Qualifying for the U.S. Open is over and some big names were able to make the field and be included on the offshore betting board. Major champions Davis Love III, Ben Curtis and Tom Lehman were just a few of the players that were able to qualify.
Online bookmaker odds will likely favor Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the U.S. Open but this year’s tournament looks wide open with neither Wood nor Mickelson playing that well. Some big names will not be part of the field including last week’s winner Justin Rose who did not qualify. Rickie Fowler didn’t make it either. There were a total of 84 spots up for grabs in sectional qualifying on Monday. Rose and Fowler were just a few of the big names who didn’t make it. Rocco Mediate who lost to Tiger two years ago in a playoff did not make it. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin fell two shots short and 1992 U.S. Open champ Tom Kite missed a playoff by one shot. Some big names did make it in qualifying. Former PGA champ Shaun Micheel made the field as did Paul Goydos, J.J. Henry, Brandt Snedeker, Stuart Appelby, Aaron Baddeley and Bo Van Pelt.
Erik Compton, who has had two heart transplants was able to make the field. He had his first heart transplant at age 12 and received a second transplant just two years ago. He has received four sponsor exemptions this year but he finished last at the Memorial last week. He didn’t even know if he would play in the qualifier but he ended up winning. Also in the field will be Brian Davis who called a penalty on himself earlier this year in a playoff at Hilton Head. Another qualifier was Ty Tryon who in 2001 became the youngest player to qualify for a PGA Tour event at age 17.
Normally when it comes to golf odds, Tiger Woods is a big favorite in every tournament. That is not going to be the case in the U.S. Open. Tiger has not played well at all and the only reason he will be one of the favorites is because of his name. Mickelson has played better and could be the co-favorite with Woods when the offshore betting odds are released.