The much anticipated US Open tees off at the Olympic Club on Thursday and anyone who follows the game knows that this is going to be an epic. This year the par 70 course measures 7,170 yards in length and if previous years are anything to go by, the course is going to play tough. Driving accuracy is important in this tournament as high rough punishes those wayward shots, but hit it straight and you still have to contend with pinched fairways and undulating greens. The winner is going to have to play an impeccable four rounds here, so experience is key. Who’ll walk away a legend on Sunday? Let’s try finding out.
To Win Outright
Tiger Woods 7/1
Lee Westwood 11/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Luke Donald (12/1 a win, 3/1 a place)
Luke Donald is yet to win a Major and if he’s going to pull it off in his career this is going to be the course to do it on. The only weakness I see in his game at the moment is his driving distance, butthe short layout here will ensure this is not a problem. He currently ranks 8th in driving accuracy and leads the tour in scrambling and this week these strengths are going to ensure he finishes somewhere near the top of the leader board. 12/1 a win is a solid price and the 3/1 a place looks juicy. Get involved whilst you can.
Jason Dufner (28/1 a win, 7/1 a place)
Since his 2nd place finish at the Colonial, Dufner has taken a few weeks off. Whether this will be to his detriment or benefit is yet to be seen but one thing is for certain, before his hiatus he was on fire. Wins at the Zurich classic and Byron Nelson showed he was ready to make a name for himself in the golfing circuit and what better way to become a legend than win the US Open? With the form he’s carrying in to this, the each way bet looks a good option.
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Seeing as though I’m looking for value bets, Louis Oosthuisen can’t be ignored this week. He’s won a major already and proven he knows how to handle the pressure that goes hand in hand with Sunday golf. This is definitely more a patriotic call than anything but in a tournament that South African golf fans have grown to love since Ernie and Retief’s wins, to see another South African born player win would be a treat. I’ll stay away from the win bet, that may be slightly optimistic, but 10/1 a place looks lovely, especially when Hollywood is paying 6 places.
TOP BET: Lee Westwood (11/1 a win, 28/10 a place)
Last week Lee Westwood just made it look too easy in a simple field. A lot of punters were worried that he would go into that one with no motivation to win but his convincing performance suggests he can get his head in the game more than ever now. He hits it very straight and has proven he can play at Olympic, a top 10 in 1998 when he was still a young gun proves this. Although his putting is not the best he seems to have improved this year and his third place at the Masters, which is basically a putting contest, will ensure he goes into this confident. Each way is the way to go here.
Written by @Matt_Cee for @Hollywoodbets. Follow them both on Twitter and Facebook now!
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