Favourites for the US Open 2018

Favourites To Win The 2019 US Open

The US Open can be a tricky Major to predict. This year the event returns to Pebble Beach Links in California with 156 golfers making up the field. The 2019 US Open tees off on June 13th and promises to deliver yet another exacting mental and physical test on the world’s best golfers.

Regarded as the toughest of the four golfing Majors, in recent years the US Open has proved to be an arduous test. Giving us breakthrough winners and big-name champions, the US Open has tended to favour the younger more athletic players who power their way around some of the most challenging set-ups in the game.

You can find all the latest golf betting odds for the US Open at Bet UK’s online betting, and read on to learn more about some of the players most tipped to win. Robert Cobley has also offered his US Open betting tips ahead of this year’s event.

Brooks Koepka To Win The US Open Looks An Irresistible Pick, But Does He Come With A Warning?

There’s simply no reason not to bet on Brooks Koepka as the recent PGA Championship winner looks to add a history-making third consecutive US Open to his growing list of titles.

Returning to his spot at the summit of the world rankings following last month’s win at Bethpage Black, Koepka is simply the man for the Majors and indeed for the US Open. At the 2017 event, he proved he could blow away a field and last year’s triumph showed Koepka can grind out a US Open victory.

Koepka has everything needed to win at Pebble Beach. At 29 he fits the age bracket - 15 of the last 18 US Open winners have been under 33-years-old; Koepka possesses the athleticism required to win the US Open, looking as if he would be as at home on an American football pitch as a golf course; and he has the strategic tee-to-green game required to master the intricacies of a Pebble Beach layout which will be tweaked as is US Open tradition.

However, only once in the past 14 editions of the US Open has the player at number 1 in the world rankings emerged victorious. And that was Tiger Woods back in 2008. And Woods’ dominance of the golfing world was, and still is, a freakish event which may never be repeated.

Dustin Johnson Is One Of A Few With Pebble Beach Pedigree

Koepka held off the challenge from Dustin Johnson at the PGA Championship but Johnson sure has Pebble Beach pedigree. The 34-year-old won the AT&T Pro-Am at the course in 2009 and 2010 and has been a regular in the top four at the event in recent years.

Johnson possesses the power required to win the US Open but he has endured some frustration in recent Majors with a tendency to come up just short. That said, Johnson proved he can still surge with the best at the PGA and he has finished second in two straight Majors.

Jordan Spieth is another with form at Pebble Beach and his T3 finish at Bethpage Black last month at least appeared to show a glimmer that he’s on the road back to the pre-destined sustained glory which has eluded him at recent Majors. Spieth tends to do well when conditions are tough which could lend him an edge at Pebble should the weather turn.

Anyone looking for a little nostalgic pick at Pebble Beach will inevitably settle on Phil Mickelson. Leftie won the AT&T here this year and having never won the US Open Mickelson has still to add this title to achieve a career Grand Slam. He turns 49 on Fathers Day which will be the final round of the US Open and you just feel that his focus in 2019 has been firmly on finally adding his name to the list of greats who have won each of the Majors.

Jason Day is another with a string of top-5 and top-10 finishes at the Pro-Am which hints at familiarity with Pebble's quirks. Day has twice finished runner-up at the US Open and if he hasn’t been entirely consistent during 2019, at 31 he clearly has another Major within him.

What Of The Other Usual Suspects At The 2019 US Open?

The odds on Tiger Woods adding a 16th Major to his career record may have drifted following a disappointing Masters follow-up at the PGA Championship but no one would ever entirely discount him. Woods was dominant at Pebble Beach in 2000 but recent US Opens have had little regard for sentimentality.

There may be little value in picking the others who have appeared in the top-5 favourites for each of the 2019 Majors but Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose can also never be ignored with each having achieved success on the Tour this year.

Anyone Else Of Value Amongst The Field?

Further back you’ll find rising star Tommy Fleetwood who finished runner-up at last year’s US Open. The Englishman remains one of the rising stars of the game and with Pebble Beach being home to some of the tiniest greens in the game Fleetwood’s impressive greens-in-regulation stats this year may tip a nod his way for those looking for a value pick.

Xander Schauffele is another outsider whose game may suit the US Open fairways which will be tightly cut at Pebble Beach. Rickie Fowler is another who must live with the tag “future Major winner” until he actually gets his hands on one. Fowler didn’t fare well at the PGA but he rarely has two poor Majors in a row. Finally, Bryson DeChambeau has been steadily improving tournament-on-tournament which tends to be a prerequisite portent for those who could emerge to become first-time winners of the US Open.

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