Betfair editors and huge golf fans Joe Dyer and Mike Norman have banged their heads together to come up with four recommended wagers in some of the Top Nation markets at this week's US Open...
"With Chambers Bay playing like a pure links might it be worth chucking a few quid at Tommy Fleetwood. The Southport man knows how to play the seaside game, and can be backed at 15.014/1 to finish top of the pile."
Justin Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, heads the betting to be Top English golfer at Chambers Bay. It's impossible to argue with that - Rose is the highest-ranked player of the 11, and showed his wellbeing with a runner-up finish at the Memorial just two weeks ago.
But these markets do not always go to plan. While Rose was the leading Englishman in the field at the 2014 US Open, and Lee Westwood took the honours at last year's Masters and USPGA, it was David Howell who took Top English plaudits at The Open at around 40/1.
If looking for value alternatives to Rose, then Westwood would have to enter our thinking at 8.07/1 given his ability to go well at major tournaments.
But form is a concern with the Worksop Wonder and it is tempting to play a pair at bigger prices each-way (paying three places at a fifth the odds) on the Sportsbook.
Danny Willett has been in fine form throughout 2015, enjoying himself on both tours, and can be backed at 11.010/1. The Sheffield man's fine scrambling skills will be a huge asset on this ultra-fast course.
With Chambers Bay playing like a pure links might it be worth chucking a few quid at Tommy Fleetwood. The Southport man knows how to play the seaside game, and can be backed at 15.014/1 to finish top of the pile. JD
Recommended Bets (both Sportsbook)
Back Danny Willett EW @ 11.010/1
Back Tommy Fleetwood EW @ 15.014/1
Top Continental European
Fourteen go to post in a market dominated by three players - Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, and Martin Kaymer, and while all three are respected it may be worth taking a look further down the list.
Stenson and Garcia have obvious claims of winning the tournament, and both could easily challenge throughout the week, record a top-10 finish, and in doing so land to spoils in this market. It's hard to put anyone off having a wager.
Kaymer is less fancied, his form this season is way below the level it was at this time 12 months ago and it's hard to see him coming back to his best at a venue that will test every aspect of a player's game.
So as an each-way alternative the bang-in-form Alex Noren is the selection.
The likeable Swede won the Nordea Masters just a fortnight ago, significant because it not only confirms his good form, but it was also further proof that Noren is a fine exponent of links golf.
Not that we needed further evidence - Noren finished ninth in the 2012 Open Championship and yet he's arguably a better play these days. He also ranks very highly on the European Tour for Scrambling, a key attribute this week.
Noren may only need to finish in and around the top 30 to bag a return in this market, and that's certainly not out of the question. MN
Recommended Bet (Sportsbook)
Back Alex Noren EW @ 13.012/1
A recent major winner who effectively just has to beat two relatively out of form compatriots, and he's priced at 5.59/2 to do so.
Ok, that doesn't quite tell the full story as in the case of our recent major winner we're talking about veteran Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, who just a few weeks ago won his third Senior major championship.
Monty confirmed he was still in fine form in his own age group when finishing third at last week's Senior Players Championship, and although he will find this week's Chambers Bay course rather lengthy he might only need to make the cut to land the spoils in this market.
He is a fine links golf player who thrives on confidence, and by all accounts he is hitting his irons now just as good as he ever did. If he finds plenty of fairways he'll get 50+-yard runs on some holes meaning he won't be at too much a disadvantage as some may think. If he can stay patient and putt well, I can see him grinding out a good enough score to make the weekend and aim high.
I'm happy to take the 5.59/2 for him to be the Top Scottish player, but I've also had a very optimistic wager on him at 850.0849/1 in the Winner market with a view to a trade.
Marc Warren and Stephen Gallacher are the two men he needs to beat, and while both are excellent links golf exponents and fully respected, neither have set the world alight this season and are opposable. MN
Back Colin Montgomerie @ 5.59/2
Brilliant though he undoubtedly is, Victor Dubuisson does not come into the US Open in any sort of form and can't be supported against Alexander Levy, his sole rival in the Top French market.
Fourth place in Abu Dhabi at the turn of the year suggested Vic was going to reproduce his stonking 2014 form, but there's been just nothing in his results on either tour to back up that opinion. He was last seen shooting 84, admittedly in ugly conditions, to miss the cut at the Irish Open.
By contrast Levy has a pair of top threes in his last five tournaments, including last time out in Sweden. The outsider of the two may not have to do much to emerge triumphant in this market and at a touch over even money we're happy to have him on board. JD
Back Alexander Levy @ anything over evens