2012 US Open Preview: The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California

The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
Par: 70, Yardage: 7170, Purse: $8,000,000
June 14-17, 2012

The second major of the year tees off Thursday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Tiger Woods is the 13/2 favorite.

The Olympic Club has hosted four U.S. Open Championships in 1955, 1966, 1987, and 1998. Jack Fleck won the 1955 U.S. Open. He defeated Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff after the two had tied at the end of 72 holes with scores of 287. Billy Casper defeated Arnold Palmer in a playoff to win the 1966 U.S. Open. In 1987, Scott Simpson won the U.S. Open by one stroke over Tom Watson. Lee Janzen won the most recent U.S. Open at Olympic in 1998 with a score of 280 (even par, as the course played a par 70 for the U.S. Open). In the 1998 U.S. Open, players complained about the pin position at the 18th hole in the second round. The pin was set at the top of a ridge, and, with the U.S. Open’s knack for making hard, fast greens, many balls rolled on way past the cup. Kirk Triplett incurred a two-stroke penalty when he used his putter to stop the ball from rolling. Payne Stewart, the runner-up to Janzen, complained as he three-putted the hole. The putting green was flattened around 2000 as a result, but was given more slope in the recent renovation to the course. This decision was made by the club, not the USGA.

The Olympic features arguably the toughest first six holes of any major plus a monster 670-yard par five at the 16th hole.
Tiger Woods characterized the opening six-pack as the toughest opening stretch in majors history. “I think that the first six, if you play them for four straight days in even par, you’re going to be picking up a boatload of shots,” Woods said.

“The real standout thing is going to be the first six holes,” said former Open champion and Olympic member Johnny Miller, a San Francisco native who has played the course hundreds of times. “With No. 1 being a par 4, it’s probably the hardest opening six holes maybe in the history of major championship golf — with no wind.”

The opening stretch includes two of the club’s trademark reverse-canted fairways, where the slope runs opposite the direction of the dogleg, a slew of tiny greens, and holes with four new tees that have added 152 yards to the stretch since 1998, the last time the Open was played at Olympic, which is perched on a bluff a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean shoreline.

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Tiger Woods 13/2
Lee Westwood 11/1
Luke Donald 11/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Dustin Johnson 25/1
Jason Dufner 25/1
Matt Kuchar 25/1
Justin Rose 28/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Jim Furyk 33/1
Rickie Fowler 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Bo Van Pelt 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Ernie Els 66/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Jason Day 66/1
Keegan Bradley 66/1
Nick Watney 66/1
Peter Hanson 66/1
Webb Simpson 66/1
Aaron Baddeley 80/1
Carl Pettersson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Geoff Ogilvy 80/1
Graeme McDowell 80/1
Jonathan Byrd 80/1
K.J. Choi 80/1
Padraig Harrington 80/1
Bill Haas 100/1
Brandt Snedeker 100/1
Henrik Stenson 100/1
Martin Laird 100/1

Tiger Woods 10/1
Lee Westwood 16/1
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Luke Donald 18/1
Phil Mickelson 22/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Jason Dufner 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Bo Van Pelt 50/1
Charl Schwartzel 50/1
Ernie Els 50/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Jason Day 50/1
Keegan Bradley 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
Martin Kaymer 50/1
Padraig Harrington 50/1
Peter Hanson 50/1
Sergio Garcia 50/1
Webb Simpson 50/1
Zach Johnson 50/1

10:33a PGA TOUR – US Open 2012 Tournament Head to Head Preview
Players listed must Tee off for wager to have action. If both players have the same score, all wagers will be graded as a No Action. Match up for the Tournament.

All Head-to-Heads have same condition

Tiger Woods -125
Lee Westwood -105

Bubba Watson -115
Louis Oosthuizen -115

Phil Mickelson -115
Dustin Johnson -115

Rickie Fowler -125
Phil Mickelson -105

Martin Kaymer -115
Charl Schwartzel-115

Carl Pettersson -115
Aaron Baddeley -115

Charles Howell III -150
Kyle Stanley +115

Justin Rose -115
Zach Johnson -115

Jim Furyk -115
Adam Scott -115

Keegan Bradley -115
Peter Hanson -115

Webb Simpson -115
Jonathan Byrd -115

Adam Scott -155
Jason Day +120

Nick Watney -120
Graeme McDowell -110

Matt Kuchar -125
Justin Rose -105

Lee Westwood -130
Rory McIlroy EVEN

Luke Donald -130
Rory McIlroy EVEN

Luke Donald -115
Lee Westwood -115

Dustin Johnson -115
Matt Kuchar -115

Ernie Els -115
Ian Poulter -115

Sergio Garcia -115
Rickie Fowler -115