U.S. Open 2015 Golf Betting Preview
June 15, 2015|Posted in: General
Weekly Betting preview for the PGA Tour
This week sees the second Major Championship of the season, as the U.S.Open takes place at Chambers Bay. This has been one of the most talked about Opens in memory – this not because of the history of the tournament, but more about the lack of history surrounding the course. This makes the tournament fascinating, as nobody really knows what is going to happen. There are holes which will have different par scores throughout the week, others being played off completely different tees from day to day and it’s even on a completely different TV channel to normal (it will still be on Sky in the UK, just the host broadcaster has changed).
From a betting point of view it is fascinating too. With no course form to go it does present some difficulty, but it looks like the more creative golfers might have a little bit of an edge. Having said that, if a player can drive it long and straight for four days, they’ll never be far from contention on a Sunday.
The two obvious contenders from the bookmakers point of view are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth and to be fair they have a right to be at the top of the market. Right now you’d have to say that Spieth is the much more consistent, whereas Rory could just as easily miss the cut as win the tournament by 8 strokes. Spieth, of course, is the only player in the field for whom a Grand Slam is possible, so a win would make the rest of the summer hugely interesting. McIlroy is attempting to win his 5th Major, which would put him head and shoulders above the current crop of top players (sorry Tiger, you need to show up to move back into that bracket).
From a betting point of view I actually made up my mind pretty quickly. My main pick I’ve had in mind for a while and he hasn’t doen anything to change my mind recently, while the other two both offer value in my mind. My near miss player this week? Henrik Stenson – I have a feeling this could be a big week for the Swede.
U.S. Open 2015 Picks
Justin Rose 2 pts E.W 20/1 Paddy Power
After a slow start to the year Justin Rose is now firing on all cylinders. His good run started somewhat surprisingly at Augusta where he pushed Jordan Spieth hard at the weekend. He followed that impressive run with a win next time out and his last outing saw him finish runner up at the Memorial tournament. Rose has now climbed back to 5th in the world after that run and as a previous winner of the U.S. Open, this tournament will hold no fear for him. While all eyes will be on McIlroy and Spieth, don’t be surprised to see Rose hold that trophy aloft on Sunday.
Jimmy Walker 2 pts E.W 40/1 William Hill
With two wins already this year Jimmy Walker is clearly a player at the very top of the game and the only thing missing from his resume in the last couple of years is a Major win. It would be fair to say that since his last win he wasn’t particularly on fire, but a runners up spot in his last tournament has seen him bounce right back into form – and the last time he finished 2nd, he came out the following week and won. A year ago I think I had Jimmy Walker tagged as the kind of player who could win on the tour but struggle to win the really big ones, but his performance at the Ryder Cup last year really changed my mind.
Ian Poulter 1 pt E.W 90/1 888Sport
This is actually the first time I have ever picked Ian Poulter, which is a little strange as he is certainly one of my favourite players (which European golf fan doesn’t love him?). Poults has been very solid this year and looked most impressive of all at Augusta where he finished 6th. His last start saw him finish 5th and his world ranking has risen back to 24th, after being 44th back in November. If Poulter’s irons work as well as they did at Augusta, he could hit more greens than anyone this week – get the short stick working too and he could certainly contend.
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by Chasing Jack