US OPEN 2021 PGA Tour Early Look, Picks and Odds Analysis

OM Staff

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021 2:52 PM UTC

Next week the US Open returns to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2008 when famously Tiger Woods won in an epic playoff duel with Rocco Mediate when suffering a serious leg injury. The playoff was eventually decided on the sudden death first hole after an eighteen-hole playoff finished tied. The knee injury Woods played through meant he immediately went into surgery and the onset of his injury-plagued years ahead, meaning he would wait until the 2019 Masters for his next major championship.

Torrey Pines hosts the Farmers Insurance Open every year on the PGA Tour and therefore we have a slightly better read on the demands placed on the players than most US Opens. The course always sets a stern exam and often susceptible to the weather fronts off the Pacific Ocean. A long course with penal rough puts ball striking at a premium to the Poa Annua greens.

<div><h2 style="text-align:center">US OPEN 2021 PGA Tour</h2><div> </div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>June 17-20 at Torrey Pines (South Course) in La Jolla, California</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Par 71, 7698 yards</strong></p><p> </p><p>Next week the US Open returns to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2008 when famously Tiger Woods won in an epic playoff duel with Rocco Mediate when suffering a serious leg injury. The playoff was eventually decided on the sudden death first hole after an eighteen-hole playoff finished tied. The knee injury Woods played through meant he immediately went into surgery and the onset of his injury-plagued years ahead, meaning he would wait until the 2019 Masters for his next major championship.</p><p>Torrey Pines hosts the Farmers Insurance Open every year on the PGA Tour and therefore we have a slightly better read on the demands placed on the players than most US Opens. The course always sets a stern exam and often susceptible to the weather fronts off the Pacific Ocean. A long course with penal rough puts ball striking at a premium to the Poa Annua greens.</p><p><strong>Can Northern Irishman, Shane Lowry Win a Second Major Championship This Week?</strong></p><p>Reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry looks set to challenge strongly for a second Major Championship next week in California at the US Open at Torrey Pines. He has been playing sublime golf tee to green in recent weeks with a consistent plethora of results. 4th at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island followed by 6th at the Memorial Tournament illustrate his high-level consistency. His putting only needs to improve slightly for him to contend and we know that when Lowry gets into contention he is a strong closer of tournaments. Little did he know at the time that winning the Open Championship of 2019 would mean he held the Claret Jug for two years due to the Covid-19 cancellation of the event. It took until the start of 2021 for Lowry to get his best game on an even keel and week by week he has been a model of consistency with his strong long game being the core element. Looking back at</p><p>previous Farmers Insurance Open renewals, he has been an infrequent visitor but contended strongly in 2015, only losing out by a couple of strokes to Jason Day. That experience sets him in good stead for this week when the course set up will be more severe but we know from previous US Open’s that Shane Lowry is perfectly suited to those tests. He held the 54 hole lead at Oakmont in 2016 only to lose out to Dustin Johnson and that followed the 9th place finish in 2015. We know Shane Lowry can play Torrey Pines, we know he copes with US Open demands and we know he can win major championships and that makes him an each-way play at the US Open next week at 67.00 with Betfred.</p><p><strong>US Open Golf Pick</strong>: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shane Lowry – each-way at 67.00 Betfred</a></p><p><strong>I will be back next week with more picks but other players I have seriously considered and may add next week are listed below</strong></p><p>Marc Leishman, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Paddy Power 67.00) </a>the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open Champion who thrives on tests similar and is a regular no-frills competitor who knows how to close out a win.</p><p>Patrick Reed, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(William Hill 34.00)</a> who is a former Masters Champion and winner at Torrey Pines in the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open, a tough competitor who knows how to close out tournaments.</p><p>Tony Finau, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Bet365 36.00) </a>still only won the one PGA Tour event but one of the most impressively consistent golfers at Major Championships and Torrey Pines.</p><p>Will Zalatoris, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(Ladbrokes 36.00)</a> his brilliant debut 6th in last year’s US Open when a Korn Ferry Tour regular. This year was his first look at Torrey Pines and unsurprisingly he was 7th on a test perfectly suited.</p></div>
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