US Open Odds & Tips
The US Open hits the Californian coastline this weekend as Tiger Woods and co take centre stage at Pebble Beach. Genie is here to provide you with the latest odds, betting tips and need to know information.
The last time the US Open was played at Pebble Beach was in 2000 when Tiger Woods won by an extraordinary 15 strokes. This year there promises to be plenty more excitement on a tense Sunday in California. I must say that the expected winning scoreline of a few under par is a welcome break from the 20 under par type winning score that we are seeing each week on both sides of the pond.
Helpful Tips About the US Open
Pebble beach is a links course and, as such, can be a windy part of the world. Conditions this week are expected to be favourable with winds expected not to exceed 10mph. If the wind does pick up then look toward straight iron hitters such as Sergio Garcia or Ian Poulter.
The greens will be set up to be extremely fast at Pebble Beach this weekend. A good indicator of similar greens was at the Memorial Championship 2 weeks ago where Justin Rose putted exceptionally well. Rose won’t be playing this week though as he was not inside the world’s top 50 in sufficient time to make the automatic qualifying.
Driving a straight ball at the US Open is a must. The rough will destroy the chances of any loose hitters. For this reason I am going to have to rule out Tiger Woods, whose driving has generally been abysmal since his return.
The experts say that the best fit for the course is a player who fades the ball and can putt well, and is preferably long off the tee. Dustin Johnston has won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the past 2 years. Of course only 2 of the 4 rounds are played on the course but Johnston deserves respect.
This week I am going to recommend the very brilliant Englishman, Luke Donald. Luke has had 3 top 3 finishes in the past month in Europe. He also has 4 top 10 finishes to his name from his 11 starts ion the USPGA tour this year. Luke is shorter off the tee than one would hope for around here but crucially he keeps the ball on the fairway and can scramble and putt as well as anyone. One concern that I do have is the worry that if he has and hangover from the wrist injury that ruled him out for much of last year it will be exposed this weekend in the super thick rough. Luke Donald at 40/1 with Ladbrokes is my first tip. He should win more often and hopefully his experience in Madrid a few weeks ago will give him the confidence to become a closer.
Secondly we are going for a longer hitter who tends to fade the ball. KJ Choi has rediscovered his form of late and is popping up on leaderboards again on a regular basis. K.J. will need to be on top form with his irons this weekend and fire some of those pinseekers that make him such an entertaining player to watch. His putting is the only thing that has been a little off this year. The faster greens can often work in favour of the lesser known putters and KJ is in with agreat shout this weekend. KJ Choi at 66/1 is my second tip.
Ryan Moore is, for me, one of the most exciting young prospects on tour. He has an excellent all round game and keeps the errors to a minimum, which is exactly the right type of game to win a US Open. He is one of the most accurate drivers on tour and is respectably long with a 287 yard average. A 5th place finish in his last outing at the Memorial Tournament indciates that the swing is in good order. My third tip this weekend is Ryan Moore at 100/1 with Paddy Power or Bet365.
Betting Tips Summary
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While he may not have had any action in a while, you can’t overlook the tiger Genie! I’ll be taking your tip on Donald but my money’s going on the tiger!