Els vs. Mickelson

Two of the world’s top golfers are vying for the lead in the 2010 U.S. Open, but who will have the better third round between Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els.

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According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com, Mickelson has the edge with a money line of -180 while Els has a line of +140. Here is a look at both golfers heading into this round, which takes place from Pebble Beach in Pebble Beach, California and takes place on Saturday.

Phil Mickelson -180:
Mickelson is tied for second place in the tournament at 1-under par. Mickelson shot a 4-over par 75 in the opening round and followed up with a 5-under 66 on Friday. Mickelson has finished second in the U.S. Open five different times in his career but has never won the event. Mickelson has admitted that this course doesn’t fit his daredevil style as one mistake could cost him dearly. Coming off such an impressive win, the course is due to get a shot or two back from Mickelson on Saturday.
Ernie Els +140:
Like Mickelson, Els is tied for second for the tournament at -1. Els shot a 73in the opening round and a 68 in Friday’s round. Els is a two-time U.S. Open winner and he finished second in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Els has the type of golf game that better suits this tournament as he plays conservatively and he keeps his emotions in check. Els hasn’t contended in a U.S. Open since finishing ninth in 2004.

Who will win: Because Mickelson is coming off a tremendous second round, we expect him to not be at his best on Saturday. Els has been a little more consistent and his past of winning this event leads us to believe that he will be in contention on Sunday. With him getting the longer odds, we suggest betting on The Big Easy for the third round.

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Posted: 6/19/10 12:41AM ET


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