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US Open: 14/1, 80/1 & 110/1 Tips among 5 selections!

Updated on 11:57am GMT 12 June 2024
US Open: 14/1, 80/1 & 110/1 Tips among 5 selections!

It’s not just Euro 2024 that has caught our eye this weekend, as focus turns to Pinehurst for the third of golf’s four majors this year. The US Open once again features Scotti Scheffler at the top of the betting, but the RFO’s golf tipster Joe Champion has five selections that are ready to take on the favourite.

All the prices featured below are with bet365, who are offering customers a wide range of options for the US Open, with each-way terms from three to 12 places. All five of our selections are eight places each way.

US Open Outright Selections

Collin Morikawa each-way at 14/1

Without wishing to doubt him, Scottie Scheffler did show some vulnerability at Muirfield Village on Sunday and while a brave five-foot putt on the last was enough to secure another victory, preference at Pinehurst is for the man who pushed him all the way in Ohio.

Collin Morikawa has already won the US PGA Championship and the Open Championship and the Californian looks to have all the tools required to tame this fearsome layout and land the third leg of his own career Slam.

The 27-year-old found form when third at the Masters at Augusta National, a course bearing some similarities to Pinehurst if only in the premium it puts on approach play, then he finished ninth at the RBC Heritage, 16th at the Wells Fargo, fourth at both the US PGA and the Charles Schwab Challenge and a runner-up last week, beaten only a shot.

He’s been understandably well backed this week but, at more than five times Scheffler’s price, he still looks decent value to serve it up to the world number one.

Morikawa at his most brilliant was the best iron-player in the sport, ranking in the top three for strokes-gained approaching the green in the last four completed PGA Tour seasons before that area of his game dropped off at the beginning of this season.

However, his iron-play has been getting better and better in recent weeks and he’s growing in confidence with the driver in hand as well, striking the ball with the accuracy required to win a US Open.

While he’s not blessed with the length of some of his peers, that shouldn’t be a huge issue at Pinehurst, where precision has generally been equally if not more important, and that’s an area where Morikawa is typically reliable.

Viktor Hovland each-way at 16/1

An emphasis on iron-play could mean that Rory McIlroy’s Major wait goes on while it’s a big ask for Xander Schauffele to win back-to-back on the biggest stage, it could be the turn of Viktor Hovland to claim that elusive first top-tier title.

The Norwegian struggled on and around the Memorial greens and that remains his biggest weakness. However, Pinehurst is so tough that it’s likely to be a leveller when it comes to short-game and Hovland’s elite long-game is a serious positive.

The 26-year-old Oslo native has turned a corner since he started working with coach Joe Mayo again, finishing third behind Schauffele at the US PGA, and he’s shown a liking for Ross courses having won last season’s Tour Championship at East Lake three months after pushing Brooks Koepka all the way in the Oak Hill PGA.

Hideki Matsuyama each-way at 40/1

Hideki Matsuyama’s fitness must always be taken on trust but the Japanese warmed up with top-ten finish at the Memorial and Pinehurst looks an ideal fit for his measured style.

A winner of the 2021 Masters, Matsuyama has underwhelmed in Majors this season but he possesses the tee-to-green class and scrambling ability to excel this week.

US Open Outsider Selections

Sungjae Im each-way at 80/1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout each-way at 110/1

At bigger each-way prices, Sungjae Im and Christiaan Bezuidenhout both appeal.

Im has found form and confidence again, finishing in the top 12 in four of his last five PGA Tour events as well as winning on his native Korean Tour, while Bezuidenhout is the sort of dogged performer who will relish the challenge of Pinehurst.

The South African has finished outside the top 30 just once in his last nine starts and was fourth at the Memorial last week.

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