +600 and definitely worth at least a couple bucks in case he can find the old Tiger magic again.

The other co-favorite, Mickelson, has come so close at the U.S. Open many times but has never sealed the deal. Lefty has never won a U.S. Open title, but he's finished second five times and he has eight Top 10 finishes in his career. After already taming Augusta and winning The Masters could this finally be the year Phil breaks through?

The previous two times Mickelson won The Masters he followed it up with second place finishes at the U.S. Open. At Pebble Beach in 2000 Mickelson, like the rest of the field, didn't come close to Woods, shooting nine over to finish tied for 16th.

Aside from Woods and Mickelson the outside favorite at the Open this week is Lee Westwood. Over the last couple of years Westwood has continually come up short in the search for his first major victory. He finished second to Mickelson at this year's Masters and last season he tied for third at both the British Open and the PGA Championship.

His closest shot at a U.S. Open title was in 2008 when he finished third. Westwood has been one of the most consistent golfers on tour this season and he just won the St. Jude Classic last week. He should be ready to make some noise at Pebble Beach as a +700 underdog.

Here are the top 20 odds to win the US Open at Sportsbook.ag:

Tiger Woods +600 Phil Mickelson +600 Lee Westwood +700 Luke Donald +2000 Padraig Harrington +2000 Rory McIlroy +2000 Jim Furyk +2500 Ernie Els +2500 KJ Choi +3000 Dustin Johnson +3000 Camilo Villegas +3000 Steve Stricker +3000 Zach Johnson +3000 Retief Goosen +4000 Ricky Barnes +4000 Ben Crane +4000 Hunter Mahan +4000 Paul Casey +4000 Geoff Ogilvy +4000