Guide To The 2019 US Open

Guide To The 2019 US Open

The US Open returns to Pebble Beach this June as one of the most storied and iconic golf courses in the world hosts its sixth edition of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) showpiece annual event.

The run of monthly majors from April through to the British Open in July has already staged some seriously entertaining golf. The third Major of the season, the 2019 US Open will have to go some to match the drama of Tiger's victory at the Masters and Brooks Koepka's win with a final round wobble at the PGA Championship.

Bet UK’s online betting has the latest golf betting odds for the US Open , as well as all PGA and European tour events. In the lead up to this year’s event, check out resident tipster Robert Cobley’s US Open betting tips for his thoughts and opinions.

2019 US Open Format

Since 1898 the US Open has been a stroke-play event played across four rounds of 72 holes. This year the tournament tees off on June 13th with the final 18-hole Sunday scheduled for Fathers Day.

156 players make up the US Open field with that number cut to 67 after the first two days of play.

The US Open can quite rightly lay claim to being the most difficult to win of all of golf’s four Majors. The set-up is usually stingy with low scoring at a premium. Since 2000 the average winning score of the US Open has been almost six strokes higher than that in each of the other three Majors.

The 2019 Us Open Venue Needs Little Introduction

Pebble Beach Links is one of America’s most recognisable golf courses. Nestled on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in central California, the 18-hole layout offers stunning views across Still Water Cove with the Pacific Ocean lapping at the shore which borders the course.

Indeed, the ocean is never far away during a round here. The Pacific poses a distinct hazard at six of the holes and threatens to come into play at another three. Such is the ever-present watery threat at Pebble Beach, a recent survey found over 30,000 stray golf balls lying on the sea bed adjacent to the course. Astonishingly, a teenage diver and her father had already retrieved a further 50,000 balls during a two-year period. A clean-up operation is now underway.

Opened in 1919, The US Open returns to Pebble Beach to celebrate the centenary year of the venue. Pebble Beach is also famous for staging the AT&T Pro-Am. The annual mix-up of pro’s and celebrities has been played on the three famous courses on the Monterey Peninsula for over 70 years. The final round is always played on the links layout so several pros took a first look at how Pebble Beach will look at the Open at February's pro-am.

The legendary Tom Watson once said “it takes a lot of heart” to play Pebble Beach Links. The course is notable for being home to some of the smallest greens in professional golf. The green sizes at Pebble Beach are roughly half that found at Oakmont Country Club, site of nine US Opens. In fact, Pebble Beach greens average at a miserly 3,500 square feet compared with 13,600 at the world’s other most famous links course - St Andrews.

Previous US Opens at Pebble Beach

The US Open was first staged at Pebble Beach in 1972. Jack Nicklaus captured his 11th Major with one of the most famous shots in golfing history. With a three-stroke lead, Nicklaus sealed the title with a 1-iron second shot which struck the flagstick square on to secure a tap-in birdie. Nicklaus would later recall that he could never repeat the feat again. When the US Open returned to Pebble Beach six years later, Tom Watson would clinch victory over Nicklaus with a delicate chip-in at the same hole.

US Opens at Pebble Beach have been notable for the challenging weather conditions which have tested the world’s best. Tom Kite won the US Open at Pebble Beach on a windy weekend in 1992 with Tiger Woods claiming his third Major in 2000 as the only player to finish under par in a weather-delayed tournament. Graham McDowell became the first European to win the US Open in forty years when he edged out Grégory Havret by a single stroke in 2010.

Players To Watch At The US Open

Brooks Koepka will enter the fray as the favourite to lift a Championship Trophy which has been presented to the winner of the US Open since its inaugural event in 1895.

The 29-year-old earns his place at the top of the odds following a successful defence of the PGA Championship title last month. Can Koepka defend the US Open title he won at Shinnecock Hills last June and at Erin Hills the previous year? It would be an astonishing feat, and one only achieved once in the tournament’s history - back in 1905 when Scotsman Willie Anderson claimed a trio of consecutive titles.

The likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson head up the rest of the favourites at a venue which has become synonymous with the US Open. Johnson is one of a number of players who have enjoyed success at Pebble Beach along with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

How To Watch The 2019 US Open

In the UK, you can watch the US Open on Sky Sports Golf. Pebble Beach local time is eight hours behind BST. Sky's coverage begins at 21.30 on 13th June. Fox Sports will beam the event live in America. If you’re looking for the latest odds on the US open, you can find them right here at Bet UK.

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US Open Betting Tips

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Dustin Johnson - 18/1 To Win Brooks Koepka - 18/1 To Win Dylan Frittelli - 300/1 To Win

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The Course

The South Course, Torrey Pines - San Diego, California, USA - 7,700 Yards, Par 70

The US Open arrives at a familiar venue this year with Torrey Pines on California's Monterey Peninsula the host course for one of the biggest events on the calendar.

The South Course at Torrey Pines is one of the finest courses in the USA and, as the honour roll shows, has hosted some of the greatest champions in golf. Opened in 1957, and on a clifftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the South Course was redesigned by Reese Jones back in 2001 who lengthened it to the brutally difficult 7,700-yard beast that it is today. A proper all-round test of golf, the South requires the players to hit the ball straight from the tee, shape it both ways and punishes any bad shots. From the tee, bigger hitters are at an advantage purely due to the length of the course and the fact that long drives make the course more manageable. There is, however, no substitute for accuracy and errant drives will find the thick rough and dangerously-placed fairway bunkering that is especially prevalent over the back nine holes. This has been made all the tougher for the Open.

The greens on the South Course are not vastly different to those on the easier North which is not in play this week, and are not where it really shows its teeth. They are large, fast, and slopey poa annua that can pick up spike marks and become more challenging to putt on through the afternoon. The greenside bunkering is strong, and the rough around the greens is deep. If players are approaching from the rough, or even from the wrong side of the fairway, they are well-advised to be conservative. Double bogeys or worse are not uncommon here, and such a stiff test of golf invariably produces a high calibre winner.

The biggest advantage this week is with the bigger hitters. There will be a lot of hits and gauge from the thick rough onto the large, forgiving, greens, and the top of the market is likely to produce the winner this year.

Last Five Winners

Year | Winner | Score 2020 | Bryson Dechambeau | -6 2019 | Gary Woodland | -13 2018 | Brooks Koepka | +1 2017 | Brooks Koepka | -16 2016 | Dustin Johnson | -4

The Market Leaders

John Rahm (17/2) has a win and three other top-five finishes in his career starts at Torrey Pines, and with just one finish outside the top 20, the Spaniard looks a strong market favourite. He was on the verge of winning two weeks ago when he was forced to withdraw going into the final round with a six-stroke lead, and he will be keen to put that behind him and take the title here on familiar turf. Rahm's US Open record isn't great with more missed cuts than top 10s, and I think the adjusted Torrey setup might work against him here. For that reason, I will be looking slightly deeper.

Behind Rahm is a trio of big-hitting Americans that I really like the look of. Dustin Johnson (18/1), Brooks Koepka (18/1) and Bryson Dechambeau (16/1) between them have the last four US Open titles, and it's hard for me to see that not remaining the case after this week. Dechambeau looks the weakest with his comparably poor recent form and his previous tribulations at Torrey.

Rory Mcilroy (20/1) represents the best European chance on a course where he has gone close several times. He has been playing well of late but I think the tough rough might prove too penal unless he has an exceptional driving week and I am therefore happy to look elsewhere. This event has an American winner written all over it for me.

Rob's Golf Betting Tips

Headline Betting Tip

Dustin Johnson: 8 Points Win @ 18/1

My headline selection for the year's penultimate Major is the man who I maintain is the world's best player when all are in form, and he showed last week that his game is in excellent shape arriving here. Dustin was 2nd going into the weekend before falling away, but that is really of little concern given that all eyes were undoubtedly turned to this week.

Johnson has a best-placed finish of 3rd here in regular Tour events, and will be even more suited to the challenging setup of a US Open at this famed venue. He will have a huge advantage from the tee and will love the large uncomplicated putting surfaces. The speed is up from the Farmers Insurance which is played in February, and that again will be significantly to his advantage. I would have him as the strong market favourite, and I am happy to throw my weight behind him with a win only bet of 8 Points Win @ 18 /1.

Other Betting Tips

Brooks Koepka: 8 Points Win @ 18/1

I considered Brooks Koepka as my headline pick, and was only slightly persuaded to go with Dustin Johnson based on his better course form, but make no doubt Brooks will be thereabouts this week. There are no players on Tour that raise their game to the same degree that Koepka does when it comes to the biggest events, and whatever his past results here (MC, MC, 58), the setup this week is perfect.

If it weren't for the exceptional golf of Phil Mickelson, Brooks would be coming in here as the PGA Champion and probably a single figure favourite, however that not coming off has afforded us this excellent opportunity here at a marvellous price. I will have 8 Points Win @ 18/1.

Dylan Fritelli: 2 Points e/w @ 300/1

My final selection is a bit of a long shot, but Dylan Frittelli has been regular on Major Championship leaderboards with two top 10 finishes in the last five Majors. He also competed at the WGC Matchplay recently where he finished 9th in a field of the top 64 players in the World. His long game is his strength, and that is a necessity to combat the challenge of Torrey Pines, and this price doesn't seem in keeping with his true chances. He is worth an each way bet with 2 Points e/w @ 300/1.

Tour Points
European Tour -90
PGA Tour +42
Total -58
2019-06-12