The second major of the year is upon us, here’s who this writer think you should be backing for the US Open.
The first thing to note when betting on the US Open is to throw everything out the window. With a course as difficult as Oakmont, form won’t help you, world rankings won’t help you and stats certainly won’t help you. Betting, they say, involves calculated guessing. Betting this week involves getting really lucky.
But if you want some help, you came to the right place.
Top Pick-Jason Day @13/2
On his day, he leaves everyone else for dead. Simple as. But this week isn’t about battling the rest of the field, you’re up against the course. If you can get somewhere near level par, you’ll be in good shape. US Opens should suit the Australian’s game, long, attritional courses with treachorous greens. The long hitting Day with his short game prowess is a great tip every year.
If he does win, we’re not talking about a big three, we’re talking about Tiger Mk II.
As regards to the rest of that trio, unless the man from Hollywood can rapidly improve his putting, Rory will be looking at his worst finish in a major since the 2014 US Open. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth will be relishing the glassy greens of Oakmont but won’t love those 290-yard par 3’s. Oakmont is a monster, the American will have to box very smart if he wants to compete.
Patrick Reed e/w@45/1
Another man who should enjoy the challenge this week. His game is in good shape, seen by his lofty position on the FedEx rankings. He putts well and loves the big occasion. Only worry is his ability to close out. He has nine top tens and two runner up spots this season but still hasn’t sealed the deal. The American hasn’t the inside of the winner’s circle since January 2015 so maybe an each way bet is the way to go.
Martin Kaymer @60/1
Back top his best in recent times and already proved himself on the US Open stage. The German is well worth a flutter. Ice-cool putter when it matters.
Odds from Paddy Power