With the 118th US Open just hours away, Steve Rawlings has scoured the side markets for any last-minute value and he's very keen to get with a certain Korean...
"I usually like to take on the favourites in the top nationality markets but the Sportsbook are a standout best of 7/5 about Byeong Hun An in the Top Korean market and that looks a cracking price."
Taking on Rory McIlroy can make you look quite daft at times but, on many occasions, it results in profit and I'm more than happy to take him on again in the Top Irish market where he's up against one of Paul Krishnamurty's Find Me a 100 Winner picks, Shane Lowry, and Graeme McDowell. Both men are creeping in to form and both have great US Open records. G-Mac won at Pebble Beach in 2010 (a course that correlates nicely with Shinnecock) and Lowry led the 2016 edition by four strokes with a round to go.
I'm convinced that Rory is a better proposition when conditions are favourable so with an ever-present breeze forecasted to trouble the field, Lowry and G-Mac are both viable alternatives.
I usually like to take on the favourites in the top nationality markets but the Sportsbook are a standout best of 7/5 about Byeong Hun An in the Top Korean market and that looks a cracking price.
Last year's Players champ, Si Woo Kim, is having a reasonable season but he isn't playing as well as An and I fancy the course will suit An more too. An won the US Amateur back in 2009 at Southern Hills, which is the course that the 2004 US Open winner at this venue, Retief Goosen, won his first US Open at so that's a clear pointer.
An's two other rivals are as big as 7/1 and 14/1 elsewhere, whereas the Sportsbook go 10/3 and 6/1, and they've overestimated their chances in my opinion. Although only 20, Sungjae Im has already won on the Web.com Tour (when only 19!) so he's the one I fear the most but it's hard to see him being a huge force in his first major or PGA Tour event and regional qualifier, Sung-Joon Park is impossible to fancy. He hasn't played anywhere since he missed the cut at the Web.com Tour Championship back in October and his form before that is a mixture of mainly MCs and withdrawals.
I was also tempted by Rafa Cabrera-Bello in the Top Spanish market and Marc Leishman to be the Top Australian but they're both a shade too short so that's it for me in the nationality markets but I do like one in the Top-Ten markets.
Paul has looked at the finishing position markets here and he's found a few gems but I'm surprised he hasn't put up US Open specialist, Brandt Snedeker. He's one of my outright fancies after last week's eye-catching sixth in Memphis and he looks a fair price to finish inside the top-ten at 9/1 given he's finished ninth or better in five of his 11 US Opens to date.
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