The 119th US Open takes center stage this week as the world’s top players do battle for the third golf major of the year from the spectacular Pebble Beach. Graham McDowell walked away with the accolade in 2010, the last time the event was held at this stunning course, however all eyes will for sure be on Masters champion Tiger Woods to see if he can repeat his record 15-stroke win at the same venue in 2000. FansBet golf expert David Kristiansen returns with his betting preview and tips for the event and if you are after some value then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our enhanced odds available.
What Happened At The RBC Canadian Open
Rory McIlroy! The Northern Irishman secured his 16th PGA Tour title in impressive fashion, even threatening shooting 59 on Sunday before two bogeys in the last three holes meant he had to settle for a 61 and a 7-shot win.
McIlroy`s fellow country man Graham McDowell stood for the other big story of the week when he drained a 30-foot put on the 18th hole on Sunday to secure his invitation to The Open next month. The Open this year is played in McDowell`s hometown at the Royal Portrush Golf Club and you could hear in the interviews afterwards how much it meant to the former U.S Open champion.
Final Round Highlights from The RBC Canadian Open
About Pebble Beach
Course: Pebble Beach Golf Links
Length: 7075 yards (Par 71)
Greens: Poa Annua
Architect: Jack Neville and Douglas Grant
For the 6th time the U.S Open is held at the picturesque cliffs of Pebble Beach. Its important to note that the players will face a completely different course than they face at the AT&T Pro-Am each February. The fairways will be narrow and surrounded by thick rough.
When the players do hit the fairway, they will face a lot of uneven lies. The greens are some of the smallest on tour, last time the Open was held here the players hit under 50% of the greens in regulation. Six of the par 4s are under 410 yards.
Many of the players will club down off the tee to avoid the thick rough so the approach play will be even more important than usual. Here are some of the things I will be looking at/for:
- Strokes gained approach
- Strokes gained around the green
- Bogey avoidance
- Poa putting
- Par 4 scoring between 350-400 yards
- Proximity from 100-150 yards
US Open Betting Tips
The young American injured his wrist at the Honda Classic witch lead to him missing the PGA Championship. In his second start back last week he was flawless from tee to green gaining almost 10 shots on the field, but an ice-cold putter held him back from really contending.
At Pebble he is back on his preferred Poa surface and when he gets hot with the putter, he is one of the best on tour. He ranks in the top 10 in both strokes gained approach and around the green. The only reason why his odds are not in the teens are the injury and as we saw last week that doesn’t seem to bother him anymore. Great value.
Xander seems to be turning in to a player that ups his game the stronger the competition and the bigger the event. In his last six major starts he has three to 6 finishes including two runner ups. And even though he is still without a major his wins include a WGC,
The Tournament of Champions and The Tour Championship. Early in his professional career he seemed to struggle around the green but gaining strokes in that department in 9 of his last 11 tracked starts points to him having turned a corner. Poa is his preferred putting surface.
After winning only once in his first thirteen years on tour the California native now has two wins within the last year both on shorter courses that requires pression off the tee and a good short game.
Even though the course plays different it can’t be a bad thing that he has two top 5s at this course in previous years. If the eccentric journeyman is to ever win a major this is a good of a chance as he is ever going to get.
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