Woods vs. Mickelson
The final round of the 2010 U.S. Open takes place on Sunday and the top two golfers in the world are in contention to win.
After each shot a 5-under 66 in one of the last two rounds, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among contenders to win the event, but which of the two will score better in Sunday’s round?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com
Tiger Woods -135:
Woods had not faired to well in the first two rounds but a 66 on Saturday with three straight birdies to end his round has put him at 1-under for the tournament, five shots in back of leader Dustin Johnson. Woods looked like a three-time Open winner on the back nine Saturday and his competitive fires are at an all-time high. While he might not have enough to win this event, he should post a solid score on Sunday to give the field something to think about.
Phil Mickelson -105:
Mickelson posted a 66 on Friday, but couldn’t follow it up, shooting a 73 on Saturday. The adventurous lefty likes to take a few too many chances to consistently play well on the U.S. open courses and while he may put together some good holes early, one mistake usually leads to his downfall on Sundays in the U.S. Open. Don’t look for Mickelson to post another 66 on Sunday as he knows he will need to take early chances, and those likely won’t turn out well.
Who will win: Because Woods is in the hunt and he played as well as he did on Saturday, we like his chances to shoot better than Mickelson on Sunday. Woods will try to start quickly and make the leaders lose their cool in hopes of making up the five-shot differential. Mickelson will look to do the same, but one bad tee shot from him could open up Pandora’s Box. We just don’t think his rebellious style of play suits this situation.
Posted: 6/20/10 10:40AM ET