This week’s US Open at Chambers Bay, due to the unusual nature of the course, is likely to come under more scrutiny than other golf tournament this year. Wide, hard fairways and tricky green complexes are likely to make it a unique test – and one where the key skill may well be imagination.
Power, accuracy, a razor-sharp short game, and a hot putter will also certainly help – but it may well be that creativity is the key prerequisite to success. If that’s the case, many of the younger brigade may not have the experience or repertoire of shots required – and I’m happy to side with proven experience this week.
Bubba Watson 1 point each-way @ 40/1 (Betfair Sportsbook) 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4-5-6
The dual Masters Champion may not have a great US Open record, but he has flair and imagination in abundance. He’ll also be knocking it miles and going in with smaller clubs than most. He may also rise to the unique challenges of getting up and down from around these unique greens – and he looks a value bet at 40/1.
Phil Mickleson 2 points each-way @ 16/1 (Various) 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4-5-6
Phil “the thrill” Mickleson is relishing the fact that half the field don’t even sound like they want to play here. He should also be another who loves the wider than normal fairways and there’s no better short-game in the business.
Tiger Woods 1 point each-way @ 80/1 (Betway) 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4-5-6
Tiger may never win another major, but he’ll probably never play in another one where his wayward driving could be less detrimental. Sure, the rest of his game isn’t what it was – but is there anyone with a bigger repertoire of shots.
Ernie Els 1 point each-way @ 200/1 (Various) 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4-5-6
Ernie Els has won two US Opens and two Opens, and it was his ability to imagine running the ball into rock-hard greens, and getting up and down when he missed them that won him those. 200/1 is an insult
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