Friday, November 29, 2013

Tiger Woods is the betting favorite at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge

The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge features 18 of the world's best players headlined by the tournament host Tiger Woods, who will be shooting for victory number six on the year. The tournament begins Thursday, December 5th at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.

Tournament betting odds:

Tiger Woods: 3-1
Rory McILroy: 8-1
Graeme McDowell: 12-1
Ian Poulter: 14-1
Steve Stricker: 14-1
Dustin Johnson: 14-1
Jason Day: 14-1
Matt Kuchar: 14-1
Webb Simpson: 16-1
Jim Furyk: 16-1
Keegan Bradley: 16-1
Zach Johnson: 16-1
Jordan Speith: 16-1
Hunter Mahan: 16-1
Jason Dufner: 18-1
Lee Westwood: 25-1
Bubba Watson: 33-1
Bill Haas: 40-1

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Australian Open Betting Odds: Scott, McILroy, and Day headline the field

The Royal Sydney Golf Club
Adam Scott is coming off wins at the Australian PGA, the Australian Masters, and the team win with Jason Day at the World Cup of Golf. Jason Day is coming off his individual win at the World Cup of Golf last week at Royal Melbourne. Rory McILroy is playing in Australia for the first time in 6 years and looks to get his first win of 2013. These three top notch players lead the field this week at the Australian Open played at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Betting Odds for the Australian Open:

Adam Scott: 5-2
Rory McILroy: 6-1
Jason Day: 7-1
Aaron Baddely: 28-1
Geoff Ogilvy: 28-1

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

World Cup of Golf 2013 Betting Odds

The 2013 World Cup of Golf will be held this year at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia with Adam Scott and Jason Day as the team favorite to win. Scott, world number two, is coming off back to back wins at the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters. He will team with world number 18 Day as the most formidable team in the competition.

Betting Odds include:

Australia (Adam Scott and Jason Day) 13-8
USA (Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman) 6-1
Ireland (Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry) 10-1
Sweden (Jonas Blixt and Peter Hanson) 12-1
Italy (Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero) 14-1

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HSBC Champions Betting Odds

Actually not a bad field for the HSBC Champions event this week in Shanghai. Apparently there is not an off-season anymore in professional golf. Here are the betting odds for the week:

Rory McILroy: 12-1
Henrick Stenson: 14-1
Phil Mickelson: 14-1
Justin Rose: 16-1
Martin Kaymer: 20-1
Ian Poulter: 25-1
Jordan Spieth: 25-1
Keegan Bradley: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Ryan Moore: 33-1
Graeme McDowell: 40-1
Rickie Fowler: 55-1
Ryo Ishikawa: 75-1

Sunday, August 4, 2013

PGA Championship 2013: Pairings and Tee Times

PGA Championship Notable Pairings and tee times:

Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose (Major winners 2013)
Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley, Davis Love III (PGA Championship winners)
Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler
Ernie Els, Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell
David Toms, Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang (One-time PGA Championship winners)
Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Nicolas Colsaerts
Tim Clark, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson
Rory McILroy, Vijay Singh, Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship winners)
Tom Watson, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke (Ryder Cup captains)

Tiger Woods adds career win 79 at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: By the Numbers

Tiger Woods won for the 79th time on the PGA Tour Sunday, closing the gap on Sam Snead's all-time record of 82. The win at WGC-Bridgestone marks his 5th in 2013 and 8th total at Firestone Country Club. Woods will now head to the PGA Championship next week in search of his 15th major championship and 1st in five years.

Stats for the week:

Margin of victory: 7
1 Eagle, 19 birdies, 46 pars, 6 bogeys
Driving distance: 315
Driving accuracy: 62.5%
Greens in Reg: 73.61%
Sand Saves: 100%
Putts per green: 1.679

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tiger Woods fires 61 at WGC-Bridgestone: By the Numbers

Tiger Woods tied a career best Friday by shooting a 9-under 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone to take a seven shot lead lead heading into the weekend. He's already won this event seven times previously and looks to add number eight on Sunday.

Here is a look at his stats for the day:


10 Pars
1 Eagle
7 Birdies
Fairways in Regulation: 9/14
Driving Distance: 342.5
Greens in Regulation: 13/18
Putts: 22
Sand Saves: 100%

PGA Championship 2013 Betting Odds

The final major of the year begins August 8th at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Here are some of the betting odds for the tournament:

Tiger Woods: 5-1
Phil Mickelson: 10-1
Adam Scott: 20-1
Justin Rose: 20-1
Brandt Snedker: 20-1
Rory McILroy: 25-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Sergio Garcia: 33-1
Hunter Mahan: 33-1
Luke Donald: 33-1
Keegan Bradley: 40-1
Rickie Fowler: 50-1
Jim Furyk: 80-1
Padraig Harrington: 80-1
Vijay Singh: 250-1

PGA Championship past winners

Rory McILroy tore it up at Kiawah Island and will look to defend in 2013 at Oak Hill.
2013: Jason Dufner (Oak Hill)
2012: Rory McILroy (Kiawah Island)
2011: Keegan Bradley (Atlanta Athletic Club)
2010: Martin Kaymer (Whistling Straits)
2009: Y.E. Yang (Hazeltine)
2008: Padraig Harrington (Oakland Hills)
2007: Tiger Woods (Southern Hills)
2006: Tiger Woods (Medinah)
2005: Phil Mickelson (Baltusrol)
2004: Vijay Singh (Whistling Straits)
2003: Shaun Micheel (Oak Hill)
2002: Rich Beem (Hazeltine)
2001: David Toms (Atlanta Athletic Club)
2000: Tiger Woods (Valhalla)
1999: Tiger Woods (Medinah)
1998: Vijay Singh (Sahalee)

Full List of Past Champions

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WGC-Bridgestone Golf Betting Odds

The Par-5 16th at Firestone Country Club
In surprising news, Tiger Woods is the betting favorite this week at Firestone as he's won the event seven times previously. Phil Mickelson, coming off his huge win at the British, is right behind him. Many of the top players in the world are competing this week not only to try and win the WGC event, but as a tune-up for the next week's PGA Championship, the final major of 2013.

Tiger Woods: 9-2
Phil Mickelson: 14-1
Adam Scott: 18-1
Brandt Snedeker: 25-1
Justin Rose: 25-1
Rory McILroy: 28-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Keegan Bradley: 40-1
Jim Furyk: 50-1
Rickie Fowler: 50-1
Nick Watney: 100-1
Matteo Manassero: 125-1

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pick the hole location at the par-3 15th for the PGA Championship

Jack Nicklaus and the PGA are running a new contest where golf fans can vote for the Sunday hole location at the par-3 15th for the upcoming PGA Championship.

Nicklaus, who won his 5th PGA Championship in 1980 at Oak Hill, the site of this year's tournament, came up with the idea.

"The chance for golf fans to interact with the PGA Championship and play a role in shaping the outcome of the final round fascinates me," Nicklaus said in a statement. "It's like being able to call the shots during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl."

Fans will have four pin location options to choose from for the par-3 which has a pond to the right of the green and three bunkers to the left side of the green.

Voting will end after the third round of the Championship on August 10th. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mickelson moves up the list of all time Major Champions

Phil Mickelson has now won the British Open, three Masters, and one PGA Championship. In order to complete the career grand slam, he will need to win the U.S. Open, a tournament where he has finished with a record six runner ups. His next chance at the U.S Open will be at Pinehurst, where he finished 2nd to Payne Stewart in 1999.

List of all time Major Champions:
Jack Nicklaus: 18
Tiger Woods: 14
Walter Hagen: 11
Gary Player: 9
Ben Hogan: 8
Tom Watson: 8
Arnold Palmer: 7
Sam Snead: 7
Gene Sarazon: 7
Bobby Jones: 7
Harry Vardon: 7
Nick Faldo: 6
Lee Trevino: 6
Phil Mickelson: 5
Bryon Nelson: 5
Seve Ballesteros: 5
James Braid: 5
John Henry Taylor: 5
Peter Thompson: 5

Mickelson wins Open Championship: Final Round Photos

Friday, July 19, 2013

British Open Round Three Tee Times and Pairings

The most interesting man in golf, "The Mechanic" leads the Open after two rounds.

Eastern Time:
3:10 a.m.: Shingo Katayama, Richard Sterne
3:20 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Jonas Blixt
3:30 a.m.: K.J. Choi, Chris Wood
3:40 a.m.: Mikko Ilonen, Todd Hamilton
3:50 a.m.: Peter Senior, Mark Brown
4:00 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Lawrie
4:10 a.m.: Richie Ramsay, Thongchai Jaidee
4:20 a.m.: Boo Weekley, Gareth Wright
4:30 a.m.: K.T. Kim, a-Jimmy Mullen
4:45 a.m.: Josh Teater, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
4:55 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Fred Couples
5:05 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Bud Cauley
5:15 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, A-Matthew Fitzpatrick
5:25 a.m.: Russell Henley, Tim Clark
5:35 a.m.: Ernie Els, Graham Delaet
5:45 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Oliver Fisher
5:55 a.m.: Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington
6:05 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Y.E. Yang
6:20 a.m.: Steven Tiley, Ken Duke
6:30 a.m.: George Coetzee, Thomas Bjorn
6:40 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Stewart Cink
6:50 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Freddie Jacobson
7:00 a.m.: Marcus Fraser, Danny Willett
7:10 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Eduardo De La Riva
7:20 a.m.: Gregory Bourdy, Graeme McDowell
7:30 a.m.: Stephen Gallacher, Kevin Streelman
7:45 a.m.: Ben Curtis, Bernd Wiesberger
7:55 a.m.: Shiv Kapur, Jamie Donaldson
8:05 a.m.: Branden Grace, Harris English
8:15 a.m.: Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara
8:25 a.m.: Johnson Wagner, Hideki Matsuyama
8:35 a.m.: Jason Day, Hunter Mahan
8:45 a.m.: Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson
8:55 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson
9:10 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Webb Simpson
9:20 a.m.: Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel
9:30 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Jordan Spieth
9:40 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Angel Cabrera
9:50 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
10:00 a.m.: Martin Laird, Dustin Johnson
10:10 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood
10:20 a.m.: Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

British Open Quotes

Wind is part of the British Open. It is an examination and it took me a long time to pass the examination. Eighty per cent of the fellows out there have not passed the test.
- Gary Player (after winning the 1974 Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes)

Phil Mickelson hits backwards flop shot at Muirfield

Don't try this at home. Phil Mickelson hits his patented backwards flop shot during a practice round at Muirfield.

The history and course design of Muirfield in Scotland

Course history and design of Muirfield in Scotland:

Golf was first played at Muirfield in 1891 on 16 holes laid out by Old Tom Morris which was extended to 18 holes for the Open the following year. Restricted by stone walls that completely surrounded the course, the original layout occupied 117 acres. The turf was good in places but there were areas of sandy wasteland and some of the lower points were waterlogged. Over a period of thirty years, the land was drained and the sandy areas were seeded and cultivated.

Muirfield hosted the first Open Championship to be played over 72 holes in 1892 and then again in 1896. After each event, the course received some criticism and improvements were made. It was evident that the surrounding walls had limited the design and the first significant alteration was made with the purchase in 1907 of an additional 13 acres.

Monday, July 15, 2013

British Open 2013: Pairings and tee times

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Ernie Els of South Africa hits out of a bunker ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Here are the British Open pairings and tee times for the opening two rounds. If you live on the East Coast, you need to wake up at 4am if you want to catch the early coverage on ESPN. All times are local. Eastern Time is five hours behind. For example, the first grouping on Thursday goes off at 6:32 a.m. in Scotland or 1:32 a.m. ET.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

British Open 2013: Betting Odds

Phil Mickelson enters the British Open coming off a playoff win at the Scottish Open.
The 2013 British Open Championship begins Thursday at Muirfield in Scotland. Here are the betting odds for the week:

Tiger Woods: 8-1 (3-time British Open champion)
Phil Mickelson: 16-1 (coming off win at Scottish Open)
Adam Scott: 18-1 (2013 Masters champion)
Justin Rose: 18-1 (2013 U.S. Open champion)
Rory McILroy: 20-1 (2-time major winner)
Graeme McDowell: 22-1 (3-time winner in 2013)
Ernie Els: 25-1 (4-time major winner and defending champion)
Jason Day: 25-1 (finished top 3 at Masters and U.S. Open)

British Open Past Champions List

British Open past champions:

2013: Phil Mickelson (Muirfield)

2012: Ernie Els (Lytham and St. Annes)
2011: Darren Clarke (St. Georges)
2010: Louis Oosthuizen (St. Andrews)
2009: Stewart Cink (Turnberry)
2008: Padraig Harrington (Birkdale)
2007: Padraig Harrington (Carnoustie)
2006: Tiger Woods (Liverpool)
2005: Tiger Woods (St. Andrews)
2004: Todd Hamilton (Troon)
2003: Ben Curtis (St. Georges)
2002: Ernie Els (Muirfield)
2001: David Duval (Lytham)
2000: Tiger Woods (St. Andrews)

All Champions since 1860

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tiger Woods talks strategy for playing Muirfield

In Tiger Wood's most recent blog post, he touched on his past experience playing in Open Championships and described the strategy needed for being successful at Muirfield.

This marks my second trip to Muirfield. My first visit in 2002 didn't go very well. I caught the worst of the weather and wound up tying for 28th. That's just the nature of links golf. Luck plays a big part in it, and you never know what you're going to get. 

Tiger shoots 81 at Muirfield in wind and rain

Muirfield is one of the hardest courses in Scotland. The front nine is basically played clockwise and the back nine is played counter-clockwise and on the inside of the front nine. You have to shape the golf ball both ways, and you never know what's going to come off that water as far as wind. It can change directions. If the wind switches, you can be aggressive on certain holes and others you have to be conservative. That's the neat thing about a British Open: You just never know what type of conditions you're going to get each day. 

How to play a bump and run and a knockdown for links golf

This pro demonstrates a typical bump and run shot in Scotland.

This pro demonstrates how to play a low knockdown into the wind.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Video Flyover of 2013 British Open venue Muirfield

Tiger Woods shot 81 at Muirfield in brutal conditions

When the British Open was last held at Muirfield in 2002, Tiger Woods shot a 10-over 81, his highest score ever as a professional. In this video, Woods battles the wind, rain, and cold weather as his shots continue to go sideways into the knee high rough. This tough 3rd round knocked him out of contention to win, but he did come back on Sunday and shoot a 65. Ernie Els went on to win in a playoff.

What is a links golf course?

The British Open will be played next week at Muirfield in Scotland, one of the famous links courses in the Open rotation. What exactly is a links course?

A links golf course, sometimes referred to as a seaside links is the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Scotland, where golf originated. The word comes from the Scots language and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes.

Links tend to be located in coastal areas, on sandy soil, often amid dunes, with few water hazards and few if any trees. This reflects both the nature of the scenery where the sport happened to originate, and the fact that only limited resources were available to golf course architects at the time, and any earth moving had to be done by hand, so it was kept to a minimum. It is believed that the term "links" comes from the fact that the land used for golf originally was the land near the sea that was not good for farming. This land was between the sea and the farmland and thus was a "link" between the two.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rory McILroy golf swing

Rory McILroy vs. a trash talking robot

Rory McILroy has played against Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, and many other top ranked golfers in the world. He has climbed as high as number one in the world rankings and won both the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional and the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He's also dealt with intense media scrutiny, the pressures that go along with being number one, several management changes, and an equipment change in 2013. McILroy has been through many challenges in his early career, but he's never faced off versus a trash talking robot.

In the latest addition of the European Tour's "See Every Shot Imaginable" campaign, McILroy has been pitted against a robot, otherwise known as a golf laboratory computer hitting machine. As a kid, McILroy would chip balls into his mother's washing machine as a way to practice. As an adult, he must once again hit balls at washing machines, only this time the targets are outdoors at a driving range, and much farther away.

The robot is not only GPS programmed, but enjoys needling McILroy and talking trash in order to mess him up. He causes McILroy to laugh as he's attempting to hit shots, and at one point mentions that a certain other golfer (Tiger) would have long since been at home with his feet kicked up.

In this short video, the European Tour is demonstrating in an amusing way how their players need every shot imaginable to win in difficult conditions and vs. difficult opponents. In this example, the world's number two golfer is hitting a variety of shots to help prove that point.
The next time McILroy will be seen at a real tournament will be at the Open Championship at Muirfield beginning July 18th, where he will attempt to win his 3rd career major championship.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Harvey Penick Golf Quote


"The woods are full of long drivers."
- Harvey Penick

Monday, June 24, 2013

Golf Quote: Craig Stadler

Craig Stadler just won his first Champions event since 2004.

"Why am I using a new putter? Because the last one didn't float too well."
- Craig Stadler

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rymer promotes pace of play month with 10 tips

Golf channel's Charlie Rymer has come out with 10 good tips to promote pace of play month. Please follow.

1. Move promptly: Proceed quickly to your ball and be ready when it’s your turn to hit.
2. Play promptly: Take 30 seconds, maximum, to hit your shot.
3. Be quicker on the greens: Read it. Hit it. Tap it in. Go to the next tee.
4. Treat the rules with discretion: Take no more than 3 minutes to look for balls and take relief.
5. Do your housekeeping on your own time: Start the round with tees, markers, balls and a ball-mark repair tool in your pocket. Replace headcovers while you walk. Write down scores on the next tee. Don’t make others wait.
6. Be cart smart: Drop off your partner and drive to your ball. When you leave the cart, take three clubs, not one. Park behind greens.
7. Be a good teammate: Know your playing partners' strengths and weaknesses; help them when it’s convenient, move on when it’s not.
8. Play the right course for your ability level: Choose a set of tees with a rating of 142 minus your handicap index. Or just tee it forward.
9. Demand accountability from the course you play: Ask them to set up the course properly and, most importantly, to manage the tee sheet responsibly.
10. Accept responsibility: Recognize that slow play isn’t just the other guy’s fault.

Mickelson holds a + 5.2 Handicap Index

If you are ever considering going pro, here is some useful information. Phil Mickelson, four time major winner, has a handicap index of  +5.2. Here are some of his scores from Whisper Rock, a course he is a member at.
Other Tour pros that are members there include Martin Kaymer (+4.6), Geoff Ogilvy, (+4.2), and Paul Casey (+3.9)

A very good golfer would have a low digit handicap such as 3,2, or 1. A scratch handicap would be a 0. Almost all touring pros will have a handicap with a + in front. Supposedly at one point in time, Tiger Woods was a +10.

USGA begins initiative to speed up pace of play

USGA Press Release

The United States Golf Association today unveiled a new public education campaign around the theme of “While We’re Young,” a new positioning to raise awareness across the golf community of the challenges and solutions to the pace-of-play issues in the game of golf. Borrowing the iconic line from the character played by Rodney Dangerfield in the classic 1980 film Caddyshack®, the campaign takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to encourage golfers of all skill levels and golf course facilities to join a movement to improve pace of play and reduce the time it takes to play the game.

According to industry research, the time that it takes to play golf is a principal driver that adversely impacts enjoyment of and discourages participation in the game. In a recent study by the National Golf Foundation (NGF), 91 percent of serious golfers are bothered by slow play and say it detracts from their golf experience; more than 70 percent believe pace of play has worsened over time; and half acknowledged that they walked off the course due to frustration over a marathon round of golf. USGA research shows that the golfer is just one component within a complex, integrated system that determines pace of play in the game. Golf course design, course setup and player management also contribute to longer playing time.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Travelers Championship Betting Odds

Here are some betting odds for the Travelers Championship which begins Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Ct.


Justin Rose: 14-1
Hunter Mahan: 16-1
Bubba Watson: 18-1
Lee Westwood: 18-1
Jason Dufner: 20-1
Rickie Fowler: 22-1


Keegan Bradley: 33-1
Padraig Harrington: 40-1
Ian Poulter: 40-1
Harris English: 40-1
Zach Johnson: 50-1

LONG SHOTS: (All major winners)

Davis Love III: 100-1
Angel Cabrera: 125-1
Lucas Glover: 150-1
Vijay Singh: 175-1
Mike Weir: 250-1
John Daly: 400-1

*It is possible to hit it big betting on golf as this guy won 50k on Keegan Bradley*

Turf Evolutions Completes TPC Sawgrass Installation Work

(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - June 18, 2013)   Turf Evolutions, an industry leader in alternative turf solutions for golf, athletic fields and landscaping needs, has completing the installation of its surface at TPC Sawgrass as part of a continuing relationship with the home course of THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA TOUR.

TPC Sawgrass is renovating its practice facility and the adjacent PGA TOUR Academy through June 17, with an artificial surface replacement at the back of the reworked tee box and at a hitting area for the Academy, totaling approximately 6,500 square feet.

The PGA TOUR Academy regularly uses beginner instruction on the artificial surface to allow starting players some forgiveness. 

Betting odds for the British Open at Muirfield

The Open Championship, the 3rd Major of the year, will be held at Muirfield beginning July 18th. Here are some early betting odds to take a look at:


Tiger Woods: 6-1
Rory McILroy: 12-1
Adam Scott: 18-1
Justin Rose: 18-1
Lee Westwood: 20-1
Luke Donald: 20-1
Phil Mickelson: 22-1


Jason Day: 33-1
Ernie Els: 33-1
Louis Oosthuizen:33-1
Rickie Fowler: 40-1
Hunter Mahan: 40-1
Martin Kaymer: 50-1


Nick Watney: 90-1
Bill Haas: 100-1
Geoff Ogilvy: 100-1
Darren Clarke: 150-1
John Daly: 250-1

Future golf U.S. Open Venues

Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst after draining a par putt at the 18th.
Here are the upcoming venues for the next seven U.S. Opens with the years previously held. Chambers Bay, in Washington State, and Erin Hills, in Wisconsin, will host the tournament for the first time in 2015 and 2017. Next year the Open will return to Pinehurst in North Carolina, known for its crown greens. In 1999, Payne Stewart beat Phil Mickelson at Pinehurst by one shot, the first of six runner up finishes for Mickelson.

2014: Pinehurst (1999,2005)
2015: Chambers Bay (Never)
2016: Oakmont (1927, 1935, 1953, 1962,1973, 1983, 1994, 2007)
2017: Erin Hills (Never)
2018: Shinnecock Hills (1896,1986,1995,2004)
2019: Pebble Beach (1972,1982,1992,2000,2010)
2020: Winged Foot (1929,1959,1974,1984,2006)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Updated U.S. Open Betting Lines

Here are the top ten players the oddsmakers feel have the best chance of winning the U.S. Open after round one:

Phil Mickelson: 9-2
Luke Donald: 8-1
Tiger Woods: 10-1
Charl Schwarzel:14-1
Lee Westwood: 16-1
Adam Scott: 20-1
Justin Rose: 20-1
Jason Day: 22-1
Rory McILroy: 25-1
Rickie Fowler: 28-1

Thursday, June 13, 2013

USGA while we're young commercials with Eastwood, Arnie, and Tiger

U.S. Open Photos: Mickelson leads at -3

USGA may lose up to 10 Million with U.S. Open at Merion

The USGA is expected to lose around 10 million dollars with the U.S. Open being held at Merion Golf Club this year. Due to Merion being much smaller than most U.S. Open venues, ticket sales were limited to 25,000 per day, down from the more standard 40,000-45,000. This will lead to less revenue in concessions and merchandise purchases.

Weather could also play a potential factor in lost revenue with severe weather expected for Thursday, Friday, and Monday, in the event of a playoff.

Even with the losses, Merion is a historical venue that the USGA wanted to return to at least one more time. Bobby Jones capped off the Grand Slam at Merion in 1930 at the U.S. Amateur, Ben Hogan won the Open in 1950 in a playoff, and Lee Trevino defeated Jack Nicklaus in a playoff in 1971 to win the Open.

“The place is just magical,” USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said. “From a golf standpoint, you could easily say it’s a landmark.”

The Design and History of Merion