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Bookies Have Tiger Woods Favorite in 2008 US Open Odds

by Steve Hastings on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Bookies have Tiger Woods favorite in 2008 US Open Odds: Early Monday morning at around 7 am, Tiger Woods teed off on the front 9 at Torrey Pines (South Course) in La Jolla California, and the results will make the rest of the field sigh. With the breathtaking panorama, and refreshing breeze of the Pacific Ocean, the PGA’s 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines promises to be a majestic weekend in Southern California. Bookies have Tiger Woods favorite in 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines betting odds at SportsBook.com.

Tiger Woods only played the front 9 on Monday at Torrey Pines, but according to swing coach, Hank Haney, Tiger “looked good… he'll be OK. No problems so far,” as he crushed drives, and scrambled in and out of hazards.

Tiger played his 9 holes alongside Bubba Watson who said: “He’s got a whole career to worry about… I don’t think he’s going to mess it up. That’s what he did, he pulled out of Memorial because he felt he wasn’t ready, and if he wasn’t ready here, he wouldn’t show up, no matter what the course was, no matter what the crowd wants, no matter what the media wants. He’s not going to end his career on some stupidity.” According to SportsBook.com Tiger Woods' Golf betting odds of winning this weekend’s 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines are 5-2.

Tiger who is coming off arthroscopy knee surgery (on his left knee), decided to skip the Memorial because he felt his knee wasn’t 100% to play 18 holes of tournament golf. As a matter of fact, he played his first full (17-holes) round of golf last Wednesday while still rehabbing, but decided to stop after he noticed a mob of people awaited him at the 18th green.   

This weekend’s 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines will be Tiger Woods’ first professional golf tournament since April 13th at The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, where Trevor Immelman just managed to beat him. We’ll have to wait and see if Tiger is able to play at a high level after a 2-month long absence.

The last time Tiger played the U.S. Open was right after this father’s death a year ago. Woods clearly wasn't ready to play that tournament, not physically, but more so, not mentally. He had a very uncharacteristic subpar performance, as he failed to make the cut.

Despite his 2-month absence, Tiger still comes in ranked 1st in all 3 major 2008 PGA Tour categories: FedEx Cup points (17,745), World Rank Points (19.5), and Money List ($4,425,000).

Here are other noticeable 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines Betting Odds, presented by SportsBook.com:

Phil Mickelson: 5 – 1

Angel Cabrera (Defending US Open Champion): 100 – 1

Sergio Garcia: 15 – 1

Vijay Singh: 25 – 1   

Geoff Ogilvy: 25 – 1

For complete list of players and their respective odds of winning the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, please visit: SportsBook.com      

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