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2015 US Open golf betting preview

2015 US Open golf betting preview

It is the second Major of the year this week as a 156-man field heads to the Pacific Northwest for the 115th US Open.

The Chambers Bay course only opened in 2007 and the state of Washington will host the tournament for the first time. Considering few players have any experience on the links course it could be an unpredictable event and the players will face a tough par 70 track.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 US Open.

McIlroy the favourite for the second Major of the year

Back to back missed cuts may not be the ideal preparation for an assault on the second Major of the year but for Rory McIlroy a few days off may have actually done him some good. The world number one failed to make the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship and the Irish Open but believes his game is in good shape.

“I didn’t touch a golf club last week. I had played five weeks in a row, and mentally, I was ready to have a little break,” McIlroy said at the PGA Championship media day. “I just got away from it, did some other things I enjoy, got back to Florida on Sunday and started to practice.

“Gearing up for the second major of the year, and my game is feeling in really great shape and I feel like I can have another summer not too dissimilar to last year.”

One of the challenges facing all the players this year is that the Chambers Bay course is unfamiliar. The club is hosting the US Open for the first time and McIlroy admitted that it is bit of a mystery.

“It’s a bit of an unknown for everyone. From what I’ve heard, it’s going to be sort of different,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m competing against the same players I’ve been able to beat before. Hopefully, I get there again.”

McIlroy is the 15/2 favourite this week.

In my preview of the US Masters earlier this year I suggested that you backed Jordan Spieth, saying that the youngster had ‘an outstanding chance’ of winning his first Major. The 21 year old duly took the Green Jacket and he could well add the US Open title to his list of achievements this week.

Spieth has finished in the top three at 6 of his last 9 stroke play events including a T3 last time out at the Memorial Tournament. It’s also worth remembering that he knows Chambers Bay better than many of the other players. He’s seen it several times before – he played there in the 2010 US Amateur – and his caddie is a course member and got married at the club.

I like Spieth’s chances at 8/1.

Phil Mickelson still needs a US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam and  is in good form. He’s finished in the top five at three of his last five events and shot a 65 last weekend to finish T3 at the St Jude Classic. The 42-time PGA Tour winner is a 16/1 chance.

Some golf betting outsiders who could make an impact on the US Open

One of the unusual factors that will come into play this week is the fact that Chambers Bay is a links course meaning it is more likely to play like an Open Championship than a US Open.

Over recent years there have been few American players who have been more consistent on the links at the Open than Zach Johnson. Johnson has finished T9, T6 and T47 at the last three Open championships and is on a decent run of form at home.

The 39 year old has finished in the top 20 at his last four PGA Tour events including a 5th place last time out. He looks superb each-way value at 80/1.

All ten winners of the US Open in the last decade ranked in the top 16 on the PGA Tour in terms of Greens in Regulation. If you’re looking for someone who falls into that category and who is in good form it could pay to consider Francesco Molinari.

The Italian has enjoyed a good few weeks, finishing in the top five in three tournaments since mid May. After a T2 finish at the Open de Espana he finished 5th at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth and then T3 at Muirfield Village in the Memorial.

Molinari ranks fifth on the PGA Tour for GIR and could be an excellent each-way outsider at 100/1.

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