The US Women’s Open Golf Championship is the only event to have been recognised as a major by the LPGA since its founding in 1950.
It is also the flagship event in women’s golf, and such has been the domination of women’s golf by players from South Korea in recent years, they invariably start amongst the favourites in US women’s open betting markets every year.
Eun-Hee Ji, Inbee Park, Birdie Kim and Se Ri Pak? If you are looking for a run for your money when browsing the US women’s open betting odds, these are names to investigate. The odds are these players, all established fixtures on the women’s tour in America, are going to be high up in golf betting markets, especially in US women’s open betting.
Not since the great Annika Sorenstam retired from the game of golf has a European been an outright favourite in the US women’s open betting. And although a paucity of winners from our side of the pond perhaps highlights the lack of talent, it probably speaks greater volumes about the development of the game in other countries.
The criteria for exemption from qualifying has changed through the years. In 2010, there were eleven exemption categories, including winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years, winners of the other three majors for the last five years and the top 50 from the previous year's LPGA Tour money list. These criteria explain why US women’s open betting odds invariably offer such value to punters - there is a considerable talent pool to consider before placing one’s final bets.
Golf betting can be precarious, frequently prompting glances towards the heavens to consider conditions and the impact they will have upon results – and a possible amendment to one’s choices for US women’s open bets.
And although Americans have won 49 stagings of the tournament, the stars and stripes squad have not had it their own way in US women’s open betting in recent years. Among the highlights of the women’s tour is Paula Creamer, who, in 2010, became the first home winner since 2007 when she won at Oakmont Country Club.
However, predictions of a repeat win are difficult to justify for punters placing their US women’s open bets, as one golf journalist explained: “South Korea has become the dominant force in women’s golf. Time was the likes of Annika and Michelle Wie would be highly ranked in the golf betting, especially in live US women’s open betting.
“But the fixtures and fittings of women’s golf have changed, which highlights how much of a global game women’s golf has become.
“Past results matter when odds are being compiled because of the amount of incredibly talented golfers coming out of Asia – many of whom dominate golf betting, particularly US women’s open bets.
“A bet on US women’s Open success for any American other than Creamer at the moment seems a risky proposition as the old world golfers have been left trailing by the new Asian golfers who tend always to be in the final mix.
“Online bookmakers have been quick to react, and some of the more promising markets might be found in predicting the nationality of the winner, especially if your online bookmaker is offering free bets in a number of markets.
“Scour the internet for different markets. Consider what is the cut point and the likely winning score – these offer value for your US women’s Open bet. Of course, UK success has been non-existent since 1997, so the well-versed predictor of outcomes will look elsewhere for success from betting on US women’s open winners.
“Not surprisingly, interest in online US women’s open betting is expanding – a move which reflects the increased media coverage of the event.”
In conclusion, it pays to look east before staking a US women’s Open bet. It’s the growing force in world golf; just that the women have made an early start.