By David Payne Purdum / @DavidPurdum
More bets have been placed on Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner to win the U.S. Open than on Tiger Woods at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook.
But three times more money has been bet on Woods than any other golfer, according to SuperBook manager and golf odds specialist Jeff Sherman.
Woods is the favorite at 7/1 at the SuperBook.
“With his odds being short, you see a lot of the larger bets. People come up and put $500 or $1,000 on Tiger,” said Sherman. “They generally don’t do that with those longer shots.”
The SuperBook is facing a pretty big liability on Woods if he was to win, something in the five-figure range, estimated Sherman.
Luke Donald has the second most money bet on him, but it’s nowhere close to what’s on Woods.
US Open betting factoids
–The over/under on the winning score is 278.5 (-1 ½). Bettors initially took the under, but Sherman said a lot more money has came in on the over since, forcing him to push the juice up to -150 to bet the over.
Last year, the projected winning score at par-71 Congressional was 281.5. Rory McIlroy won with a 16-under, 268.
“No one knew that coming,” said Sherman. “A lot of people who like the over are thinking that the USGA is going get back at everybody for what happened last year.”
–Speaking of the defending champion, the betting action on McIlroy has been slim. He began as the favorite, but was surpassed after Woods won the Memorial. McIlroy is now 15/1, the highest he’s been since Sherman opened the U.S. Opens directly after the Masters.
“It’s not like there’s anything overwhelming coming in on [McIlroy] at 15/1, but I’m not going to go 20/1,” said Sherman. “I think at 20/1, we’d get a lot of action there.”
–The length of Olympic Club (7,170 yards) will leave golfers with lots of 175-200-yard approach shots. Bubba Watson leads the Tour in relative score to par from that distance.
–“I wouldn’t bet anyone that’s lower than double digits to win the U.S. Open.” – Jeff Sherman.
–Lee Westwood (12/1) is Sherman’s No. 1 power rated golfer,
–The SuperBook is on pace to eclipse the handle from last year’s U.S. Open.
–U.S. Open setups force golfers to make 3-to-5-foot putts. Louis Oosthuizen has made 82 of 86 putts from that range this year on Tour.
–Sherman’s two players to watch in the matchups – Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia.