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Handicapping the U.S. Open Field

May 25 2017, 06:08 | Van Peters

Handicapping the U.S. Open Field

Handicapping the U.S. Open Field

The prognosticating experts at Betway (https://sports.betway.com) have made Jason Day a 13/2 favorite for this weekend’s U.S. Open golf championship. But it is hardly a look into the crystal ball or a high risk bet to pick the Australian to come out on top on the brutal course at Oakmont Country Club. 

Day is the world’s #1 ranked golfer, the defending champion of the PGA Championship, and he’s twice been a U.S. Open runner-up. If anyone has the temperament to handle the pressures of Oakmont and the confidence in his swing to overcome a bad round, it’s Day.

Day may reign at the PGA Championship, but Rory McIroy also won golf’s final major of the season–twice. And he’s won The British Open. And he’s won the U.S. Open. And he just won last month on his home soil at the Irish Open. Coming in at 7/1 on the favorite’s board at Betway, McIlroy says his key to victory in Pennsylvania will be to remain disciplined. 

"I'm an aggressive player,” said McIlroy. “So there's just going to be times where I'm going to have to rein it back a little bit.”

Of course no article about favorites in major championships can get too far down the page without mentioning Jordan Spieth. Will he suffer from a big stage hangover following his epic collapse at The Masters in April? Or did he successfully exorcise those demons with his win at the Colonial, as he says he did? And can he then defend his title as the current U.S. Open champion?

Still just 22 years old, if not for the meltdown in Augusta, Spieth would be on one of the greatest runs in modern golf history–with wins last year at The Masters and the U.S. Open, and near misses at the The British Open and PGA Championship. But going from five shots up, to three shots down, in less than nine holes, has a way of shaking a man. And that’s why he comes in at only 9/1 odds to repeat as champion.

No one doubts that Justin Rose has the skills to win on a U.S. Open course. He did it in 2013, becoming the first Englishman to win the event in 43 years. And no one doubts that he’s been playing well in 2016. He came in sixth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and finished in the top-ten at The Masters. What is in some doubt, however, is his injured back.

Rose hasn’t played a competitive round of golf since the middle of May as he’s been desperately trying to get his back to 100% for the U.S. Open. He says it is, and many experts agree, making Rose “one to watch” this weekend at Oakmont with 25/1 odds.

Of course, it’s golf. Strange weather, an unknown challenger, or just a string of luck–both good and bad–and anything can happen. Anyone can win.

 



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