The 115th US Open Championship, the second Major of the golfing year, tees off at the long and very challenging Chambers Bay course in Washington on Thursday, and it promises to be one hell of a tournament.
Usually when Majors are played at long courses (this one can stretch to over 7,800, depending on the pin positions), the big hitters relish the task ahead. But this Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed course is a little different in that failure to drive the ball accurately can lead to disaster. Intriguingly, the first and last holes vary from round to round between pars five and four, which could upset the rhythm of some players.
What is the same as for most Majors is that world number one Rory McIlroy goes into the tournament as the favourite, priced at around 8/1 with most bookies. Masters winner and world number two Jordan Spieth is just behind in the betting at 9/1, while the in-form Englishman Justin Rose – who won the US Open in 2013 – is priced at around 18/1.
If you fancy betting on the US Open, Coral have an offer that could be of interest. The bookie will give you a free £10 bet to use in-play once the action tees off if you place a £10 pre-tournament bet on the 5 Place or 6 Place markets.
The free bet will be credited when you place your qualifying bet and it can then be used on the Outright, Top 10 or Top 5 markets once the tournament commences, with the free bet expiring once the tournament concludes.
For our money there is one obvious choice for the qualifying bet if you plan to make use of this offer, and that’s the man who finished towards the top of the leaderboard in all four of last season’s Majors: Rickie Fowler. Priced at very nice odds of 18/1 in the 6 Place market, Fowler was tied second in both the US Open and British Open in 2014, while he was tied third in the USPGA and tied fifth in the Masters. That level of consistency in the Majors is truly impressive to say the least, and given that his game thrives when he faces challenging courses, we suspect he’ll do very well at Chambers Bay. A decent alternative could be to back Justin Rose at 16s in the same market.
In terms of using the free in-play bet, you have two options: place a bet as soon as the tournament tees off so the odds haven’t changed, or wait a little to see which players are handling the course the best. We’d urge the latter option, because – although you might take a hit on the odds if a player is doing well – the course will be unforgiving and if you bet before seeing how your player handles it out there, you could well end up with nothing to show for it. If you do want to get on early, however, we’d go for Fowler to win. He’s certainly due a Major and this could just be his time to shine.