US Open betting guide
Rory McIlroy will be looking to defend his 2011 US Open win tomorrow but he will need a step up in form after missing the cut in his last three tournaments. After dominating last year’s event, just a few months after choking at Augusta, the Ulsterman will be one of the European’s to watch out for; he’s available at +1500 with Intertops.
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Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are also both well fancied at the US and are priced at +1000 and +1100 respectively. However despite the last two tournaments being won by two men from Northern Ireland, McIlroy in 2011 and McDowell in 2010, the last time another European triumphed was 1970 with Tony Jacklin.
The US Open returns to The Olympic Club this year and it promises to be a real test for golf’s finest. It features dog-legged narrow fairways and small, bunker protected greens surrounded by thick rough.
Phil Mickelson has yet to win a US Open and with the rich history of US winners, this might be his year to shine. The American is at +2000 to win this weekend and if he can bounce back from a disappointing Memorial Tournament he can challenge the big boys.
In terms of sleeper picks Miguel Angel Jimenez will be there or thereabouts, and he delivered two strong days at the Masters. If Jimenez can sort his problematic chipping out he could be a tasty pick: either at +20000 to win or at +500 to finish as the best Spanish player with Jazzsports.
Carl Petterson is another player to watch out for. Despite being Swedish, Carl is now a US citizen which could help him overcome the traditional European hoodoo on players at the US Open. He tamed the tremendously tricky Harbour Town Links course a few weeks ago on the way to a win and the Lakes Course shares similar characteristics with Harbour Town. Back Petterson to win at +12500.
156 players will be competing for the title on the 7,170 yards (6,556 m) length course. The meat of The Olympic Club is in the first six holes. The golf course slaps you in the face at the start and then wipes away your tears at the finish. The last three holes feature a pair of par 5s and a short par 4, a lot of course to score on. A player with a two-shot lead on the 16th hole is going to be tough to catch.