Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2023 US Open Championship
The US Open is organised by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Traditionally it is played in mid-June and scheduled so that the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day.
The US Open is an official tournament of both the PGA and European Tours. 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 characterized by low scoring, are long, have a high cut of primary rough, undulating greens and tight fairways.
This year’s 123rd US Open is being hosted by Los Angeles Country Club in California.
US Open Past Champions (2000 – 2022)
|2022||Matt Fitzpatrick||The Country Club||274||-6|
|2021||Jon Rahm||Torrey Pines South Course||278||-6|
|2020||Bryson DeChambeau||Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course||274||-6|
|2019||Gary Woodland||Pebble Beach Golf Links||271||-13|
|2018||Brooks Koepka||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club||281||1|
|2017||Brooks Koepka||Erin Hills GC||272||-16|
|2016||Dustin Johnson||Oakmont Country Club||276||-4|
|2015||Jordan Spieth||Chambers Bay||275||-5|
|2014||Martin Kaymer||Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2||271||-9|
|2013||Justin Rose||Merrion Golf Club, East Course||281||1|
|2012||Webb Simpson||Olympic Club, Lake Course||281||1|
|2011||Rory McIlroy||Congressional CC, Blue Course||268||-16|
|2010||Graeme McDowell||Pebble Beach Golf Links||284||E|
|2009||Lucas Glover||Bethpage State Park, Black Course||276||-4|
|2008||Tiger Woods||Torrey Pines, South Course||283||-1|
|2007||Angel Cabrera||Oakmont Country Club||285||5|
|2006||Geoff Ogilvy||Winged Foot GC, West Course||285||5|
|2005||Michael Campbell||Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2||280||E|
|2004||Retief Goosen||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club||276||-4|
|2003||Jim Furyk||Olympia Fields CC, North Course||272||-8|
|2002||Tiger Woods||Bethpage State Park, Black Course||277||-3|
|2001||Retief Goosen||Southern Hills Country Club||276||-4|
|2000||Tiger Woods||Pebble Beach Golf Links||272||-12|
The club was founded in 1897 as the Los Angeles Golf Club. It moved location three times before settling on its current site adjacent to Beverly Hills in 1911. The original club founders, Joe Sartori and Ed Tufts, along with Norman Macbeth and Charles Orr, laid out the inaugural course.
The course (now known as the North) at the renamed Los Angeles Country Club was redesigned by Herbert Fowler and George C. Thomas, Jr., and again by Thomas with William P. Bell in 1927–28.
In 1996 and 1997 an extensive renovation of the North and South courses was completed. Then in 2010 there was an extensive restoration of the North Course by Gil Hanse and Thomas biographer Geoff Shackelford took place to return the course to George C. Thomas, Jr.’s original design from 1921. The course reopened in October 2010.
Los Angeles Country Club will host the US Women’s Open in 2032 and the US Open again in 2039.
Los Angeles Country Club will play as a 7423 yard Par 70 for this week’s 123rd US Open. The breakdown of holes will include for five Par 3’s and three Par 5’s.
The course features a variety of challenges from short Par 4s such as the drivable 6th that measures just 330 yards to Par 5’s that range from 537 to 623 yards. The Par 3’s also offer a number of different looks, from the short 124 yard 15th which plays to a long, angled green to the 11th which can stretch to a mouth-watering 290 yards.
For those who do find the short grass with regularity, they will face difficult second shots to elevated greens that vary in size. The fairways twist and turn at odd distances and angles, so long hitters could risk driving through fairways on several holes. Placement, rather than distance, will be key.
The fairways at Los Angeles Country Club will rival the widest in modern US Open history,
The Bermuda rough will be cut at less than three inches to start the week and then monitored to find the right height where balls will drop to the roots and not sit up.
A constant for all US Opens is the difficulty in the closing holes. The stretch from 16 through 18 which on paper this week looks as tough a finish as any on the US Open rota.
“When I think of the North Course and how we might set it up, the player that does his homework and really studies the architecture will benefit … there are strategic nuances there that, if you understand them, you have an advantage”John M Boden Hamer | USGA Chief Championships Officer
Los Angeles Country Club Scorecard
The Los Angeles Country Club will play as a 7,423 yard Par 70 for this week’s US Open.
The course will be setup in many ways like traditional US Opens which means a stern test of golf awaits. Course management will be key with scoring opportunities hard to come by.
One of the key components for success this week is for players to put themselves into position from the tee. Many fairways are contoured which can result in tricky lies. This will amplify the challenge of finding the right portion of the tricky, sloped greens with approach shots.
On many holes this week, players will have to consider challenging forward pin placements or risk being above the hole. This will leave treacherous downhill putts. To be above the hole on any of the greens on the North Course is to be out of position and being over the greens is no bargain either.
This week is all about being mentally tough, minimizing unforced errors and capitalizing on scoring opportunities when they arise
US Open Championship Winning Formula
The following table shows a breakdown of the Strokes Gained for the last six champions of the US Open.
Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s US Open.
US Open Tips & Picks 2023
Patrick Cantlay 14/1 (E/W) – followed up a T14 in 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines with a T14 last year at Brookline. His game is in a very good place with 7-Top 10’s among 11-Top 25’s from 14 starts this season. No surprise to see the California native feature 2nd in this week’s Stats Analysis – no mean feat considering the field strength. He is also 1st on Tour for Total Driving and 7th for GIR. Should be well familiar with the North Course (and it’s nuances) from his days at UCLA just a short distance away. This week sets up perfectly for the 31-year-old to bag his first major. Always worth a look each time he tees-it-up.
Tony Finau 33/1 (E/W) – has 2-Top 10’s in the US Open in the recent past – a solo 5th in 2018 at Shinnecock and a T8 in 2020 at Winged Foot. Easy to forget that he is a multiple winner on Tour this season, bagging victories in both the Houston Open and Mexico Open. Places 6th in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 4th on Tour for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and 3rd for Birdie Average. This week’s ‘wider‘ than usual US Open fairways will be a plus for the Utah native and it would be no surprise to see him hanging around the top of the leaderboard. All things considered, good each way value.
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