U.S. Open Final Rd. Odds

While rain and sloppy conditions has made things interesting on the Bethpage Black Course the past couple days, the 2009 U.S. Open has made it to the fourth and final round of play.

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After three rounds of play, American Ricky Barnes currently has a one-stroke lead over fellow U.S. golfer Lucas Glover for first place. Barnes shot a 67 in Round 1, a 65 in Round 2 and a 70 in Round 3 to take the lead heading into the final round and thus far, he’s shocking the golf world with his play.

Before play began, Barnes didn’t even have opening odds, therefore he was part of The Field, which had short odds to win the U.S. Open at 5/2. Count Glover (who shot a 69 in Round 1, a 64 in Round 2 and a 70 in Round 3 for a 7-under par) as another golfer who was grouped in The Field odds, as oddsmakers didn’t establish any opening odds for him either.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com now have Bares as a 5/2 favorite to win this year’s U.S. Open, while Glover has been given 2/1 short odds to win.

Of course, the biggest surprise so far outside of the play of Barnes, has been the poor performance by favorite Tiger Woods. He had a rough opening round, shooting a 74 before rebounding to shoot a 69 in Round 2. At 143, Woods was 11 shots back of Barnes (132) at the end of two rounds and is now only nine strokes behind Barnes heading into the final round after shooting a 68 in Round 3.

One golfer to keep an eye as the U.S. Open enters its final round of play is Phil Mickelson, who shot a 69 in the first round, a 70 in Round 2 and a 69 again in Round 3 for a 2-under par. Although he sits six strokes back of Barnes, Mickelson has been consistent and given his immense experience, he shouldn’t be counted out until the final hole has been played.

Oddsmakers have established Woods’ odds at 20/1 and Mickelson’s at 11/2. If you think Woods has a major (no pun intended) comeback in him, than you can’t beat 20/1 odds. At 11/2, Mickelson’s odds aren’t too shabby either.

Due to the rain, after the third round the USGA will re-pair and send golfers off the first and 10th tees again starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The idea is to wrap up play by Noon or so on Monday, June 22. 

For complete odds on golfers entering the fourth and final round, see below.

Updated 2009 U.S. Open Odds to Win – 2009 U.S. Open Round 4 Odds

Ricky Barnes 5/2

Lucas Glover 2/1

Mike Weir 16/1

Tiger Woods 20/1

Phil Mickelson 11/2

Hunter Mahan 14/1

Todd Hamilton 66/1

Retief Goosen 28/1

Ross Fisher 14/1

David Duval 14/1

Sean O'Hair 25/1

Bubba Watson 66/1

Graeme McDowell 50/1

Stephen Ames 50/1

Steve Stricker 100/1

Lee Westwood 100/1

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Posted: 6/21/09 5:05PM ET

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