US Open betting tips & predictions – the US Open is the third of the four major championships in this year’s golfing calender. It is an oficial tournament of both the PGA and European Tours.
The tournament is organised by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June and scheduled so that the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day.
From a course difficulty perspective, the US Open Championship is traditionally the hardest of the four Majors to win.
The tournament is staged at a variety of courses and set up in such a way that scoring is difficult. US Open courses are typically characterised by low scoring, are long, have a high cut of primary rough, undulating greens and tight fairways.
This year the 119th US Open is returning to Pebble Beach Golf Links. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula. It has hosted five US Opens and a PGA Championship.
In February each year Pebble Beach Golf Club hosts the AT&T Pro-Am which is played over a rotation of Spyglass Hill, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Pebble Beach. Those making the cut play Pebble Beach twice and scoring for the tournament tends to be low as you would expect for a Pro-Am format. Phil Michelson won the tournament earlier this year on a score of -19 (268).
The scoring for the previous US Opens at Pebble Beach are in marked contrast to the AT&T Pro-Am. Scoring is difficult as you would expect from a ‘beefed-up’ US Open setup as past results show;
- 1972 – Jack Nicklaus +2
- 1982 – Tom Watson -6
- 1992 – Tom Kite -3
- 2000 – Tiger Woods -12
- 2010 – Graeme McDowell Level Par
Tiger Woods victory in 2000 was by a record-setting fifteen strokes. It was during the peak of his golfing powers and is acknowledged as one of the greatest performances in the history of the game.
For the AT&T Pro-Am the course sets up as a 6,800 yard Par 72. However, for the US Open the course is transformed into a 7,000+ yard Par 71 with the 509 yard Par 5 2nd playing as a Par 4.
The course this week will play firm and fast. Fairways will be narrow and the ‘US Open-rough’ will be thick and punishing. Pebble Beach has the smallest greens on the PGA Tour and will be firm and hard to hold.
Good course management will be key this week, particularly if the wind gets up. Players will need to drive well and iron play on approach will need to be in tune with distance and accuracy to hit the small, well-guarded greens. Trying to hit and hold the greens from the rough this week will be near impossible and playing from the bunkers at Pebble is no bargain either.
A US Open setup at Pebble Beach will test every club in the bag
Those with aspirations of winning this year’s US Open will need to bring their ‘A-game‘ for putting and scrambling. An ability to manoeuvre the ball in windy conditions is a definite plus.
The US Open is not a tournament to be arriving at trying to find your game so Current Form is important.
Important factors this week will be good strategy, hitting the right parts of the green and avoid haemorrhaging shots to the field. Links form is definitely worth considering this week
Like with all Majors, it is worth holding back some wager money to have a bet in running after 36 or even 54 holes are completed.
US Open Betting Tips 2019