Nearly three months after its original date the U.S. Open will be played. The first major of the elongated new season gets underway Thursday from Winged Foot Golf Club in New York with the best the PGA Tour has to offer. In his first event since being named Player of the Year, Dustin Johnson looks to continue the heater that saw him win the grand prize at the TOUR Championship a few weeks back. DJ and Jon Rahm are at the top of the leaderboard and positioned 1-2 in the world rankings. That just adds to the excitement of numerous betting options available when golf’s premier events take place. There are a number of tantalizing matchups available to wager on at BookMaker.eu.
U.S. Open Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Ryan Fox -122 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello -108
Branden Grace -132 vs. Robert MacIntyre +102
Ryan Vermeer -112 vs. Marty Jertson -118
Shane Lowry -102 vs. Kevin Kisner -128
Lucas Herbert +128 vs. Steve Stricker -161
Cameron Smith -128 vs. Mackenzie Hughes -102
Brandon Wu -132 vs. Victor Perez +102
Abraham Ancer -130 vs. Sergio Garcia +100
Tom Lewis -124 vs. Andy Sullivan -106
Adrian Otaegui +119 vs. Connor Syme -149
Rasmus Hojgaard -104 vs. Matt Wallace -126
Kevin Na -120 vs. Joel Dahmen -110
Matt Kuchar -159 vs. Martin Kaymer +127
Cameron Champ -101 vs. Joaquin Niemann -129
Abraham Ancer -109 vs. Sungjae Im -121
Lanto Griffin -122 vs. Matthias Schwab -108
Max Homa -106 vs. Adam Long -124
Sungjae Im -134 vs. Sergio Garcia +104
Keegan Bradley -129 vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout -101
Bernd Wiesberger -110 vs. Zach Johnson -120
Eddie Pepperell +185 vs. Brian Harman -238
Sebastian Munoz -136 vs. Adam Hadwin +106
Chesson Hadley -113 vs. Troy Merritt -117
Adam Scott +102 vs. Tyrrell Hatton -132
Graeme McDowell +108 vs. Mike Lorenzo Vera -138
Alex Noren -103 vs. Henrik Stenson -127
Si Woo Kim -131 vs. Martin Kaymer +101
Bubba Watson -109 vs. Joaquin Niemann -121
Brandt Snedeker -116 vs. Erik Van Rooyen -114
Jason Kokrak -157 vs. Lee Westwood +125
Kurt Kitayama -102 vs. Takumi Kanaya -128
Matthew Fitzpatrick -128 vs. Justin Rose -102
Tyrrell Hatton -145 vs. Tiger Woods +115
Justin Rose -113 vs. Rickie Fowler -117
Need to Know
The West Course at Winged Foot is going to be a massive test for the field. It stretches to nearly 7,500 yards at par 70, but the length is just one factor. Secondary rough is the longest most players will see, and even though the greens were enlarged a few years ago they are still below Tour average size. The last time Winged Foot hosted the U.S. Open was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over. Four of the previous five U.S. Open winners on this track finished over-par, a testament to just how difficult it’s going to be. The biggest unknown is how moving from June to mid-September affects the field and the course. We’ll find out on Thursday. Distance off the tee and accuracy are two key areas to concentrate on this week, and don’t expect low scores.
U.S. Open Matchup Picks
Martin Kaymer +127 vs. Matt Kuchar
A recent resurgence on the European Tour has given hope to the idea that the former world No. 1 and two-time major champion is ready to come full circle. A month ago I wouldn’t have even thought about throwing down on Kaymer, but watching him miss out with a T3 at the UK Championship and solo second at the Andalucia Masters has me thinking the German is ready to tackle the big boys. He won the U.S. Open in 2014 at Pinehurst by eight shots buoyed by a tournament 36-hole record score. He probably won’t win outright, but I like his price in this matchup.
Bernd Wiesberger -110 vs. Zach Johnson
Taking Wiesberger is a risk since his play on the PGA Tour side and in major championships has been spotty. There’s always a first time, though, and the Austrian cashed in for me many times on the Euro Tour. Overcoming Winged Foot is half the battle and knowing that Wiesberger has played the weekend in every tournament since the restart is encouraging. Remember, I’m not betting on him to win the individual title. He’s also 6 for 6 in his previous starts in a major with half of those ending in a top-32.
Tiger Woods +115 vs. Tyrrell Hatton
Can you not back Woods at plus-odds? It’s another risky move, but what the hell, let’s go for it. I was one who counted Woods out of last year’s Masters, fading him in the betting markets. We saw what that got me. He may be worse off coming into this tournament finishing outside the top-35 in every start since the lockdown ended. However, in typical Tiger fashion I can see his record 83rd Tour victory coming in a major. I’ll settle for him winning this matchup.
Sungjae Im -121 vs. Abraham Ancer
Battling nearly every week to get that maiden victory, Im was one of the most consistent players on Tour. He finally got it back in January at the Honda Open and followed with a T3 at the API. Then came the lockdown, which seemed to interrupt his momentum. He recently showed signs that the pre-shutdown form was coming back with a T9 at the Wyndham Championship. Even more encouraging was his -10 after 36 holes at the TOUR Championship.
Justin Rose -113 vs. Rickie Fowler
I hope Fowler finds his game at some point, just not this week. Both players have been erratic but it’s been on the lesser side for Rose. With classic ball-striking form and a deft touch around the greens, Winged Foot can be tamed by Rose. And now that he’s into his fourth decade of life the temperament has also changed. He’s been resting since a T25 at The Northern Trust and he’s won a U.S. Open, so he’s got that going for him.
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