Betting on the US Open

This summer will see the world’s top golfers converging on Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, for the US Open. While this tournament may not carry quite the level of prestige of the Master and the British Open, it is still unquestionably one of the majors, and thus competition – and betting – is likely to be strong. Many online bookmakers already have odds information available, but which players represent decent picks for those thinking of gambling on the US Open this year?

Unsurprisingly Tiger Woods has been installed as the front runner, with odds of around 4/1 at most sports betting sites, as he seems to have recovered from the dip in form that followed his unfortunate personal issues. However he is not expected to have things all his own way, with others players in good form including Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Brandt Snedeker, who have been given odds around 12/1 and 25/1.

The chosen course features thick rough and deep bunkers – suggesting that it will favour those players who are powerful hitters, just like last year’s Lake Course did. Therefore, while Woods and McIlroy appear to be clear favourites, some betting fans may prefer to sit this one out and play a golf themed game at an online casino instead such as Lucky Nugget.

They certainly wouldn’t have any shortage of choice if they did decide to, although one of the very best such games has to be the golfing slot The Argyle Open. Slots games are always amongst the most popular casino games, because they are easy to play and present a real chance of winning some money – and The Argyle Open is no different. Furthermore, playing such games doesn’t have to be purely an alternative to betting on events like the US Open these days, because mobile casino options mean that you can play golf themed casino games at any time – and from any place – even while you are watching the US Open action to see how your bet is getting on.

All about Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker is an American professional golfer. He has a membership of the PGA Tour. He has been ranked as high as number 2 on the official world golf rankings.

Steve Stricker has as many as twenty professional wins to his credit. That includes his 12 PGA Tour wins. In 1996, 26 May Steve Stricker won the Kemper Open by three stroked over Brad Faxon and Scott Hoch. Same year, 7 July he won the Motorola Western Open by defeating Mark O’Meara and Grant Waite by 8 strokes. Then after a long drought, finally in 2001, 7 January he won the Accenture Match Play Championship by defeating Pierre Fulke. In 2007 he claimed the Barclays Open over K.J. Choi of South Korea. On 31 May 2009 he won the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial by defeating Tim Clark of South Africa and Steve Marino of U.S.A. in a sudden death playoff.

In 2009 he claimed The John Deere Classic on 12 July by 3 strokes over Zach Johnson and Brett Quigley, both representing the United States. He won The Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke. In 2010 he had two victories in the PGA Tour, his first came on 7 February at The Northern Trust Open and then 11 July John Deere Classic.

His latest PGA Tour win was on 9 January 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by three strokes. He has set a PGA Tour playoff record in the consecutive years 2008 and 2009 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship where he lost to birdie on the fourth extra hole to Daniel Chopra and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial where he won with birdie on second extra hole.

His other wins include the 1987 Wisconsin State Open as an amateur, the 1990 Victoria Open in Canada, the 1991, 1998 and 2000 Wisconsin State Open, the 1993 Canadian PGA Championship and the 2009 shark shootout.