Golf Picks: US Open Odds Affected by Player Drama

Thursday, June 5, 2014 5:07 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 5:07 PM UTC

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?

<p style="text-align:center"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><b>Breaking Up Is Hard To Do</b><br /> <img alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" src="" style="font-size:1em" />Rory McIlroy's <span style="font-size:1em">recent former flame<span style="font-size:1em">,</span> professional <a href="/picks/more-sports/tennis-picks-wta-french-open-draw/39779/" target="_blank" title="Wozniacki was in our early WTA French Open Draw picks">tennis vixen Caroline Wozniacki</a>, 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: </span></p> <p><i style="font-size:1em">"They say that breaking up is hard to do.</i><br /> <i style="font-size:1em">Now, I know,<br /> I know that it's true...</i><br /> <i style="font-size:1em">Don't say that this is the end!</i><br /> <i style="font-size:1em">Instead of breaking up,<br /> I wish that we were making up again…”</i></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Hooray, I say! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">I guarantee </span><a href="" style="font-size:1em" target="_blank" title="Here's an interesting non-tennis prop pick on Rory McIlroy">Rory McIlroy</a><span style="font-size:1em"> 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. </span><span style="font-size:1em">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. </span></p> <p><br /> <b style="font-size:1em"><span style="font-size:1em">What does this all mean for Rory’s chances in the U.S. Open starting June 12</span><sup>th</sup></b><span style="font-size:1em"><b> at Pinehurst? </b></span><br /> <span style="font-size:1em">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 <a href="/picks/more-sports/free-picks-pga-championship-betting-odds-predictions/32684/" target="_blank" title="Revisit last year's PGA picks">PGA Tour event</a>, and then the U.S. Open the following week. </span><span style="font-size:1em">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? </span><span style="font-size:1em">Well, there’s a major bookmaker <a href="" target="_blank" title="Originally, bettors had more faith in McIlroy">who believes McIlroy is the goods</a>, because is dealing some of the lowest U.S. Open odds on McIlroy at 7-1.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">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 at 10-1 might tickle your fancy. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Personally, I believe there are plenty of other options for <a href="/picks/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="Would you like other valuable sports picks from our handicapping experts?">your golf picks</a> available at odds much more robust than 10-1 that are far more enticing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Come June 12</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em">, we’ll all have a better idea of just how hard breaking up really is for Rory McIlroy.</span></p> <p><br /> <b style="font-size:1em">Lefty and the Law</b><br /> <img alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" src="" /><span style="font-size:1em">Phil Mickelson has a lot more on his mind these days than conquering his demons at the U.S. Open. The <a href="" target="_blank" title="Bettors discuss current FBI investigation on Mickelson">swirling accusations hurled by the feds</a> of potential insider trading activities have obviously caused a hiccup, as Lefty shot a closing round of 73, and tied for 49</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> place at The Memorial. </span><span style="font-size:1em">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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">As of this writing, Mickelson can be had at U.S. Open odds of 18-1 at shops like, 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. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em"><b>Free Golf Pick: </b></span><span style="font-size:1em">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? </span><span style="font-size:1em">I’m going to short that option, and say no. </span></p>
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