US Open Golf Preview and Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Monday, June 10, 2019 6:44 AM UTC

Monday, Jun. 10, 2019 6:44 AM UTC

Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the US Open outright market for

<div><h2><strong>U.S. Open</strong></h2><p><strong>June 13th-16th</strong></p><p><strong>Pebble Beach Golf Links</strong></p><p><strong>Pebble Beach </strong></p><p><strong>California </strong></p><p><strong>Par 71, 7075 yards</strong></p><p>The iconic Pebble Beach is situated on the Monterrey Peninsula at sea level and regarded as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Set along the rugged coastline of Carmel Bay which runs into the Pacific Ocean. At Pebble Beach the weather from the sea always plays a significant part and this year I expect will be no exception. The holes between four and ten are played along the coastline to the furthest point encompassing holes seven and eight which are iconic to golfing gentry. From the furthest point the course then ventures inland until the epic par 3 seventeenth displays the coastline again leading up to “The Best Finishing hole in golf”, the 18<sup>th</sup> which can be pure theatre for golf fans. Pebble Beach plays host every year to the Pebble Beach Pro Am on the PGA tour, but we can expect the course to play significantly more difficult in a US Open when the USGA pinch the fairways width while firming up the conditions. Rumour has it that they have shaved the rough on certain holes already with the intent of making the ball roll of onto the beach. There will be a premium on hitting fairways so players can control the ball spin into some of golf's smallest greens.</p><p>This will be the sixth time since 1972 Pebble Beach has played host to the US Open with the five previous winners cutting an impressive list of names starting with Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tom Watson (1982), Tom Kite (1992), Tiger Woods (2000) and Graeme McDowell (2010). Normally US Open winners often finish around an even par score line however, in 2000 Tiger Woods won by a record fifteen shots at twelve under par.</p><h2><strong>Contenders</strong></h2><p>Brooks Koepka is standing on the brink of history as the 2017 and 2018 champion bids for a hat trick of U S Open titles something only done by Scotland’s Willie Anderson between 2003-2005. He comes to Pebble Beach having won the last major championship the PGA only four weeks ago for a second year in succession. At the age of twenty-eight he currently has four major titles under his belt and a second-place finish at the Masters in April to proves his top-level domination.</p><p>The Masters champion Tiger Woods is deserving of respect this week after the fifteen-shot victory here in 2000. At the Memorial Tournament a couple of weeks ago he produced a solid effort from off the pace which is perfect preparation for the great man. With his back issue and rehabilitation from surgery he plays off a very light schedule on the PGA Tour but there is no one better at timing his run to perfection.</p><p>Dustin Johnson is the next principal we will look at and he has become a real Pebble Beach course specialist at the Pebble Beach Pro Am each season on the PGA Tour. Two tournament wins and five other top five finishes show his game is well suited and we also know this former US Open champion can cope with the unique demands of a USGA course set up.</p><p>Rory McIlroy had the perfect preparation with a spectacular demolition of a high-quality field in last week’s Canadian Open. He won the Players Championship a couple of months ago and has to be respected with his confidence high.</p><p>The next player from the top of the market is a back to form Jordan Spieth the 2015 US Open champion and previous Pebble Beach Pro Am champion. Now back in contention and the limelight he cherishes we can expect a strong challenge by this dynamic competitor in the coming days.</p><p>Irishman Graeme McDowell was the last US Open Pebble Beach champion in 2010 and played well last week at the Canadian Open sinking an impressive 30-foot putt at the last to guarantee his place in the Open Championship at his native Portrush. His fellow countryman Shane Lowry also played well last week coming second to another Northern Irishman Rory Mcllroy. In the 2016 US Open he surrendered the 54-hole lead to Dustin Johnson on the final day having finished 9<sup>th</sup> the previous year. Always an under the radar player but capable of going toe to toe with the very best now he has gathered some Pebble Beach experience in recent years. Last week’s Canadian Open performance was another good one in a solid season after winning the Abu Dhabi Championship at start of the year.</p><p>Jimmy Walker is another player starting to catch my eye in recent weeks. His slump in form since winning the 2016 PGA Championship has can be explained by his health battle with Lyme disease which is a debilitating illness. He has become a proven winner in recent years after his career spanned 187 starts before his maiden triumph. He won three times in his first ten events of 2014 and now has six career victories to his name. A previous winner of the Pebble Beach Pro Am and regular in the top 10 we know he likes the course.</p><p>One interesting selection form the Japanese tour is the relatively unknown Chan Kim. He is an Korean/American professional who in 2017 came 11<sup>th</sup> at the Open Championship after winning the previous week on the Japan tour. 2018 was a complete write off for him through injury and didn’t compete once. This year he has embarked on a steady schedule and his form is starting to come back in recent weeks. Whether on the Japanese tour or the British Open this long hitter best results are often on links courses.</p><p>Two top players and major champions who deserve serious consideration and have the mix of outstanding Pebble Beach form and US Open form are Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. Both have been below their best in recent outings, but it would be no surprise to see them in the mix in the coming days.</p><p>The conundrum for punters is how much will the course set up by the USGA negate course form or work in conjunction. It is accurate to say four of the last five winners of US Open’s at pebble beach have previously won the pro am and the other Graeme McDowell managed an eighth-place finish. Former US Open champion's Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson love the USGA course set ups however, their Pebble Beach form is consistent but not outstanding. While Brandt Snedeker fits the moulded perfectly, twice a winner of the Pro Am and a consistent US Open performer.</p><p>Shop around bookmakers this week as there are plenty doing eight or ten places each way.</p><p>There will be a second article for in which I will preview the side markets.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Bets </strong></h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Jordan Spieth - each way @ 18/1 (19.00) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=8cb1fdf6-5659-4f16-a75b-679218b0115e&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shane Lowry - each way @ 80/1 (81.00) 10bet</strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Jimmy Walker - each way @ 150/1 (151.00) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Golf Betting Odds"><em><strong>Chan Kim - each way @ 500/1 (501.00) Boylesports </strong></em></a></p></div>
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