On June the 15th the worlds best golfers will compete to take out the coverted US Open golf tournament at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in New York. The US Open is considered by many as the best golf competition on the tour, and it always attracts alot of attention from all over the world. Millions of dollars are lost every year from people betting on the outcome, so here at sportsbetblog.com.au we are going to give you some inside knowledge of the course and which of the likely contenders you can put your free bet from Sportingbet on to win 109th US Open.
Bethstate Park boasts five of the best golf courses in the world Blue, Black, Red, Green and Yellow. The 2009 US Open will be played on the Black course,the same course that caused so many problem when the tournament was last held there in 2002. On that occasion it was Tiger Woods who took home the $1,000,000 winners cheque and I am sure there will be a lot of money riding on him to do the same this year.
The Black course is renowned for its deep bunkers that surround the greens and the large oak trees that line the fairways, making accuracy rather than distance a must straight from the tee. This is where Tiger has the upper hand on probably every other golfer out there, the guy can do both. He literally has every shot in the book and also has the power to back it up. The only plus side for the rest of the field may be that Tiger has only played in five tournaments since having reconstructive knee surgery last year, failing to win any of them. The man himself also admits that he is not driving the ball anywhere near as well as he was before the surgery. Tiger is actually sitting 136th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage at 57.6 percent thats (129/224) of fairways hit. It is this that could be the great mans undoing.
With Tigers recent injury and lack of wins it is pretty hard to believe that he is such a strong favourite. This makes Mickelson at $10 an amazing bet, he has a fantastic short game and is in great form having already won two titles this year. It is because of this that I will be putting all my money on big Phil Mickelson to put one over on Tiger and finally win the US Open after four second place finishes in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Sergio is a golfer with a lot of talent and he has seven PGA Tour titles and eight European titles to prove it. But despite being considered one of the best on the tour Sergio has never been able to turn it on for the major championships. He has made a slow start to 2009 failing to even make the cut in a number of tournaments, but you can never right off the man they call El Nino. At $26.00 Segio is well worth a punt to get his first US Open title under his belt.
Stuart Appleby is the most fancied of the Australian contingent, but the truth is that Appleby has had a pretty shocking start to the season finishing in the top ten just once from 13 tournaments. I feel that Appleby doesn’t really have what it takes to win the US Open this year, but at Sportingbet.com.au you can take a quarter of the odds, thats $20.00, that he will finish in the top five. Deffinately worth a free bet.