- Tiger Woods attracting more bets than any other golfer to win US Open at William Hill sportsbooks
- Single largest wager was placed on Phil Mickelson to win($45,000 at +7500 odds)
- Woods’ last US Open victory was in 2008
The upcoming US Open will officially kick off the PGA Tour’s 2020-21 schedule. The world’s best golfers will descend upon Winged Foot Golf Club in New York this weekend. Major golf tournaments tend to be big-money events for golf betting sites and land-based sportsbooks alike, and this year’s event is no exception.
While Dustin Johnson, fresh off of a stirring victory in the Tour Championship, is the betting favorite to win this weekend’s major, the 36-year-old isn’t necessarily attracting the most money from golf bettors.
Tiger Remains Popular
That’s because you-know-who will be a part of the field this weekend. Tiger Woods, who has won just one major title in the past 12 years, is the most popular attraction at this year’s US Open. More money has been wagered on Tiger to win the tournament at William Hill sportsbooks across the US. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, has attracted the single largest bet of any golfer.
As of late Tuesday, William Hill reported that 18 percent of the total money wagered on the US Open winner has come in on Woods at +4000 odds. Johnson is a +850 favorite, with Jon Rahm (+1000), Xander Schauffele (+1400), and Justin Thomas (+1400) not far behind.
Big Bet On Lefty
Mickelson is a long shot to win at +8000. Lefty is still one of the more popular golfers on the tour, though, so he’s someone that typically draws more betting interest than he probably should at this stage of his career. Despite having never won the US Open in the past, one better placed a hefty $45,000 wager on Mickelson at +7500 at one William Hill sportsbook in Nevada. If Phil wins his first US Open, that anonymous bettor will take home $3.375 million in winnings.
That’s the second-biggest wager ever placed on a single golfer at a William Hill book in the US. Last year, one bettor put down $100,000 on Woods to win all four major titles at +10000 odds.
While Mickelson’s chances of winning are slim, he has come close at this course in the past. Mickelson double-bogeyed the 18th hole at the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot despite holding a one-shot lead entering the final hole. Phil’s gaffe ultimately gave the title to Geoff Ogilvy.
Mickelson caught wind of the wager and posted this on Twitter:
Heard someone place 45k on me to win the open at 75-1 (pays 3.3 mil)
Hoping for both of us I have a 3 shot lead on 18 tee.
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) September 12, 2020
Phil has finished second place six times at the US Open in the past. While Tiger is the most popular betting option for golf wagerers at William Hill, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has gotten plenty of action on Mickelson.
Jeff Sherman, the vice president of risk management at the Westgate, told ESPN, “Phil is our largest liability.” Of Woods, Sherman said, “He’s a positive position for us, which is rare for a major.” ESPN says Schauffele is the only golfer to have attracted more interest than Mickelson at the SuperBook.
Woods’ Lackluster Track Record at Winged Foot
Woods missed the cut at the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, which marked the first time he had ever missed a cut at a major. Tiger also finished tied for 29th at the 1997 PGA Championship at the same course.
Earlier this week, the three-time US Open champ called Winged Foot one of the most difficult courses in the world. Tiger said, “Well, I think it’s right up there next to Oakmont and I think Carnoustie as far as just sheer difficulty without even doing anything to it. I think those three golf courses, they can host major championships without ever doing anything to them.”
Woods’ last US Open victory came in 2008 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.