US Open 2012 Golf Odds: Tiger Woods Favored At 6 to 1 To Win 15th Major Tournament

on June 12 2012 12:17 PM

Tiger Woods is the favorite to win the U.S. Open 2012 golf tournament and his fifteenth major at 6 to 1 odds, according to online bookmaker, sportsbook.com.

Woods heads into the 2012 U.S. Open fresh off a victory in his last tournament, the Memorial, held June 3. The U.S. Open will start Thursday and run until Sunday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Tiger's win at the Memorial was his second of 2012 as he attempts a successful comeback, following infidelity problems that led to the end of his marriage to Elin Nordegren.

Thursday's U.S. Open will be the second major championship Tiger will compete in this year, and so far his results have been uncharacteristic for a man whom many believe to be the greatest golfer to ever play the game.

Woods finished in a disappointing tie for 40th place at the Masters in April, a tournament he was favored to win. He hasn't won a major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open, when he won his 14th tour.

Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports said Tiger's rocky start this tour season will make for a lot of drama at the U.S. Open.

He's more human now, which makes him both easier to criticize and easier to identify with, Adelson wrote. He could be headed for catastrophe or on the precipice of averting it completely, but every round feels climactic.

Rory McIlroy, the winner of the 2011 U.S. Open, is expected to be Tiger's stiffest competition. Sportsbook.com gives McIlroy 10 to 1 odds to win this year's tournament.

McIlroy is followed by a pair of English golfers: Lee Westwood, who placed third at last year's U.S. Open; and Luke Donald, the reigning PGA Player of the Year.

Both Westwood and Donald are listed at 12 to 1 odds, according to sportsbook.com.

Also at 12 to 1 is the field, or any other golfer not listed on sportsbook.com.

Phil Mickelson, Tiger's main rival in his prime, is next at 15 to 1 odds.

Here are the odds to win the 2012 U.S. Open, with golfers listed in the order of their odds of winning the major tournament, according to sportsbook.com.

Tiger Woods: 6 to 1

Rory McIlroy: 10 to 1

Lee Westwood: 12 to 1

Luke Donald: 12 to 1

Field: 12 to 1

Phil Mickelson: 15 to 1

Rickie Fowler: 25 to 1

Dustin Johnson: 25 to 1

Matt Kuchar: 25 to 1

Jason Dufner: 25 to 1

Hunter Mahan: 30 to 1

Jim Furyk: 30 to 1

Justin Rose: 30 to 1

Adam Scott: 30 to 1

Sergio Garcia: 40 to 1

Bubba Watson: 40 to 1

Zach Johnson: 40 to 1

Steve Stricker: 40 to 1

Bo Van Pelt: 50 to 1

Charl Schwartzel: 50 to 1

Jason Day: 50 to 1

Keegan Bradley: 50 to 1

Louis Oosthuizen: 50 to 1

Martin Kaymer: 50 to 1

Peter Hanson: 60 to 1

Jonathan Byrd: 60 to 1

Nick Watney: 60 to 1

Graeme McDowell: 60 to 1

Webb Simpson: 60 to 1

Ernie Els: 60 to 1

Padraig Harrington: 60 to 1

Ian Poulter: 60 to 1

Bill Haas: 80 to 1

Francesco Molinari: 80 to 1

Geoff Ogilvy: 80 to 1

Marin Laird: 100 to 1

John Senden: 100 to 1

KJ Choi: 100 to 1

Aaron Baddeley: 100 to 1

David Toms: 100 to 1

Carl Petterson: 100 to 1

Frederik Jacobson: 125 to 1

Ben Crane: 125 to 1

Matteo Manassero: 125 to 1

Tim Clark: 125 to 1

Retief Goosen: 125 to 1

Kevin Na: 125 to 1

Charles Howell III: 125 to 1

Mark Wilson: 150 to 1

Robert Karlsson: 150 to 1

Robert Garrigus: 150 to 1

Nicolas Colsaerts: 150 to 1

Vijay Singh: 150 to 1

Angel Cabrera: 150 to 1

YE Yang: 150 to 1

Gary Woodland: 150 to 1

Kyle Stanley: 150 to 1

Thomas Bjorn: 150 to 1

Alvaro Quiros: 150 to 1

Ryo Ishikawa: 15 to 1

Trevor Immelman: 150 to 1

Stewart Cink: 150 to 1

Miguel Angel Jimenez: 200 to 1

Kyung-Tae Kim: 200 to 1

Sang-Moon Bae: 200 to 1

Patrick Cantlay: 200 to 1

Lucas Glover: 200 to 1

Anders Hansen: 250 to 1

Simon Dyson: 250 to 1

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: 250 to 1

Robert Rock: 250 to 1

Kevin Chappell: 300 to 1

Chez Reavie: 500 to 1

Olin Browne: 1000 to 1

Michael Campbell: 1000 to 1

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