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2008 US Open Golf Odds at Oakmont Country Club

US Open Golf

Torrey Pines South Golf Club. San Diego, CA. June 9-15, 2008

The US Open is generally known as the most difficult tournament in the world, so US Open golf betting is that much more exciting when it comes to one of the four major tournaments and your chance to see the best players of the day take on an extremely difficult course.

Sign Up Click HereThe U.S. Open golf tournament is one of golf's four majors and it is the one run by the United States Golf Association, one of golf's two governing bodies.

The U.S. Open is one of four annual professional men?s golf tournaments each year. Both the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour have the U.S. Open on their official schedule. Each year it takes place at a different course, and in 2008 it is set to take place June 9 through 15 at the Torrey Pines South Golf Club. The first U.S. Open was played in Ocotber 1895 in Rhode Island.

In 2005, Michael Campbell became the first New Zealander to win the U.S. Open when he defeated Tiger Woods by two strokes. Previous winners include Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, and Tiger Woods. The 36-hole competition was originally played all in the same day, but has since been drawn out to a full week of practice and competition.

THE WINNER'S SHARE – First-place money for this Open will be at least $1,170,000. The total purse in 2008 will be at least $6.50 million.

OTHER PRIZES – Among the benefits enjoyed by the Open winner are:

an Open exemption for the next 10 years
an invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
an invitation to the next five British Open Championships
an invitation to the next five Players Championships
an invitation to the next five PGA Championships
exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years

US Open History

On Oct. 4, 1895, the first U.S. Open Championship was conducted by the United States Golf Association on the nine-hole course of Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club.

The first U.S. Open was considered something of a sideshow to the first U.S. Amateur, which was played on the same course and during the same week. Both championships had been scheduled for September but were postponed because of a conflict with a more established Newport sports spectacle, the America’s Cup yacht races.

Ten professionals and one amateur started in the 36-hole competition, which was four trips around the Newport course in one day. The surprise winner was Horace Rawlins, 21, an English professional who was the assistant at the host course. Rawlins scored 91-82—173 with the gutta-percha ball.

Prize money totalled $335, of which Rawlins won the $150 first prize. He also received a gold medal and custody of the Open Championship Cup for his club for one year.

In its first decade, the U.S. Open was conducted for amateurs and the largely British wave of immigrant golf professionals coming to the United States.

As American players began to dominate the game, the U.S. Open evolved into an important world golf championship. Young John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner in 1911 and repeated as champion in 1912.

In 1913, the U.S. Open really took off when Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old American amateur, stunned the golf world by defeating famous English professionals, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in a playoff.

Another surge in the championship’s popularity coincided with the amazing career of Georgia amateur Bob Jones, who won the U.S. Open four times (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930). Spectator tickets were sold for the first time in 1922 and a boom in entries caused the USGA to introduce sectional qualifying in 1924.

In 1933, John Goodman became the fifth and last amateur to win the U.S. Open. The others were Ouimet, Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr., (1916), and Jones.

In each era, the world’s greatest players have been identified by surviving the rigorous examination provided by the U.S. Open. Ben Hogan’s steely determination boosted him to four victories (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953). Arnold Palmer’s record comeback win in 1960, when he fired a final round of 65 to come from seven strokes off the lead, cemented his dashing image. Jack Nicklaus’ historic assault on the professional record book began when he won the first of his four U.S. Open Championships in 1962, his rookie season as a professional.

Nicklaus, who also won in 1967, 1972, and 1980, is one of only four golfers to win four U.S. Opens. The others are Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), Jones and Hogan.

In 1954, the U.S. Open course was roped from tee to green for the first time. That year also marked the first national television coverage. Coverage was expanded by ABC Sports in 1977 so that all 18 holes of the final two rounds were broadcast live. In 1982, on the ESPN cable network, the first two rounds were broadcast live for the first time. NBC began televising the U.S. Open in 1995.

The format of the U.S. Open has changed several times. The USGA extended the championship to 72 holes in 1898, with 36 holes played on each of two days. In 1926, the format was changed to 18 holes played each of two days, then 36 holes on the third day. In 1965, the present format of four 18-hole daily rounds was implemented for the first time.

In 2002, a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start was used for the first and second rounds. In addition, Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., was the first facility owned by the public to host a U.S. Open.

International qualifying sites were added in 2005 and the champion at Pinehurst Resort in N.C. was Michael Campbell, who qualified in England.

2008 Us Open Golf Results

Woods beats Mediate on 19th playoff hole to win US Open

he 2008 U.S. Open is finally over, the winner is Tiger Woods, after the playoff went into sudden death. All day people asked who won the U.S. Open and for hours we were nowhere near answering the question. The 18-hole playoff began with both players scoring a bogey, Rocco Mediate on the 1st hole and Tiger Woods on the 4th. Total of four bogeys and four birdies were exchanged during the U.S. Open playoff by each of the contenders and the result was an even 71. As per regulations, following the playoff and still no winner - the game went to "sudden death" - a hole-by-hole matchup. The first sudden death playoff was on the 7th (4 par) and Tiger Woods went for par, but when it was Mediate's turn - he fumbled and finished the first sudden-death playoff with a bogey, giving Tiger Woods the 2008 U.S. Open victory.

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