The second major of the golfing season is just over a week away in Internet betting but before golfers tee it up for the U.S. Open, many of them will be playing the St. Jude Classic in Memphis this week.
Lee Westwood is the online betting favorite this week with Rory McIlroy the second choice.
Internet betting odds will not include Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson this week as both players take the week off in preparation for the U.S. Open next week. The St. Jude Classic should still be interesting though with two International players leading the way. Westwood got a sponsor’s exemption into the event and he is the favorite while McIlroy always attracts attention in online betting. Teenager Jordan Spieth will also be in the tournament this week.
Other top players in the field this week include Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson. Harrington is the co-third choice in the betting along with Ben Crane at Internet betting odds of 16.5 to 1. Johnson is the co-fifth choice along with Robert Allenby at 18-1. Poulter is listed at 26-1 in golf odds this week.
If you like longshots this is a very good week to be betting golf. There are some players who have a real chance to win. The defending champion is Brian Gay and he has odds of 23-1. Chad Campbell is always capable of pulling off an upset and his odds are 60-1.
Westwood, Crane and Johnson should be in contention this week but other players like Robert Allenby, Heath Slocum and David Toms should be in the hunt. Toms has won this even twice and he was the runner-up a year ago. He played well last week at Colonial and could be primed to win this even yet again. He has appealing online betting odds of 23-1.
Players who are entered in the St. Jude this week have to fight some history. The last player to play in the St. Jude and then win the U.S. Open the following week was Payne Stewart back in 1999. Many players like to have the week off before the Open and that is why players like Woods, Mickelson and others are bypassing the event this week.