Five Outside Contenders For US Open
The US Open begins in earnest at Pebble Beach on Thursday with Brooks Koepka aiming to clinch the crown for the third year on the bounce.
Koepka won the last major, triumphing at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May. The 29-year-old has dominated the big events of late, although Tiger Woods did make a return to form to clinch The Masters at Augusta.
It has become difficult for outsiders to make breakthroughs on the major scene given the quality of the players at the top of the sport. However, there are golfers in the field that have enjoyed past success and could spring a surprise to go against the form book at the tournament.
We’ll now break down the leading outside candidates for the US Open, using the best value betting odds.
The Australian has the pedigree to win the US Open, having clinched The Masters crown in 2013. Since then he has been competitive at the majors, finishing in the top five on four occasions, including the 2018 PGA Championship. Scott has not been overly consistent at the US Open, failing to make the cut at the last two competitions. However, he does have form on his side entering the event this time around. Scott finished second last time out at the Memorial Tournament, ending the competition only two strokes off the pace of the winner Patrick Cantlay.
He was impressive after a mediocre first round, carding back-to-back rounds of six-under, but the Aussie could not surpass his rival on the final day. Scott had an excellent performance on round two at the PGA Championship, although he could not sustain his form to challenge Koepka at the top. The 38-year-old finished in tied-eighth just lacking the consistency to make a run. He does have the experience at operating under pressure at the majors and that will stand him in good stead. Back him at odds of 35/1 to take the title with Bet365.
Fleetwood made a charge at the US Open last year with a brilliant final round. The Englishman began the fourth day of the competition on nine-over for the competition. However, he surged through the field, producing an incredible display of golf. Fleetwood carded a seven-under 63 to pull within a stroke of Koepka, but the American had enough to close out the win at Shinnecock. Fleetwood has put forward two successive top-five finishes in the US Open, suggesting that he rounds into form in June.
The 28-year-old has impressed this season on the tour, but he has not managed to produce the run that has culminated in a victory. He finished in third place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and fifth at The Players Championship. He combined with Sergio Garcia at the Zurich Classic, but they narrowly lost out to Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer. Fleetwood was off the boil at the PGA Championship, falling down the placings on his final round. He will be desperate for an improvement at Pebble Beach as he searches for his major breakthrough. Back the Englishman at odds of 35/1 with Bet365.
Lowry was in position in the 2016 US Open to make a charge for the crown on the final day. The Irishman had manoeuvred himself into the lead, holding a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson heading into the fourth round. He had produced three excellent days of golf, but when it mattered the most Lowry fell apart on the course at Oakmont. He dropped six strokes on his final round to allow the American to snatch the title away from him. Lowry still finished in second place, although it proved to be a huge opportunity spurned.
He has since missed the cut at seven of the 11 majors since, although he did finish in the top 10 at the PGA Championship last time out. The Irishman has found form on the course, finishing third at the RBC Heritage in April and second only to Rory McIlroy at the Canadian Open. Lowry finished seven strokes off McIlroy’s incredible pace on a more than respectable 15-under for the tournament. The Irishman could have value to place at the US Open or a small stake at odds of 66/1 with Bet365.
The Italian was on his way to glory at The Masters, holding a two-stroke lead entering the back nine at Augusta. Molinari had held his composure to win The Open in 2018 and was dominant at the Ryder Cup where he won all five of his matches. However, with the Green Jacket at stake, he could not hold his nerve. Like so many players before him, Molinari landed in the water on the 12th hole, dropping two shots with a double-bogey. He allowed Woods to take the crown, while the Italian was forced to settle for fifth place.
The 36-year-old has not been the same since, missing the cut at the RBC Heritage, while he finished well off the pace at the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge. At the peak of his powers, Molinari is capable of mounting a charge for the US Open crown, but it will depend which version of the Italian arrives at Pebble Beach. He does have value for the event at 40/1 with Bet365.
The Englishman has been a quality player on the tour, but has not been able to raise his game at major tournaments. His best finish came at The Open in 2010 when he placed tied-third. Casey has not been at his best in the US Open, although he has recorded one top-10 finish back in 2007. Last season he place down in 16th, but was still competitive on the final day. Casey has been on form on the PGA Tour this term, winning the Valspar Championship for the second year in a row. A poor first round knocked him out of The Masters, missing the cut at Augusta.
However, he performed well at the Wells Fargo Championship with a fourth-place finish before producing decent form at the PGA Championship, although he lacked the one quality round to put him in contention. Casey withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge due to flu, but he should be fit and ready for the US Open. At odds of 55/1 with Bet365 he could be worth an each-way punt to place in the top five.
Adam Scott To Win US Open
Thursday 13th June 2019 – Sunday 16th June 2019
- Adam Scott
- Francesco Molinari
- Shane Lowry
- Tommy Fleetwood
- US Open