Finally it's here! The creme de la creme of the golfing world is in Washington State at the Chambers Bay golf course for the much-anticpated US Open. Our Sportsbook is paying out down to sixth place so we have drafted in an extra man to provide a sextet of US Open selections...
Extensive local knowledge, crowd support and his brother on the bag (who's caddied for more than 500 rounds at Chambers Bay) give Putnam a big edge around a layout shrouded in secrecy. "No-one knows this course or its greens better than me," stated Putnam.
Romilly Evans: Back Michael Putnam @ 201.0200/1
*Each-way terms: ¼ odds, 6 places
Dan Geraghty: Back Alex Noren @ 151.0150/1
Alex Noren put on a masterclass in closing out a tournament when winning on the European Tour at the start of June. It was Noren's second Nordea Masters title and his first win for four years. However, that barren run can be forgiven, the Swede started the 2015 season on a medical exemption after playing only two events in 2014 having suffered with tendonitis in both wrists, an injury that nearly put paid to his career. Nevertheless, this year Noren has worked his way back from a world ranking of 654 to 70th and qualified for this US Open with a stunning second round 64 at Walton Heath in May. With this year's US Open course at Chambers Bay reported to bear many similarities to Open Championship venues, Noren's preparation at a windswept PGA Sweden National should stand him in good stead. Also, the 32 year old's best performances in Majors have come in the Open Championship, including a tie for ninth in 2012.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Marc Leishman @ 101.0100/1
Marc Leishman is building up a good record in majors and other elite tournaments, and is one of the few outsiders who seems to tick all the right boxes for Chambers Bay. The Aussie is a great wind player who, by finishing fifth at last year's Open, showed he can thrive on a true links. Fourth place at Augusta in 2013 and third at Firestone last year show he thrives on tough layouts where scrambling is at a premium. That liking for championship courses is confirmed by a good record at Sawgrass and fifth place last time at The Memorial represents the perfect warm-up. Sure, Leishman winning the US Open would represent a shock, but we're overdue one after a long spell of highly predictable major champions."
Joe Dyer: Back Danny Willett @ 151.0150/1
With a linksy test expected at Chambers Bay I am happy to support one of England's finest at a huge price this week. Danny Willett has shown very good golf on both tours this year, beating a high-class field to take the Nedbank Challenge on the European Tour and then impressing stateside making the cut at his first Masters, finishing 12th at the WGC Cadillac before reaching the final four of the WGC Matchplay. It's undoubtedly a stretch to imagine Willett winning this week, but that is factored into his three figure price of 150-1 and the place payout would still be pretty huge. And there are certainly reasons to think he can contend - Willett is a long and straight driver, with good greens in reg figures and is currently ranked the best scrambler on the European Tour. Having grown up in the UK Willett should feel at home on the long links of Chambers Bay and represents decent value given he is one of the form players on the European Tour this year.
Steven Rawlings: Back Phil Mickelson @ 19.018/1
After just edging out Phil Mickelson at Pinehurst in the 1999 US Open, at the age of 42 and just months before his tragic death, an emotional Payne Stewart told Lefty "You'll win yours, you'll win yours." Well, Mickelson turns 45 on Tuesday so age is most definitely against him completing the career grand-slam now but as Paul Krishnamurty quite rightly points out here, this venue should suit the more experienced players and it may just offer up Lefty his last big chance of proving Stewart right. Since that first runner-up finish, the popular left-hander has finished second another five times, as well as third in 2010. He's a US Open specialist extraordinaire with all the right skills for Chambers Bay and given that he now targets the majors with meticulous preparation and that he's finished runner-up in each of the last two, at 19.018/1 he represents fair value.
Mike Norman: Back Jim Furyk @ 34.033/1
Trying to find the perfect player for a US Open that many are predicting will play like an Open Championship isn't easy, so like Joe I've gone for a guy who ticks so many boxes that he's impossible to ignore. We'll start with Jim Furyk's Open Championship form; fourth last year, and four more top-five finishes on British links courses (plus a further top-10) tells us he has no problems with this unique (unique to most Americans that is) test of golf. Perhaps just as important is the fact that Gentleman Jim is in fine form (you really don't want to be trying to find your game at Chambers Bay) having come fifth at last week's Memorial tournament, just six weeks after winning the RBC Heritage, his 17th PGA Tour victory of a stellar career. The world number three is also a previous US Open champion, and above all else for me, he is exactly the type of experienced professional who should go well at Chambers Bay, with patience and the ability to grind perhaps being just two of the keys to success.
Romilly Evans: Back Michael Putnam @ 201.0200/1
Take a massive flier with name-your-price outsider Michael Putnam. However, don't be fooled by his underdog status, alarming absence of PGA Tour top-tens for the year, even a place outside the 125 qualification places for the Fedex Cup. Putnam has game - as evidenced by a tie for fourth in Canada the backend of last term - and is slowly playing his way into form. He proved as much this week, leaving five missed cuts in seven starts behind him by firing a 64 for medalist honours in sectional qualifying. What's more, Putnam has now punched his ticket to his home track of Chambers Bay, where he grew up a sand wedge from the course. Extensive local knowledge, crowd support and his brother on the bag (who's caddied for more than 500 rounds at Chambers Bay) give him a big edge around a layout shrouded in secrecy. "No-one knows this course or its greens better than me," stated Putnam. Before adding, "so apparently I'm going to win!" Well, I'd gladly take a place at 51.050/1.
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2015 P/L (£5 e/w per selection)
Year to date P/L: +£458.34
- Lyoness Open, Robert Rock @ 66/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW PGA Championship, Chris Wood @ 125/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Mauritius Open, John Parry @ 150/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- US Masters, Paul Casey @ 66/1 - PLACE (Romilly)
- Thailand Classic, Andrew Dodt @ 100/1 - WON (Paul)
- Malaysian Open, Anirban Lahiri @ 66/1 - WON (Dan)
- DD Classic, Stephen Gallacher @ 25/1 - PLACE (Steve)
*Total P/L for 2014: +£251.75