THE US OPEN heads to Erin Hills for the first time in 2017, its 19th special state, and it’s miles expected to be a brutal check of golfing.
With a prize for the winner of more than $2million (£1.57m) for the very first time, the sector’s golfers will be flocking to the Midwest looking for one of the 4 principal titles played each year.
Dustin Johnson, the world No1 who pulled out of the Masters dramatically in advance this 12 months, will begin as a favorite to preserve the name he received at Oakmont ultimate year, his first-ever predominant title.
The American became in the crimson-hot form before his damage, but given he’s as short as 7/1 in places and falling, Johnson gives little fee.
So who may want to stop him from becoming the primary guy to shield the USA Open name on the account that Curtis Strange in 1988 and win you some money?US Open 2017 tip 1: Jon Rahm (22/1)
The 6ft2 Spaniard might be the maximum upwards trending younger golfer at the PGA Tour.
After finishing third at the Quicken Loans National on his professional debut ultimate 12 months, he then completed second on the RBC Canadian Open and earned his PGA card for 2017.
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He now has his first title – the Farmers Insurance Open in January – and secured a pinnacle-30 end in his first-ever Masters in advance this yr.
The 22-12 months old seems to have been absolutely unfazed by way of the big stage and turned into the main amateur at this occasion the last yr.
Phil Mickelson believes he “does not have weaknesses – each a part of his recreation is an energy” however, possibly the best of these is Rahm’s riding. He averages 302.7 yards off the tee and reckons his recreation is properly appropriate to how the US Open courses are fashionable installation.
“It’s a huge deal to be specific off the tee, which I am,” Rahm advised Golf world.
“I’ve were given a terrific quick sport and proper sense with the putter, too. It’s one I should win.”
We do too. Get him at the same time as he is nevertheless out at 22s because they’ll load money on him the nearer we get to the event.US Open 2017 tip 2: Rickie Fowler (22/1)
Why can we preserve betting on Rickie Fowler? Because he continues getting there or thereabouts, and his game is set up well for the Wisconsin course.
He is the 5th-maximum accurate driving force on the PGA Tour this year with fairways hit percentage of almost 70, and with the kingdom of the tough at Erin Hills, keeping your ball out of it will be key.
Fowler did pass over the FedEx St Jude Classic final week; however, that observed finish 2d in The Memorial Tournament the week before. And he did come lower back in 32 on Friday at St Jude to signify the swing continues to be inaccurate form.US Open 2017 tip three: Kevin Kisner (55/1)
It would be incorrect of us now not to tip a reasonably big rate, although I generally like something in triple figures for my outright punt.
However, Kisner looks actually suitable cost at 55s when you consider his recreation and the stats.
Format Memorial earlier than the USA Open is popular an excellent indicator of achievement – 4 of the remaining six winners came into the opposition with a top 10 finish at Memorial in the bag. Isner finished 6th there, with a completely regular weekend of 70-69-70-seventy one. His previous time out led to a win in the Dean & Deluca Invitational.
Add to that the truth. Kisner is right up there on using accuracy, and the sector No20 starts to appear like a far better fee bet.