Golf tips: 22/1 & 25/1 US Open predictions

Golf tips: 22/1 & 25/1 US Open predictions
Alex Wrigley
Alex Wrigley
June 16, 2021
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Content Editor at Free Super Tips, Alex was born in the shadow of Old Trafford and is an avid Man Utd fan. After graduating from university he combined his love of football, writing and betting to join FST and now closely follows goings-on in all of the top European leagues.

The US Open returns to Torrey Pines in California after a 13 year absence and the if that dramatic week was anything to go by we’re in for a treat this week.

Jon Rahm leads the markets at a short 9/1, well ahead of the chasing pack which includes Duston Johnson, Bryson De Chambeau and Brooks Koepka.

Phil Mickelson became the oldest Major champion in history last month and is a hefty 70/1 to complete a late career Grand Slam at the age of 51.

Steve Palmer is back to provide us with all his expert insight and betting tips ahead of the showpiece event.


US Open predictions & betting tips

US Open course guide & where to watch

Course: Torrey Pines South, La Jolla, San Diego, California

Par: 71

Field: 156

Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 3:30pm on Thursday

US Open winners prediction: Collin Morikawa at 22/1

Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson are the two main stories coming into US Open week, but neither man may be worth backing for the Torrey Pines showpiece.

Rahm has been heavily supported over the last fortnight, having impressed at Muirfield Village in his last start, and the Spaniard has become a short-price favourite. The odds have contracted to the extent that Rahm no longer seems a value option. He has never won a Major and the super-tough set-up will test his fiery temperament.

Mickelson seems likely to buckle under the pressure as he bids to complete a career Grand Slam of Major titles at the age of 51.

Preference is for Collin Morikawa, who won his first Major last year in the US PGA Championship. That triumph came in California – his home state – and the world number four is thrilled to be back on familiar terrain this week.

Morikawa has already won a WGC this season, he was eighth in his US PGA title defence, and he lost a playoff to Patrick Cantlay in his last event.

Given Morikawa tops the PGA Tour greens-in-regulation statistics, he can be fancied to pass the extreme long-game examination of a Torrey Pines US Open. Only two players finished under par in 2008 – the last time Torrey staged this event – and another grind can be expected.

Tiger Woods – the best iron-player in history – won that edition 13 years ago. Morikawa’s approach-play brilliance may prove decisive this week.

US Open alternative prediction: Viktor Hovland at 25/1

Viktor Hovland, a college rival of Morikawa until they both turned pro in 2019, may also emerge as a title threat.

The free-flowing Norwegian has quickly shown he can handle Major layouts and he finished second at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open there at the end of January.


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