US Open Preview: The Players at Merion

In our US Open Preview yesterday we took a look at the 113th US Open Venue Merion’s East Golf Course and today we’ll take a look at which players will suit the unique characteristics of this historic course. We’ve highlighted a few areas where players may think they have an advantage but as with all Major Championships whoever holes the most putts will probably win.

So read on for more US Open Preview juiciness from the team here at MrSportsbook:

Short Game, Short Game, Short Game

Luke Donald has already mentioned that the wet weather will make a real difference to these greens and allow those with the better short games to shine. Often greens at Major Championships are too hard to allow the very best to showcase their talents but at Merion it is likely we will some short game masters at the top of the leaderboard.

Matt Kuchar 22/1 with Paddy Power

Luke Donald 50/1 with Betfair

Justin Rose 28/1 with Sportingbet

Precision

The average fairway width at Merion is 25 yards which is a significant change from the week in week out courses the pros face. With some brutal rough awaiting the players missing the fairway will bring serious consequences. Positional sense off the tee will be imperative as players will need to be shooting at pins regularly to stand any chance of winning.

Henrik Stenson 70/1 with Paddy Power

Tim Clark 110/1 with Betfair

Jim Furyk 60/1 with Betfair

Putting

It’s no surprise that whoever gets to grip with the greens the fastest and finds their rhythm will normally win at any Major Championship. A few Europeans may look to come in here as the greens are more representative of European greens than most that are seen in the US. They are expected to be absolutely electric, running at between 13 and 13.5 on the Stimpmeter but with that softness underfoot we could see a lot of birdies.

Sergio Garcia 40/1 with Ladbrokes

Tiger Woods 6/1 with Paddy Power

Luke Donald 50/1 with Betfair

Good from within 100 yards

With so many short par 4s it is absolutely imperative that the players’ wedge play is at its best. Those that can regularly put the ball within ten feet from 100 yards will find the course opening up to them and could shoot some very low numbers.

Justin Rose 28/1 with Sportingbet

Webb Simpson 70/1 with Betfair

Henrik Stenson 70/1 with Paddy Power

Or can length conquer all

Merion East is short, it is really very short with a number of par 4s under 400 yards. The big hitters on tour may well fancy having a crack at a number of them and there is a very interesting pariring of Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Dustin Johnson of the USA who may well be eyeing each other up before each hole before shrugging their shoulders and unleashing the driver. It really could go either way for the long ball hitters.

Nicolas Colsaerts 230/1 with Betfair

Dustin Johnson 45/1 with Betfair

Keegan Bradley 50/1 with Bet365

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