US Open Betting Preview: Dustin Johnson Favourite At Shinnecock Hills
The 118th edition of the US Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills near New York for the fifth time, and for the first time since Retief Goosen landed the title in 2004. The links-style course should suit players who enjoy coastal-type venues and we've picked out four tempting bets from the US Open odds...
Dustin Johnson Favourite In The US Open Betting
Dustin Johnson is the 8/1 market leader after he returned to the top of the world rankings with victory at the St Jude Classic on Sunday. However, a World No. 1 hasn't won the US Open in the past 14 attempts and no champion had ever won the week prior to this major.
You can then put a blanket over a raft of leading players as Rory McIlroy, who has missed the past two US Open cuts, 2013 champion Justin Rose, major winners Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Justin Thomas, as well as the exciting Jon Rahm, are all priced 22/1 or shorter.
It is Rickie Fowler who is our pick from the leading contenders though and he can be backed at 20/1 with Bet 365 (each-way terms on 8 places). Winning that first major isn't getting any easier for Fowler but his runner-up effort at the Masters in April was his third top-five finish in his last four appearances at major tournaments, and the stars seem to be aligning for him this week.
The 29-year-old is making his first start since getting engaged and Shinnecock is one of his favourite venues. Frustratingly, Fowler has been playing well without winning a title this year but we, like many others, fancy this could be his time to break his major duck.
|Thursday - 4.30pm||Odds||Bets|
|Rickie Fowler (each way) - T20 Best Bet||20/1|
|Phil Mickelson (each way) - T48||35/1|
|Henrik Stenson (each way) - T6||35/1|
|Branden Grace (each way) - T25||40/1|
The Each-Way Picks In The US Open Odds
Phil Mickelson is bidding to complete a career Grand Slam as the six-time US Open runner-up returns to Shinnecock, where he finished T4 in 1995 and runner-up in 2004. He arrives in good form after winning in Mexico and securing four other top-fives this year and he looks good value at 35/1 with Betfred (each-way terms on 5 places).
Henrik Stenson is another who should enjoy this links venue as the 2016 Open Championship winner arrives in good form. The Swede is coming in under the radar at 35/1 (Betfred) despite a return of five top-eight finishes from 11 starts worldwide this year.
Finally, Branden Grace is something of a links specialist and the South African could shine at a venue where his fellow countryman, Retief Goosen, won 14 years ago. A two-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links, Grace has finished in the top-five in two of his last three appearances at the US Open and he was in the mix at the head of the leaderboard at both the recent AT&T Byron Nelson and BMW PGA Championship.
Grace is 40/1 with Ladbrokes (each-way terms on 5 places).