Who to back at the US OpenJune 12, 2018 Golf News
Who will win the second major championship of the year at the US Open? Find out who our tipster is backing for success at Shinnecock Hills
It’s US Open week, and as is always the case in major championship weeks, the bookmakers are feeling pretty generous and are offering extra each-way places to tempt us punters.
Six and seven places seems to be the standard this week, but some are paying out on eight, and two firms are even going 10 places.
As we go in search of more profits, there seems to be plenty of value lying around, so let’s get straight into this week’s bets…
US Open betting: Keel’s each-way bets
I really like Tommy Fleetwood to improve on last year’s tie for 4th at Erin Hills and mount a serious charge this week.
The Englishman is one of the best ball-strikers on the planet and he’s already shown that he’s well up to the test of a US Open golf course.
Shinnecock is really going to suit a player that stripes it from tee-to-green, and Fleetwood fits that description perfectly, being one of the longest and straightest from the tee, as well as possessing a laser-like approach game.
It’s only a matter of time before he starts to regularly contend among the world’s best, and he has the ideal opportunity to do just that this week. He’s as big as 50/1 with seven places paid, which is huge value.
Another one I think that offers excellent value is Marc Leishman. The Aussie tends to raise his game for the majors and he has an excellent Open Championship record – where he has finished inside the top-six three times in the last four years. He can call on that links golf experience here at Shinnecock, which it looks like will play fairly similar to an Open test.
Leishman showed just a few weeks ago that his game is in good shape when finishing second to Aaron Wise at the Byron Nelson – another links golf course.
55/1 and seven places looks the best bet here.
Let’s head to another major specialist in Louis Oosthuizen. How the South African has only one major win under his belt is beyond us. Oosthuizen plays a limited schedule nowadays, yet he always seems to be there or thereabouts when the majors roll around.
He finished 12th in The Masters in April, but the performance that really caught the eye was at the PGA Championship last year when finishing second behind Justin Thomas.
One would be forgiven for thinking that Oosthuizen only really seems to bother with the majors, and he looks primed to go close again here at the US Open, a tournament that he went mighty close to winning three years ago at Chambers Bay.
Oosthuizen finished 13th last time out at the Memorial, and he went close the week prior when finishing fifth at the Fort Worth Invitational.
Being a former Open Championship winner, he should relish the linksy style of Shinnecock Hills. 60/1 and seven places looks solid.
Head over to the next page to see who our tipster’s top pick is for this week…