US Open 2017 Betting Tips
Justin Thomas is a good friend of Rickie Fowler and he’s one of the few players on tour capable of ribbing Fowler for having a poor year.
Thomas has already won an incredible three titles this season and is surely close to bagging his first major. At odds of 33/1 with Coral, Thomas offers strong each-way appeal as does Branden Grace at 50/1 with Sportingbet.
The South African excels on courses where you can use the ground off the tee and into the greens and can follow up US Open finishes of T4-T5 with another stellar performance.
The Bookies’ Favourites
Dustin Johnson was absolutely phenomenal when winning his first major at last year’s US Open. He has been promptly installed as the bookies’ favourite for this season but a combination of injury and a slight lack of form make him one to avoid.
You can say similar things about Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day but one of the shortest six players is very much worth backing.
Rickie Fowler has the combination of power and accuracy off the tee to do well at Erin Hills. He’s also excellent with his approach play and has the skills to cope with the wind that is forecast to whip up over the weekend.
Fowler’s going to need his short game to be in tip top shape but he works hard on all aspects of his play and he could well claim his second win of the season at 25/1 with William Hill.
The build-up to the US Open has had two key storylines.
The first is about whether Phil Mickelson will get the weather delay he needs to make it from San Diego for his daughter’s high school graduation to Erin, Wisconsin for his afternoon tee time.
The second is all about the difficulty the players will face at Erin Hills. We’ve seen rants about the rough that sits only a few yards away from the fairways and a great deal spoken about the fact that Erin Hills can stretch to 8,000 yards from the back tees.
After the disastrous condition of Chambers Bay in 2015 and the rules officiating horror show at Oakmont last year the USGA – who organise the US Open – are desperate for things to go smoothly this week.
We’re a little more optimistic than some about the 2017 US Open and think we’ve found some very good value bets.
Course Details and Key Stats
The main problem with Chambers Bay was the state of the course. It was not fit to host a tournament of the US Open’s calibre in many ways but the biggest issue was on the greens.
In a bid to ensure there is no repeat performance of that debacle, Erin Hills has been shut since September and the early signs are that the decision has paid off.
The greens are said to be in pristine condition meaning they’ll putt true even if they are set up to be very fast. The fairways do have plenty of trouble around them but they’re wider than is usual for the US Open and also very fast so the ball will travel a long way on the ground.
It will play the best part of 7,700 yards but that’s not a crazy distance for a US Open course with a par of 72 and some believe it will actually feel shorter than normal for the tournament.
The biggest challenge could well be the bunkers. They’re incredibly punishing so good course management will be key, especially with regards to approach shots.
Visually, Erin Hills stands out from your normal PGA Tour course. There are no houses on the vast plot and the vast majority of the land has been left as the course designers found it with the holes crafted from the land rather than manufacturing the layout.
- 2016 – Dustin Johnson
- 2015 – Jordan Spieth
- 2014 – Martin Kaymer
- 2013 – Justin Rose
- 2012 – Webb Simpson
- 2011 – Rory McIlroy
- 2010 – Graeme McDowell
- 2009 – Lucas Glover
- 2008 – Tiger Woods
- 2007 – Angel Cabrera