Golf tips and free bets: Six picks for the US Open at Torrey Pines including 200/1 qualifier
THE penultimate golf major of the year takes place with the US Open this week at Torrey Pines in California.
And SunSport have our tips for the week – after getting a 66/1 place with Doc Redman last week at the Palmetto Championship.
This week we have six picks for you with a couple of major champions in the mix.
Tips for US Open
Brooks Koepka – 18-1.
Yes, he missed the cut at the Palmetto Championship, but that might just have been the best bet of the year, because you just knew his thoughts would be on this week.
Major Brooks is a very different animal to non-Major Brooks – fiercer, hungrier, more confident, and totally driven to do well in the big events.
And far from proving a distraction, his spat with Bryson DeCheambeau will probably get the competitive juices flowing even more freely for the four-time Major winner.
Koepka was kicking himself for not completing a five-timer in the Majors when he finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson at last month’s USPGA. Easy to see him going one better this time.
Collin Morikawa – 22-1
Always a better bet in tournaments that put a premium on hitting fairways and greens, rather than the putting contests that most PGA Tour events descend into.
And despite his tendency to miss a few too many tiddlers, last year’s USPGA champion has still been the model of consistency this year.
He has not missed a cut in 12 starts, and has posted a World Golf Championship win and a runner-up finish – last time out, at the memorial – as well as four other top tens.
One of those top tens was a share of eighth at the USPGA, and it will be a shock if he does not figure on the leaderboard again at Torrey Pines.
Louis Oosthuizen – 45-1
Fifth time as a bridesmaid at the Majors when he shared second place with Kopeka at the USPGA, and Oosty must be wondering what he has to do to add to his 2010 Open victory.
The answer is to keep knocking on the door, and with his dodgy back giving him a bit of respite at the moment, the South African star is likely to come calling again.
Perfect temperament for the Majors, and with his near-miss at Kiawah Island sandwiched between a top ten at the Valspar and a top twenty at the Memorial, he is ticking along nicely.
And even though the US Open will not be a birdie feast, it never hurts to be ranked as the best putter on the PGA Tour.
Paul Casey – 45-1
Casey’s name seems to be overlooked in all the talk about the old-stagers playing great golf – Mickelson, Westwood, Cink, and even British Masters winner Richard Bland seem to get most of the plaudits.
But the Ryder Cup veteran is also enjoying a new lease of life in his 40s, and he was in the thick of things at the USPGA for the second year running – second to Morkiawa in 2020, and tied fourth this time.
A share of fifth place at The Players was another top effort, and he showed he still knows how to win with career victory No 19 at the Dubai Desert Classic.
Previous west coast performances suggest he prefers Pebble Beach to Torrey Pines, but the tougher set-up this time should play to his strengths.
Branden Grace – 100-1
A real player at the USPGA for three rounds before a closing 78 sent him spiralling down the leaderboard, but he gets a pass for that as it was the first time for ages he has contended in a Major.
His name featured pretty regularly a few years back, and fourth in the 2015 US Open and fifth a year later shows he has the appetite for the game’s toughest test.
Grace is still only 33, but his career was heading in the wrong direction until his win in Puerto Rico four months ago, which clearly did wonders for his confidence.
Warmed up for this by finishing a close fourth at the Memorial, so plenty of evidence to make his three figure odds look highly tempting.
Cameron Young – 250-1
Everyone is looking for the next Will Zalatoris – you know, the guy who steps straight off the Korn Ferry Tour and hands it to the big boys – and Young might just fit the bill.
He completed back-to-back wins on America’s highly competitive second tier circuit last month, going wire-to-wire on both occasions to show he is well-equipped to deal with pressure.
The 24 year old made it into the 2019 US Open as an amateur by winning his qualifier, and repeated the feat earlier this month, romping home three shots clear of 78 other hopefuls at Westchester.
Young fired rounds of 67-66 despite hot-tailing it from North Carolina after another Korn Ferry Tour start, and getting virtually no sleep. He looks to have a big future.
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