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US Open Golf Betting Guide

The US Open is the second major championship of the year and is played in June. Unlike The Masters, this championship is played over several different courses which all bid to stage the lucrative event. In 2011 the tournament was held at Congressional Country Club and was won by Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, a year after fellow countryman Graeme McDowell won the title at Pebble Beach.

For the US Open, the courses are limited to a par 70 and the USGA manage the course to make it a real test of golf. The rough is allowed to grow to make accurate driving essential and the greens are often set up to be lightning quick with the emphasis very much on level par winning the championship. Should the championship finish in a tie after 72 holes, the US Open is decided with an 18 hole playoff on Monday, the only tournament to finish in such a way.

As the tournament is an open field the betting markets on it are a lot more varied. Players from across the world take part in the event which allows bookmakers to price up markets like the top European player, top American player as well as top Rest Of The World player and then there are also markets for things such as top debutant and top amateur.

A huge field descended on The Olympic Club in San Fransisco in June 2012 with American Webb Simpson negotiating the notoriously tough course the best of all shooting a 1 over par 281. Simpson will defend his title in 2013 when the US Open heads to the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

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