US Open 2017 Tips: Each-way selections for the second major of the season

Is King Louis going to be crowned 2017 US Open winner?
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The each-way column hit form last week with 40/1 selection Dylan Frittelli winning the Lyoness Open chased home by 50/1 pick Mikko Korhonen. With Betfair paying eight places on the Lyoness Open we have drafted in a few extra golf shrewdies to provide an octet of selections to consider at Erin Hills...

"Day's US Open form reads an impressive 2-59-2-4-9-8, so with eight places up for grabs; he looks to have an outstanding chance to reward each-way backers for the fifth time in seven renewals at an industry best price of 14/1."

Steve Rawlings: Back Jason Day @ 14/1

*Each-way 1/5 odds, 8 places


Dan Geraghty: Back Jordan Niebrugge @ 300/1

Wisconsin native Jordan Niebrugge was desperate to play in this week's US Open, so it's a testament to his character that he grabbed his last chance and took one of only four qualifying spots at Tacoma Country and Golf Club. Niebrugge has played Erin Hills more than most in the field and had a decorated local amateur career - he's one of only two golfers (Mark Wilson being the other) to win the 'Wisconsin Slam' (consisting of four big amateur tournaments). The young American's professional career has been a slow burner thus far - but he's not had many chances, and showed his capability for the big stage with a remarkable sixth place finish at the 2015 Open Championship as an amateur. Niebrugge looks to currently be in his best form since that Open performance, he was second on the Mackenzie Tour (behind Lee McCoy) on June 4th, one day before qualifying for this week's US Open. Only last week Braden Thornberry showed what can be achieved with course knowledge, youthful exuberance and talent when finishing fourth at the St Jude Classic.


Paul Krishnamurty: Back Louis Oosthuizen @ 50/1

Winning a US Open usually requires a combination of class, patience and experience - in short, the credentials to be found at the top of the market. One man who fits the bill at much juicier odds is Louis Oosthuizen. South Africans have a great record in this major and no current peers can match his record in the biggest events. Since winning the 2010 Open Championship, he's been runner-up in three majors, including this one in 2015 at Merion, and was also second at this year's 'Fifth Major' at Sawgrass. Oosty should particularly relish the test at Erin Hills - linksy, exposed to the wind, with a strong emphasis on good scrambling. After all, that's precisely what he faced at St Andrews for that breakthrough Major win seven years ago, when a less experienced and complete player than today.


Joe Dyer: Back Billy Horschel @ 80/1

A hot final round in Memphis took Billy Horschel to a tie for fourth place at the St Jude Classic and the 2014 FedEx Cup champion looks a decent value play at 80/1. The Floridian has blown hot and cold this season with a few missed cuts - which could possibly be put down to off the field issues - but also a win and three further top-fives on top of last week's high finish. Horschel's long driving is going to be an asset at a course that could potentially play nearly 7,700 yards. This is by far his favourite Major - he was halfway leader in 2013 when eventually finishing fourth and has made the cut every year since - and as a former FedEx cup champ and a four-time PGA Tour winner there is plenty of mileage in his price.


Steve Rawlings: Back Jason Day @ 14/1

We've seen one or two surprise winners of the US Open but five of the last six winners have been ranked inside the top-15 of the Official World Rankings, so the cream usually rises to the top. Event specialists appear on the leaderboard year after year and so, with an exceptional US Open CV, I like the chances of world number three, Jason Day. The 29-year-old Aussie won the USPGA Championship at Whistling Straights in 2015, a course that some have compared to this week's venue, Erin Hills, and now that rain is in the forecast, Day has the length off the tee to cope with such a long course in damp conditions. Day's US Open form reads an impressive 2-59-2-4-9-8, so with eight places up for grabs; he looks to have an outstanding chance to reward each-way backers for the fifth time in seven renewals at an industry best price of 14/1.


Mike Norman: Back Kevin Kisner @ 66/1

How Erin Hills is going to play this week is a bit of an unknown. Generally it's a course that can yield low scores in calm conditions, but play really tough when the wind blows. But let's not forget that this is a US Open, and the course will be set up to play more difficult than it ever has before regardless of what the weather does. In other words, the players are going to have to have all aspects of their game in decent order if they are to contend and the man I like outside of the 'obvious' picks is Kevin Kisner. He's been touted by many as a future major winner, and he's rather unnoticed climbed into the world's top 20 on the back of some great form this season. The 33-year-old has top 10 finishes to his name in Hawaii and at Pebble Beach this year; links golf and/or wind being a factor at those venues, and in recent weeks he's won at Colonial and finished sixth at The Memorial, so he's in great form currently. He's not the longest hitter by any means, but he makes up for that with accuracy and that's never a bad attribute to be strong at in a US Open. He finished 12th at Chambers Bay two years ago - another links -type US Open venue - so I'm confident he can go well at an industry-best 66/1 this week.


Dave Tindall: Back Brooks Koepka @ 40/1

Brooks Keopka is really good at majors. Starting from his tie for fourth in the 2014 US Open, they read: 4-67-15-33-18-10-5-21-13-4-11. That's nine finishes of T21 or better in the last 11. The T4 is of extra interest as it came at Pinehurst No.2 where the greens have shaved run-off areas as they do this week. Koepka played Erin Hills in the 2011 US Amateur (shot 71) and he's just the sort of big-hitting talent to thrive in this event.


Dan Thomas: Back Branden Grace @ 40/1

Branden Grace looks a good price to continue his excellent recent record at the US Open - fourth and fifth placed finishes in the past two years - with his ability to hit the green likely to be a big positive this week. The 29-year-old is hitting Greens in Regulation at just under 70% this season to date and is a good man to have on your side when the wind is up, as is likely at Erin Hills. The South African hasn't had a spectacular season to date, with seven top 25 finishes from 20 starts, but he is on an upward curve, with three top-11 finishes in his last four tournaments. He was well in contention at the BMW at Wentworth last time out, until hitting the water on the back nine in the final round, and ending up in ninth. Grace doesn't have the length off the tee of some of his rivals but his all-round game should help him contend at what is likely to be a war of attrition.


Andy O'Rourke: Back Thomas Pieters @ 40/1

Thomas Pieters will be looking to follow up on his remarkable Masters debut with another strong showing in his maiden US Open. The rangy Belgian is enjoying a productive season with a second place finish in the Genesis Open and a top-five finish in a WGC event last month to his name. He will, perhaps, be most proud of his tied fourth place finish at Augusta. A scintillating final round which included six birdies, was somewhat overshadowed by a dull opening round and a costly double bogey on the Saturday. It would have been easy for a Masters debutant to lose his cool after a turbulent Saturday round but, similar to his Ryder Cup performance, Pieters showed he is man for the big occasion.

Erin Hills represents a different challenge to the track at Augusta but the 7,900 yard course houses some mammoth par 5s, that offer a solid birdie chance for big hitters like Pieters. He may be short on majors experience but he more than makes up for that with his proven composure and considerable talent. At 40/1, the three time European tour winner looks a solid choice to at least finish in the top eight and maybe even lift his first major title.

2017 Season P/L to date: -£246.67

- Lyoness Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 40/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Lyoness Open, Mikko Korhonen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Chris Wood @ 33/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Nordea Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Open de Portugal, Mark Foster @ 50/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- Golf Sixes, Denmark @ 10/1 - WIN (Dan)
- Golf Sixes, Scotland @ 12/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Volvo China Open, Dylan Frittelli @ 35/1 PLACE (Paul)
- Masters, Paul Casey @ 50/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Hero Indian Open, Carlos Pigem @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- Tshwane Open, Dean Burmester @ 16/1 - WIN (Paul)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Martin Kaymer @ 30/1 PLACE (Steve)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Thomas Detry @ 66/1 - PLACE (Dan)
- Alfred Dunhill Championship, Richard Sterne @ 22/1 - PLACE (Paul)

* Total P/L for 2016 Season: +£267.58
* Total P/L for 2015 Season: +£958.37
* Total P/L for 2014 Season: +£251.75

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