It’s been one heck of a year on the PGA Tour. As golf fans we’ve been pretty spoiled this year. Week in and week out on the PGA Tour we’ve been getting fantastic finishes and top tier winners.
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You’d be hard pressed to find a better year than this one that has featured top of the line winners and exciting tournaments that come down to the wire. It really has been an absolutely incredible year thus far.
Having said all that, golf fans are pretty antsy for the next major championship to roll around. Anticipation and excitement is building for The U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open is going to be really intriguing to watch this year as it takes place up in the great northwest hosted by Chambers Bay. A long, links-style course, with adventurous greens.
A handful of golfers have made the trek up the northwest region of the United States and have come away less than pleased. That means the U.S. Open this year could be very entertaining, very wild, and very unpredictable.
Let’s take a look at the 2015 U.S. Open Championship betting odds according to oddschecker. We’ll see what they are now and see how much they change once we get into U.S. Open week.
- Rory McIlroy- 5/1
- Jordan Spieth- 10/1
- Dustin Johnson- 20/1
- Adam Scott- 20/1
- Phil Mickelson- 25/1
- Rickie Fowler- 25/1
- Justin Rose- 25/1
- Jason Day- 25/1
- Tiger Woods- 25/1
- Henrik Stenson- 25/1
- Sergio Garcia- 33/1
- Bubba Watson- 35/1
- Martin Kaymer- 40/1
- Matt Kuchar- 40/1
- Jimmy Walker- 40/1
- Hideki Matsuyama- 50/1
- Patrick Reed- 50/1
- Jim Furyk- 50/1
- Brandt Snedeker- 66/1
- Billy Horschel- 66/1
It’s no surprise right now that McIlroy and Spieth are the two top dogs with McIlroy having the edge. It’ll be interesting to see though if Spieth gets closer to McIlroy. Given the fact that Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, is from the area he could receive some late money.
Plus, from what we are hearing, the greens at Chambers Bay could be a roller coster and using your imagination on the greens maybe what you need to do. If that’s the case, that is right up Spieth’s alley.
Adam Scott is still 4th in terms of betting odds and that is a bit of a surprise as Scott has struggled this year. It’s not as if Scott is a complete mess, his ball-striking is still superb – one of the best on Tour.
Statistically, Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green is at 1.535. That is phenomenal ranking 4th on the PGA Tour. It’s just that putter that has given him major headaches. Strokes Gained: Putting is -.710 which is absolutely dreadful.
When you put it all together, Scott isn’t having a horrible year, but by his standards it isn’t very good. He just isn’t competing week in and week out on Tour like the elite golfers.
Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Justin Rose are right where they should be. I would expect those three to be right there hanging around the leaderboard all four days. If I was pressed and had to put my money on one of those three, I think I would put it on Fowler.
Fowler is playing great golf, he has that chip on his shoulder, and he has the overall game and attitude to thrive in a U.S. Open environment. He proved it last year at the majors, he proved it by winning The PLAYERS, Fowler is in a good place right now.
Tiger Woods is overvalued, as usual, is anyone really going to put money on him at 25/1? Well, I guess, I know the answer to that, but you’d be better served putting that money somewhere else.
May 24, 2015; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Chris Kirk holds the championship trophy after winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
Looking outside the top twenty I like a few golfers. There’s a lot of value out there.
Golfers like Victor Dubuisson, Bill Haas, and Chris Kirk you can get them for over 100/1 at some books. That’s a really good deal for these three golfers especially since their style of game have the potential to translate very well at a course like Chambers Bay.
Even someone like Ryan Moore, who is from the area, isn’t getting a hometown discount. The majority of the books have him over 100/1. Moore is worth a look.
Billy Horschel, who sits at 66/1 just inside the top twenty, if he’s going to win a major his best shot may come at a U.S. Open. Maybe not this year, but at a more typical U.S. Open course. The kind of course where you have to avoid the rough, hit fairways, hit greens, and grind out those tough par putts. That is more of Horschel’s game.
The same could be said for Jim Furyk. Typically, Furyk is a good bet to grind it out at a U.S. Open, but this year, I don’t know, it could be a struggle for Furyk due to his lack of length off the tee. Plus, experience won’t be a factor either considering there isn’t any course history to go on. Furyk already missed the cut at The Masters this year, he may miss another at the U.S. Open.
Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, and Sergio Garcia sit inside the top 14 in the odds. That’s right around where they should be. Will this finally be the year they get that elusive major? And what about Phil Mickelson? Will he get that U.S. Open Championship on his resume and complete the career Grand Slam? It all starts next month on June 18th.