U.S. Open Free Picks

The 2009 U.S. Open is set to tee off on Thursday, June 18 and our team of writers and handicappers put together their picks for this year’s annual event.

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The U.S. Open is often considered the toughest tournament on the pro tour and with so many great players in this year’s event it’s hard to find values and sleepers. But that’s exactly what we intend to do as we picked three golfers who we believe have a shot to win this year’s Open.

Tiger Woods 3/2

We know, we know – it’s not hard to pick the favorite. But it’s hard to bet against this guy in any event so we’re not about to for a major event. This year’s U.S. Open will be held at Bethpage State Park on the Black Course. With that course being all about power, it’s hard to go against Woods, who always has some of the furthest drives of any golfer when he competes. He’s driving the ball incredibly well this year and shows no signs of slowing down. He also has history on his side, as he’s won the U.S. Open three times already in his career, including last year at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.

David Toms 50/1

At 50/1 to win, Toms might be the best value of any golfer playing in this year’s Open. Thus far in 2009, Tomas has six top 10 finishes and has competed fairly well at the U.S. Open in his career, finishing fifth in both 2003 and 2007. Toms is one of better drivers in this year’s Open, which is vital playing on the Bethpage Black Course. Toms should be anxious to prove himself and with just one major championship victories (he won the PGA Championship in 2001), we think he’s due.

Sean O’Hair 33/1

O’Hair hits the ball long hard accurate, which much like Woods and Toms, should play well on this course. In 13 events this season, O’Hair has six top 10 finishes and four top 5 finishes. He also won at the tough Quail Hallow in May and is having a breakout season in 2009. As long as he puts well, he’ll have a shot to win this weekend.

The 2009 U.S. Open Championship will be played at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York starting on Thursday, June 18 and concluding Sunday, June 21. For more information on this year’s event including start times and TV schedules, be sure to check out our 2009 U.S. Open Championship Viewing Guide.

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Posted: 6/17/09 10:00AM ET

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