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Sports Betting News: World Cup, Ryder Cup, and US Open
06/16/10 6:04 PM
The World Cup began with some dramatics last weekend. In one of the most intriguing early games, the underdog United States squad matched up against England on Saturday. With the help of a botched play by England's goalie, the Americans were able to come away with a 1-1 draw to open play at the World Cup in South Africa.
The United States will return to action on Friday in Group C play against Slovenia. On the money line, the US is a -215 favorite in the match. In 3-way odds, the United States is at +100, Slovenia is at +265 and a draw is at +230. Slovenia secured a 1-0 victory in its opening World Cup match against Algeria. In the overall lines to win the World Cup, the US is still a significant longshot at 37/1. At odds of +365, Spain is the slight favorite to win the Cup. Brazil (+380) is close behind. Spain and Brazil will swing into action for the first time later this week.
Westwood brings momentum into US Open
While Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the co-favorites for this week's US Open at Pebble Beach with odds of +725, England's Lee Westwood (+1015) appears to be a significant threat to upstage the game's biggest names in golf's second major of the year. The 37-year-old Westwood is arguably the best player currently on the PGA Tour to have never won a major. He has won 32 pro tournaments worldwide in his career.
Last weekend, Westwood secured his second career win in the United States with a victory at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. It was his fifth top 10 finish in eight PGA events in 2010. Recently, Westwood has been on the verge of breaking through to win a major. He finished second to Phil Mickelson at the Masters in April. In the final two majors of 2009, Westwood came in third place at the PGA Championship and British Open. He also came in third at the 2008 US Open. Woods began a streak of four straight major victories with a dominant win in the last US Open contested at Pebble Beach ten years ago. With five runner-up finishes at the US Open, Mickelson is looking to finally come out on top in the event.
Europe favored in Ryder Cup
While the US Open is the focus of the golf world this week, the Ryder Cup will garner the headlines in early October. Europe is a -165 favorite to regain the Cup after losing on US soil in 2008. The event will take place in the city of Newport, South Wales in the United Kingdom.?