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US Open tips 2023

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)

YearChampionVenueScoreTo par
2022Matt FitzpatrickThe Country Club274-6
2021Jon RahmTorrey Pines South Course278-6
2020Bryson DeChambeauWinged Foot Golf Club, West Course274-6
2019Gary WoodlandPebble Beach Golf Links271-13
2018Brooks KoepkaShinnecock Hills Golf Club2811
2017Brooks KoepkaErin Hills GC272-16
2016Dustin JohnsonOakmont Country Club276-4
2015Jordan SpiethChambers Bay275-5
2014Martin KaymerPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2271-9
2013Justin RoseMerrion Golf Club, East Course2811
2012Webb SimpsonOlympic Club, Lake Course2811
2011Rory McIlroyCongressional CC, Blue Course268-16
2010Graeme McDowellPebble Beach Golf Links284E
2009Lucas GloverBethpage State Park, Black Course276-4
2008Tiger WoodsTorrey Pines, South Course283-1
2007Angel CabreraOakmont Country Club2855
2006Geoff OgilvyWinged Foot GC, West Course2855
2005Michael CampbellPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2280E
2004Retief GoosenShinnecock Hills Golf Club276-4
2003Jim FurykOlympia Fields CC, North Course272-8
2002Tiger WoodsBethpage State Park, Black Course277-3
2001Retief GoosenSouthern Hills Country Club276-4
2000Tiger WoodsPebble Beach Golf Links272-12

Course Overview

US Open tips 2023

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.

‘Driveable’ Par-4 6th
290 yard Par-3 11th
Short Par-3 15th

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.

2022Matt Fitzpatrick2.8686.3487.88817.104-0.716
2021Jon Rahm2.8366.4601.94011.2523.832
2020Bryson DeChambeau5.3317.6084.97817.9184.356
2019Gary Woodland1.3578.3580.99910.7157.163
2018Brooks Koepka1.5368.877-1.9378.4768.102
2017Brooks Koepka5.3798.466-0.40413.4427.110

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 golf betting tips

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 golf betting tips

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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