The US Open is looming and there are two golfers who find themselves in the middle of some off the course shenanigans. How will Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson handle the drama and will it affect the US Open odds at Pinehurst?
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Rory McIlroy's recent former flame, professional tennis vixen Caroline Wozniacki, is apparently channeling Neil Sedaka’s 1962 Billboard Chart sensation, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." It’s a tale of unrequited love, and it goes a little something like this:
"They say that breaking up is hard to do.
Now, I know,
I know that it's true...
Don't say that this is the end!
Instead of breaking up,
I wish that we were making up again…”
Ah, now who doesn’t get a little misty-eyed when an elite golfer with a burgeoning bank account, and a stone-cold fox (who also happens to be a world class tennis player) experience the angst of a romance gone asunder? Well, I’ll venture a guess, and say there’s not a damp eye in the house.
Hooray, I say!
I guarantee Rory McIlroy wouldn’t spend a moment searching for my errant drive if, in a parallel universe, we were to partner up at my local municipal dump –er, golf course – and whack it around for 18 holes. Nor would the lovely and talented Ms. Wozniacki give you, or I, more than a caustic glance if we were to, say, offer to buy her a cocktail at our neighborhood watering hole of choice. Sure, it’s a bit mean-spirited to revel in the disruption of their otherwise idyllic lives, but allow me this one indulgence, as I applaud every salty tear, and cheer their public “uncoupling” as the tabloids are fond of saying these days.
What does this all mean for Rory’s chances in the U.S. Open starting June 12th at Pinehurst?
Well, if you happen to be a gambler who believes that professional athletes are automatons, and devoid of emotional distractions, then this little tidbit might titillate you: No player has ever won a PGA Tour event, and then the U.S. Open the following week. Rory is playing in the St. Jude FedEx Classic this week as a tune-up for the Open next week. Can he be the first player in history to pull off the perfecta? Well, there’s a major bookmaker who believes McIlroy is the goods, because WilliamHill.com is dealing some of the lowest U.S. Open odds on McIlroy at 7-1.
However, if you’re a chalk player, and you believe that he can defy history, and ignore his former paramour’s twittering activities as she waxes prosaic on their doomed engagement, then Ladbrokes.com at 10-1 might tickle your fancy. Personally, I believe there are plenty of other options for your golf picks available at odds much more robust than 10-1 that are far more enticing.
Come June 12th, we’ll all have a better idea of just how hard breaking up really is for Rory McIlroy.
Lefty and the Law
Phil Mickelson has a lot more on his mind these days than conquering his demons at the U.S. Open. The swirling accusations hurled by the feds of potential insider trading activities have obviously caused a hiccup, as Lefty shot a closing round of 73, and tied for 49th place at The Memorial. It will be interesting to see how he fares on the plush emerald lush of the TPC Southwind this week, which is command central for the St. Jude Classic.
As of this writing, Mickelson can be had at U.S. Open odds of 18-1 at shops like Bet365.com, but like his counterpart Rory McIlroy, he too will be attempting to create history as the only player to win a PGA Tour event followed by a win at the U.S. Open the following week.
Free Golf Pick: With the shadowy Vegas icon Billy Walters, and bombastic billionaire Carl Icahn included in this witches brew of big money wheeling and dealing, can Mickelson divorce himself emotionally from the hubbub, and swing sweetly at Pinehurst? I’m going to short that option, and say no.