The links-type course at Chambers Bay
Our golf writers pick their fancies for the second Major of the year
Bill Elliott's picks
DUSTIN JOHNSON (16/1) –
The tall American has everything it takes to win the very biggest prizes. If he has a weakness, it is a tendency to turn over-excited when in contention, but if he can control this and not get ahead of himself then he should have an outstanding chance of success.
JUSTIN ROSE (18/1) –
The Englishman is in brilliant form at present and has an all-round game that should offer him a serious advantage at a course like Chambers Point. Now 34, he is at the peak of his powers and with one US Open already to his credit, I believe he is ready for a second title.
PAUL CASEY (45/1) –
Maybe not everyone’s idea of the ideal companion, but Casey is back close to something like his best following a couple of barren years due to various injuries and a marriage breakdown. He has the skills and the desire to prove himself one of the very best again.
BROOKS KOEPKA (50/1) –
This young American is a big talent. He has gained experience on the European Tour, a learning curve that peaked when he won against a glittering field in Turkey at the end of last year. Now, quietly, he has moved up another gear and will surely contend for a Major this year.
Here are the leading prices, and the Irish prices, for this week’s US Open at Chambers Bay GC.
Rory McIlroy (above) is the hot favourite at 11/2, but we’ve a little tip for you – the Korean golfer Byeong-Hun An at 80/1 is well worth an each-way wager.
We’ve two reasons for giving you the Korean starlet. First, he is clearly in good form – having won the PGA Championship at Wentworth last month – and secondly, he reached the Final of the US Amateur Open in 2010 when it was played at Chambers Bay. That makes him the only player in the field for this Major who has played the course under tournament conditions.
Top Ten Prices: Rory McIlroy 11/2; Jordan Speith 8/1; Dustin Johnson 16/1; Rickie Fowler 18/1; Justin Rose 18/1; Adam Scott 22/1; Phil Mickelson 20/1; Henrik Stenson 25/1 Jason Day 28/1, Sergio Garcia 28/1, Bubba Watson 28/1.
Other Irish Prices- Graeme McDowell 80/1, Shane Lowry 100/1, Darren Clarke 750/1.
John Brennan's tips
Above we’ve given you 80/1 shot Byeong-Hun An as a very lively each-way outsider for this year’s US Open that starts at the Chambers Bay golf course in Washington State on Thursday
The Korean has a chance of being thereabouts at the finish, but one man who is always around at the end of this event is Phil Mickelson (below) and at 22/1 ‘Lefty’ is a great punt this week.
Mickelson will celebrate his 45th birthday on Tuesday and time must be running out for him to win this one Major he needs to secure the career Grand Slam.
Having finished runner-up on six occasions and third twice, surely Mickelson will be in the hunt next Sunday and we recommend you get on right now.