DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 12/06/2018, 14:48.
The world’s golfing elite will descend on Shinnecock Hills this week for the 118th US Open. Brooks Koepka is the defending champion and we will take a look at what may happen this year with these US Open tips.
It has been five years since Rose claimed his first and only major to date at Merion Golf Club, with a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in the US Open. He has won seven tournaments plus an Olympic gold medal since and the time is right for the Englishman to return to the winner’s circle.
The 37-year-old has been in superb form of late, with victory in the Forth Worth Invitational while he was also in contention at the Memorial Tournament before fading towards the end.
Rose seems totally in control of his game, with his driving and iron play as good as ever and, if he can make the putter work, then the tough New York venue could be right up his street.
McIlroy continues to blow hot and cold but there have been many more hot flushes than cold spells in 2018. It is true he fluffed his lines at the Players but victory at the Arnold Palmer was followed by a share of fifth at the Masters and second place at the BMW PGA Championship.
While those results will do just nicely for mere mortals, the Northern Irishman is not content with top-10s and wants trophies, and he may well have a say in proceedings on Sunday. Whether he can get over the line only time will tell, but it would be a shock if his name was not near the top of the leaderboard.
Oosthuizen comes into the year’s second major with some form, having picked up a share of fifth at Fort Worth and finishing tied for 13th at the Memorial. He knows how to win majors having taken the 2010 Open at St Andrews, and has it within him to fend off the challenges of compatriots Branden Grace, Dylan Frittelli and Ernie Els.
US Open odds have Grace as 11/8 favourite to be top South Africa but I fancy 35-year-old Oosthuizen to beat them all this time around.
US Open betting on the Spaniard is certain to be popular as it is widely conceded that he is a major champion in waiting, but will it be this week?
The form book is on the youngster’s side as he has managed two top-fives while winning the Spanish Open in his last four outings and rarely seems to have a bad tournament.
With talent in abundance and two wins to his name already this season, his price looks generous and, on a course where accuracy will be paramount, watch out for a charge from Rahm on Father’s Day.
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