The odds for the winner of the 2013 US open are dominated by the appearance of European players, these range from 2011 winner Rory Mcilroy who will play alongside World number 1 Tiger Woods who is 9-2 favourite and also alongside 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott who is 20-1 favourite similar to Rory who is also 20-1 favourite. Other fellow Europeans are Graeme Mcdowell who won in 2010 and also Justin Rose and Lee Westwood. The Americans of course still dominate the top seeds going into the US open as Big Phil Mickelson is at 20-1, Matt Kuchar at 20-1 and Brandt Snedeker at 28-1.
This years tournament is the 113th in its history and will be played at the legendary and coveted course of Merion located 11 miles out of Philadelphia. The course dates back to 1896 with the east course opening in 1912 and will be home to the 2013 US open. The east course runs 6,846 yards across the Ardmore landscape and last held the US open in 1981 where Australian David Graham won and also won his share of $55,000. Not only has the popularity of this competition rose but also the prize money. The first ever US open was played over a nine-hole course in Rhode Island and was a 36 hole competition played in 1 day with 10 professionals and just 1 amateur. The winner took home $150 out of a $335 prize fund in contrast to the prize fund of todays competition reaching to an astounding $8,000,000.
Although he may not have the best odds, Luke Donald is still a major contender to take home his first major as he moves up the world rankings to 6th as the top 5; Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose are unchanged. Everyone is still chasing Tiger Woods as he has passed his 365th week as world number 1.
Last years winner Webb Simpson is looking forward to retaining his title after shooting 1 over par over the four rounds. The year before that was the record-breaking Rory Mcilroy as he shot 16 under par just a few weeks after his Masters meltdown that saw him lose a four shot the lead going into the final and finish with a final round of 80 which left him 10 strokes behind the winner Charl Schwartzel.
There are many great golfers playing this weekend and all playing for that huge prize fund. But who do you think is going to win?