Best Golf Bets This Week: US Open special

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
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This year's US Open is the 120th

The US Open 2020 starts on Thursday so, for everything from first round leaders to outright winners, get our experts' best bets for the action at Winged Foot Golf Course in New York...

"Nobody in the world putts better on Poa Annua greens than Dustin Johnson and, with recent form figures reading 2-1-2-1, the world number one is without question the man to beat."

The Punter's US Open preview

Steve 'The Punter' Rawlings gets our coverage of the second major of this shortened season underway with his comprehensive preview.

He says: "DJ, whose talent deserves more than his one major to date, has New York state form figures reading 18-1-3-2. Nobody in the world putts better on Poa Annua greens and with recent form figures reading 2-1-2-1, the world number one is without question the man to beat."

Back Dustin Johnson @ 10.519/2

US Open - Each-Way Tips

With Betfair Sportsbook paying 10 places for the US Open, Dave Tindall has gone for bigger prices as part of his three each-way selections for the battle at Winged Foot.

He says: "Location-wise, Reed has a very strong record in the North East. He's won the Northern Trust at Bethpage Black in New York (2016) and again at Liberty National in New Jersey (2018). In majors, he was solo fourth in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock and tied 13th in the US PGA at Baltusrol."

Back Patrick Reed each-way @35/1

US Open - Top 5/10 selections

Dave has also taken a look at the top 5 and top 10 markets on the Exchange and he's taking the opportunity to back Rory McIlroy at bigger than 2/1 in the latter.

"Clearly in a great frame of mind after becoming a Dad for the first time, Rory has 20 top 10s from 45 starts in the majors and has banked at least two a year since 2014," he says.

Back Rory McIlroy to finish top 10 at 3.3512/5

US Open - Outsider picks

A major championship means luxury each-way terms and vastly inflated odds on the Exchange so get Paul Krishnamurty's best three picks among the outsiders.

"Winner of the English Championship... Sullivan ranked first for strokes gained: tee to green for three straight events. I've always believed he was at his best on a course that rewards good driving."

Back Andy Sullivan 0.5u @ 850.0849/1

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US Open - First Round Leader Tips

Of course, you don't always have to wait for the conclusion of four rounds to get paid out on a juicy golf bet, the First Round Leader market is often very popular with players ranging from 16/1 to 250/1 to shoot the lowest 18-hole score on Thursday.

Dave Tindall has assessed the conditions and, combined with the first-round tee times, has come up with a trio of selections for you to consider.

Back Phil Mickelson each-way @ 80/1

US Open - First Round 3-Ball Tips

And just like the First Round Leader market, you can also get paid out on day one by backing players to win their three-balls. Whether you fancy just one guy to beat his two rivals, or a bunch of players to come out on top, you can back them in a single on the Exchange, or in doubles, trebles and accumulators on the Sportsbook.

Paul Krishnamurty has five selections for you to consider, starting with his opening day banker.

Back Martin Kaymer 5u @ 2.111/10 (vs Augunstein, Walker) (Starts 12.23)

US Open - Major championship form guide

Every week Andy Swales provides his course and form guide for PGA and European Tour events (see below). This week he provides an extra, Major-focused, form guide.

He says: "Everything about Xander seems to suggest he is destined for major glory at some stage during his career. He's incredibly consistent, which seems perfect for US Open venues. His three US Open starts read: 5th-6th-3rd."

Xander Schauffele 16.5

US Open - Course and form guide

Andy Swales reports on the course and the current form of the players heading for Winged Foot as he tries to gauge who might be best-placed to succeed there.

He says: "Like most US Open venues, Winged Foot has the potential to be brutal and it will be no surprise if the winning score this week is somewhere around level par."

Meanwhile, in Portugal...

All eyes will be on Winged Foot but our experts have still found time to cover the Open de Portugal which is also taking place this weekend. Andy provides his course and form guide while Steve The Punter has previewed the event - in fact, his pick for Portugal - Nicolai Højgaard @ 160.0159/1 - is the identical twin of Rasmus Højgaard who's making his US Open debut this weekend!

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