US Open: Count on Cantlay…

This week sees the start of the third major of the golfing year, the US Open, coming from the famed Pebble Beach course in California.

Brooks Koepka arrives having won this tournament for the last two years, and also fresh off his dominant win in the US PGA at Bethpage last month. It would seem silly not to include him in our thoughts, but his major victories have come on long courses which have played into his power game. Pebble Beach is different.

An old, traditional course, the key attributes will be accuracy, patience and a good short game. The last three US Open winners here have been Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods and Tom Kite.

Woods does have a terrific record at this place – his US Open win here by 15 shots in 2000 lives long in the memory. We won’t put anyone off betting on Tiger, but, despite his Masters victory, we’re still not sure he offers value.

Instead we’ll side with Patrick Cantlay. This young Californian looks to us like a major winner in the making. He starred as an amateur but took a little longer than expected to make an impression on the professional game – not helped by injury and the tragic death of his best friend and caddy. He climbed into the world’s top ten with his impressive victory at the Memorial two weeks ago. He will be brimming with confidence.

Our second selection is Brandt Snedeker. This American netted us some each way cash last weekend in Canada. Not a long hitter, Snedeker has an excellent short game, loved putting on post anna greens and is clearly in form. He has won twice on this course at the regular AT&T Pebble Beach Tour event, and is in form.

Finally, we’re going to take an each way punt on Si Woo Kim. This Korean has been inconsistent since returning from national service, but has the talent to win a Players Championship. He cane fourth on this course in February and will tee off early, probably in the best of the conditions. We’ll take this bet with Betway, who pay out as a winner if your player leads after any round.

Recommendations:

Cantlay to win, 1 pt, at 18/1, bet365

Snedeker 0.5 pts each way at 50/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, bet365

SW Kim 0.5 pts each way at 150/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places

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