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US Open 2016 Betting Preview

Brooks Koepka (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365, Coral
Paul Casey (ew)Tournament Winner75/1Bet365


Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will stage its ninth US Open and the world’s greatest players can look forward to a thorough test of their skills. The 7,219 yard, par 70 layout features virtually no water hazards and scarcely any trees, yet it is widely regarded as one of the most difficult courses in the world of golf, as well as one of the best. The major problems the players will face are the lightning fast greens – several of which slope considerably from front to back – and the punishing bunkers, notably the “Church Pews” trap that straddles the third and fourth fairways. Angel Cabrera’s winning total at the 2007 edition of this tournament, the last time it was staged at Oakmont, was five-over. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion, with other recent winners of the year’s second major including Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.


Spieth may be the defending champion, but he does not lead the betting market. That honour goes to Jason Day and McIlroy, who are both available at odds of 7/1, Day with Ladbrokes and William Hill and McIlroy with most firms. Spieth can be backed at 9/1 with Sky Bet and Betfred. All three of the world’s top three players have tasted victory lately, with Day’s form the most impressive. The Australian has won on 3 of his last 7 outings, including at last month’s Player Championship. McIlroy’s victory came at the Irish Open three weeks ago, while Spieth triumphed at the recent Dean & DeLuca event. Day has finished in the top 10 at 4 of the last 5 US Opens, including being runner-up twice, Spieth has finished in the top five at each of the last five majors, while McIlroy has managed only one top 10 at the US Open since he it in 2011, sharing ninth place a year ago. After finishing fourth and second at the last two editions of this notoriously difficult championship, Dustin Johnson is a 16/1 chance across the board as he seeks his first major title – the 31-year-old has finished in the top 10 at 7 of his 12 tournaments this season. Rose has finished in the top 10 at 4 of the last 5 majors and the 2013 champion is a 28/1 shot with BetVictor, the same price as Rickie Fowler.


Brooks KoepkaBROOKS KOEPKA has been making an impression in the majors for the past couple of years and is now up to no.17 in the World rankings. Having finished in the top 5 at the US Open two years ago, he was in the top 10 at the Open and PGA Championship last season, while his most recent appearance saw him finish as runner-up at the Byron Nelson event. He looks a good each way bet at 50/1 with Paddy Power – who are paying 7 places.

Matt KucharLike Koepka, MATT KUCHAR is among the world’s top 20 and outside of the top 3 he is perhaps one of the most in-form players in the world right now, having finished no worse than sixth in his last four tournaments, including a tie for third at the Players Championship. His US Open record is strong too – he has shared 12th place at the last two editions and has been no lower than 28th at the last six. Back him at 40/1.

Paul CaseyThe last time the US Open came to Oakmont, PAUL CASEY shared 10th place with Justin Rose and after impressing with his performance at the Masters in August the Englishman is worthy of support this week. He is back on the fringes of the world’s top 20 after a couple of years in the doldrums, and having shown he can cope with the difficulties presented by this course, Bet365‘s price of 75/1 holds plenty of appeal.

Brooks Koepka (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365, Coral
Paul Casey (ew)Tournament Winner75/1Bet365