2011 U.S. Open Championship
Congressional Country Club
June 13 – 19, 2011
US Open betting has suddenly become even more interesting for the UK internet predictor given Europe's rise in golf’s world order. America had it all its own way for many years, but as Graeme McDowell showed with his win in 2010, golf betting has changed forever following Tiger Woods' fall from grace.
Irrespective of results in 2011, a US Open bet on a golfer from the United States emerging triumphant may be a long shot best backed by one of the free bets on offer from online bookmakers.
While the tournament is traditionally a bogey for players from across the pond, with Martin Kaymer surpassing Lee Westwood as the world's number one player, (one of the early season highlights) the depth of talent on the European Tour is evident. It also and means the stream of weekly golf fixtures on both sides of the Atlantic have huge significance on the world standings.
Congressional will be set up to be a beast, as always, and Open golf tournament betting on the likes of Kaymer, Westwood, and Luke Donald may offer significant value: US Open championship betting in 2011 is no longer all about which home player will win it. History has always favoured men who are straight off the tee and sharp on the greens and the odds on a European golfer emerging victorious after the final round could well be short.
US Open betting was once a contest between Tiger Woods and the field, but so low has the stock of the United States' professional fallen that US Open bets on Woods not making the cut are currently attracting most interest.
Four rounds, 72 holes, with an 18-hole play-off if needed, throw in predicted high temperatures, vast crowds and a horrendously difficult golf course, little wonder only the strongest will survive.
G. Mac won at Pebble Beach last year in wonderful fashion, ending the myth European players could not cope with the course set up.
Recalling that momentous occasion, one golf writer said: "Results in recent years have shown why the United States is on the wane as a golfing power and highlights why Europe holds all the aces when it comes to US Open betting.
"Tiger Woods' fall from grace highlights only that the US Tour has no-one ready to step into his shoes. As a result, we can expect punters to take advantage of a free bet from an online bookmaker to back many of the US players – let the bookie carry the risk! US Open championship betting on the once great man is now a risky business and most tips (and certainly the odds) will focus on players in form.
“It follows that punters should try to mix and match with their US Open bets. Why? Well, golf betting is endless, with countless number of options – where will the cut mark be made, or what will be the margin of victory be, for example – each providing enormous opportunity to profit from online US Open betting. Furthermore, as the technology improves, so predictions can be made much faster as events unfold on the final few holes when results come into stark focus.
"Golf betting is all about reacting to the moment. One bad drive or over-struck putt results in a huge change at the top of the standings and you have to be ready to react with your United States Open championship betting.
"In short, I’ll be banking on European players to be the dominate force in the United States this year and into 2012. Kaymer is number one in the world, won his major in 2010 in the United States, a feat which highlights how quickly he has become an established player.
"US Open bets embrace numerous profitable options to back established fixtures such as Davis Love, though most home hopes will rest on the likes of Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and J. B. Holmes. Although Mickelson won the Masters last year, other issues have taken over and I am not sure he will feature heavily in live US Open betting at Congressional."
Online US Open betting is likely to be a booming market and an online bookmaker not offering a free bet is a rarity, so look to use the markets to your advantage when US Open betting. Moreover, live US Open betting offers the best chance for the greatest return on investment – so the message is: be bold!