|Graeme McDowell each-way outright||125/1||William Hill|
|Jason Day each-way outright||28/1||888Sport|
|Jordan Spieth each-way outright||18/1||888Sport|
The US Open is just around the corner and the eyes of the golf world are still fixed on Tiger Woods, as they have been since the 43-year-old sensationally captured his fifth green jacket two months ago. The World No. 5 goes into the year's third major chasing his fourth win in this event, a 16th in major championships, and an 82nd PGA Tour win to tie Sam Snead's record.
Only two of his competitors in the field at Pebble Beach are shorter odds - Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. While Tiger's tilt at a familiar stomping ground will be the main focus in California, there will also be plenty of attention on how the USGA set up the track after disasters with course setup and controversial rulings in recent years.
2019 US Open Recommended Bets
Graeme McDowell, at 125/1 with William Hill, is the standout punt of the weekend for me on an each-way bet. McDowell won his maiden major in this event, and at this historic course, in 2010. Not only that, G-Mac is in fine form, still on a high after claiming his first PGA Tour win since 2015 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic in March.
Pebble is on the short side at 7,040 yards, with the PGA Tour average course length hovering at around 7,200 these days. Distance is the one area where McDowell consistently fails to come anywhere close to the world's best. Luckily for the Co Antrim man, this is by no means a bomber's course and that should play into his hands. Get on this price while you can.
Jason Day has enjoyed a steady year without setting the world alight. The Australian can make moves, however, at a course where he finished fourth in the AT&T Pro-Am four months ago. It isn't always possible to know which Day will turn up considering his consistent injury struggles. He has managed four top-10 finishes since the turn of the year and ignore him at your peril.
Previous US Open Winners
|Brooks Koepka||Shinnecock Hills||2018|
|Brooks Koepka||Erin Hills||2017|
|Dustin Johnson||Oakmont Country Club||2016|
|Jordan Spieth||Chambers Bay||2015|
|Martin Kaymer||Pinehurst Resort||2014|
|Justin Rose||Merion Gold Club||2013|
|Webb Simpson||Olympic Club||2012|
|Rory McIlroy||Congressional Country Club||2011|
Day is priced at 28/1 with Bet365. He comes into this one relatively under the radar, with all eyes on the likes of Koepka, Woods, DJ and McIlroy. This could well be his time to make a charge at a second major title. If not, at least expect him to be somewhere in the shake-up going into the weekend.
Lastly, as mentioned above, Spieth has to be taken as a form pick at 18/1 with 888 Sport. The 25-year-old is a notoriously streaky player and finally seems to be back on track, having not won a major since his dramatic Open victory at Royal Birkdale in 2017. A confident Spieth is unlikely to be put off playing with Tiger in the group that will inevitably draw the largest and most amped-up crowds on Thursday and Friday. When he is on form, the three-time major winner thrives under pressure.
He is trending in the right direction and that makes an each-way bet a sensible option for those looking to cash in on the year's third major championship.
Outright US Open Odds
World No 1 Koepka is going for an incredible third US Open in a row and what would be his fifth major win overall, also a fifth in the last two years. If the dominant American takes it home, it would be the first 'threepeat' at the event for 114 years. But history suggests Koepka - 7/1 with Paddy Power - has a tough task on his hands. Only once in the last 14 years has a player going into the US Open ranked No 1 in the world won the tournament - and that was Woods in 2008.
Johnson, Woods, Rory McIlroy and Spieth, who is grouped with Tiger and Justin Rose on Thursday, round out the top five favourites in the betting. Spieth should be of interest to plenty of punters at a price of 18/1 with Bet365. The American was third in the PGA Championship and seems to have rediscovered his golden touch on the greens and 18s seems too good to turn down when he is as short as 12/1 with some bookmakers. Add in to the mix his win at this venue in 2017 and a flutter is tempting.
Can Tiger Woods win the US Open?
The short answer is yes, of course this is within Woods' grasp. Is he value for money at 14/1 with Betfred? It would be crazy to rule out backing an all-time great, coming off a top-10 in his last outing, at a course where he won this tournament by 15 strokes, 19 years ago.
There are certainly far worse ways you could spend your money betting on this tournament than placing an each-way bet on the Big Cat.
Phil Mickelson in the mix?
Phil Mickelson could write the perfect script by capturing the career Grand Slam on his birthday in a tournament where he has finished runner-up an incredible six times. The 48-year-old has shown us flashes this year, most notably winning at this venue in his home state back in February.
Mickelson's recent form leaves a bit to be desired. Since a solid showing at The Masters, where he came fifth, 'Lefty' has missed the cut at the Wells Fargo, finished 71st in the PGA Championship, and again failed to make the weekend at The Memorial. He is still sure to attract some interest at 50/1 with Bet365.