Expert Picks: US Open
The season’s second major gets under way in Washington State later today, for the 115th edition of the US Open Championship. Chambers Bay is this year’s host course, and is expected to be a grueling test both mentally and physically, with the course measuring over 7,900 yards with many steep incline and drops. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course resembles a course more similar to be seen in the United Kingdom for The Open Championship, mainly down to its links nature. But who does this favor? We take a look at this week’s best bets.
Of the 156 players total, 62 have won a PGA TOUR event, 23 have won a Major, and combined they have 375 Tour wins.
World No.1 Rory Mcllroy enters this week trying continue his stellar runs at the major’s, having won 2 out of the last 3. McIlroy has received less media limelight this week, with Jordan Spieth receiving the brunt of it, and this is something that Mcllroy has stated that he’s ‘enjoying’. McIlroy views Chambers Bay as a good fit for his game, he stated “If you can carry the ball like 295, 300 in the air this week, you’re going to have a big advantage” A couple of missed cuts on the European Tour in his last few starts have helped increasing his odds, and he enters this week paying 8/1.
Phil Mickelson has had so many near misses at the US Open that surely sometime he has to win sometime? This week will be Mickelson’s second attempt to complete the career Grand Slam, and put him in elite company with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. Mickelson has stumbled over the last few years with his last win coming at The Open in 2013. This year Mickelson has shown signs of improvement finishing T-2nd at The Masters, and T-3rd at last week’s FedEx St Jude Classic. Currently ranked No.17 in the world, Phil is decent value at 16/1 to capture the career Grand Slam
Sergio Garcia is still yet to win a major, and this golf course could help suit his style of play. Chambers Bay Links style make it similar to Open Championships which Garcia has finished runner up on 2 occasions. Garcia is having a solid year on the PGA TOUR this season, having finished runner up on 2 occasions, including at the Players in his last start. Garcia ranks 4th of tour for stokes gained tee-to-green, something the players have stated will be important to posting low numbers this week. Garcia enters this week paying very attractive odds of 35/1 for the World No.8.
Justin Rose won his only major at the US Open at Merion in 2013, and has since been very consistent in the majors. The links nature mixed of the course will require you to stay very patient, a key attribute that Rose holds. At this year’s Masters, Rose finished T-2nd and then bounced back in his next start by winning the Zurich Classic. In his last outing at the Memorial, he lost in a playoff to David Lingmerth. Currently ranked No.5 in the world, Rose is decent value at 18/1 to capture his second US Open title.