Tiger Woods Considered US Open Favorite Following Masters Performance

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 16, 2013

SAN DIEGO - JUNE 16:  Tiger Woods celebrates with the trophy after winning on the first sudden death playoff hole during the playoff round of the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 16, 2008 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After finishing in a tie for fourth place at the 2013 Masters, Tiger Woods is being hailed as the favorite to win the U.S. Open in June. 

According to Bovada, via Kyle Porter of CBSSports.com, Woods opens up as a 9/2 favorite to win.

This year's U.S. Open is being held at the Merion Golf Club, East Course, in Ardmore, Pa., from June 10 to June 16. This will be the fifth time this tournament has been held at the historic course—the last time being in 1981, when Australian golfer David Graham won the event.

The 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was the last major tournament Woods won. He has tallied eight top-six finishes since then, but his 15th major win has eluded him. 

Given the way Woods has played thus far in 2013, it should be no surprise that he's being considered as the favorite this year. 

Before his fourth-place finish at Augusta National, Woods had won three of the five tournaments he entered on the PGA Tour thus far in 2013—two more than any other golfer in the world. 

And if not for the two-stroke penalty he suffered due to an illegal drop on hole No. 15 during the second round of the Masters, Woods would have been just two strokes off the leaders. 

Simply put, Woods is playing brilliantly of late, re-claiming the No. 1 spot atop the Official World Golf Rankings and looking more and more like the player who dominated the men's tour before his fall from grace.

As long as he continues to play as he has this season, Woods will likely be the favorite to win all three remaining major championships in 2013. 

Here are the top betting favorites to win this year's U.S. Open, via Bovada:

Rank Player Odds To Win
1 Tiger Woods 9/2
2 Rory McIlroy 10/1
3 Adam Scott 20/1
4 Lee Westwood 22/1
5 Phil Mickelson 22/1
6 Brandt Snedeker 25/1
7 Justin Rose 25/1
8 Luke Donald 25/1
9 Charl Schwartzel  28/1
10 Sergio Garcia 28/1


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