US Open betting: Who to back at Shinnecock Hills
Course form is pretty irrelevant at Shinnecock Hills – 2004 was the last time the US Open was seen at this Long Island layout.
Everyone knows Dustin Johnson’s stellar record at this event and, if Jason Day can put some well-publicised injury and family concerns behind him then I’ve always felt the US Open could be where he picks up a second major title.
But, looking through the ante-post lists, Brandt Snedeker (100/1) leaps out as way too big a price.
A sternum injury blunted his campaign towards the back end of the season, but Sneds stilled managed to finish tied-9th at Oakmont. That was his third top 10 in four years and his fifth in total at the US Open.
He has missed the cut twice and they are the only times he has EVER failed to finish inside the top 20.
This is partly because of his phenomenal strength on the greens. What do you need to do to succeed at Shinnecock Hills? That’s right. You’ve got to putt great.
At this price, I’d lap up a win. But, realistically, I’m going to be on him in both the each-way and top 10 markets.
Who is Steve backing for the Open? His 2018 betting guide continues over the page…