You know times flying by when the third golfing major of the year is already upon us. Granted it’s a bit earlier than usual with this new experimental schedule. But I for one think it’s a been a success and I can’t see it being reverted next year.
Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open is a fitting venue for what promises to be a real show down between the current greats of the game. You have Brooks Koepka, going for an unprecedented three-peat of U.S. Open titles and a double up of majors for the season.
Tiger Woods, off the back of his Masters success, trying to edge closer to Jack’s major titles record, and looking in dangerously good form of late on a course he loves. Rory McIlroy, who absolutely mauled the field by seven shots at last week’s Canadian Open and who knows it’s been a few drinks since his last major victory. And then you have players like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, and Jordan Spieth, who will all be desperate not be consigned to the ranks of ‘also-rans’ in the hunt for major’s glory this season.
The course itself can play one of two ways; when conditions are benign it is quite possible for the pro’s to shoot in the low sixties without too much fuss. But if the coastal winds kick up then the course can become a brutal test, where a scorecard can fall apart quicker than an a politicians election manifesto, especially if the rough is up, which is exactly what the USGA have ensured this week.
Blue Horseshoe Loves:
PATRICK CANTLAY at around 18/1 with starsports.bet
The USGA’s Pebble Beach is going to demand the winner to be long, straight, and to be able to scramble extremely well. Cantlay ranks second on tour this season in strokes gained tee to green and first in scrambling. With a series of close finishes this year before taking out the Memorial two weeks ago in impressive style, Patrick Cantlay is in the form of his life and despite his moaning about the state of the rough this week at Pebble Beach I think he should be right in the mix.
BROOKS KOEPKA at around 9/1 with starsports.bet
Let’s face it, this guy is a beast and is starting to look like the biggest thing in golf since a certain Eldrick Woods. There is absolutely no weakness in his game. He turned up in Canada last week and played well, especially when you consider that he hadn’t even picked a club up since his USPGA victory. This course will require you to be long, straight and to be strong enough to punch the ball out of the penal rough should you go into it. Check, check, check. Oh, and the guy is a hell of a putter too.
PAUL CASEY at around 40/1 with starsports.bet
Casey just dipped out to Phil Mickelson at the AT&T at this very venue earlier in the season. On top of the fact of his good recent course form, Casey’s game is all about length and accuracy. The Englishman always gives a good account of himself at major’s and I don’t expect that to change this week.
And here’s a couple of reaaallly long shots for some each way value:
KYLE STANLEY at around 225/1 with starsports.bet
If it doesn’t blow too much then Stanley’s accuracy off the tee and second ball striking skills could see him feature for a very decent each way return.
ABRAHAM ANCER at around 250/1 with starsports.bet
The same rules apply for Ancer who ranks inside the top twenty for driving accuracy and he possesses a very good short game. If he can keep it out of the long stuff as much as possible then too could be a good shout for some excellent each ways odds.
Good luck if you’re having a punt. It should be riveting stuff!
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK PATRICK CANTLAY 2 pts each way at 18/1 with starsports.bet
BACK BROOKS KOEPKA 3 pts each way at 9/1 with starsports.bet
BACK PAUL CASEY 1.5 pts each way at 40/1 with starsports.bet
BACK KYLE STANLEY 1 pt each way at 225/1 with starsports.bet
BACK ABRAHAM ANCER 1 pt each way at 250/1 with starsports.bet
Each-way terms 1/5 odds 7 place
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