It’s US Open time and the best in the world are headed to Erin Hills.
Interestingly, the USGA have gone for another unknown quantity of a golf course – along with Chambers Bay two years ago, and we all remember how that turned out… – with the Wisconsin venue having never hosted America’s largest tournament before. The rough looks repulsive (just ask Kevin Na), the weather forecast ain’t great, oh, and it is 7,741 yards long!
Here is who The Sports Blog is picking this week, ranked by their betting odds.
Dustin Johnson – 13/2
Last year’s winner needs no introduction. He tops the tour in numerous categories; driving distance, greens in regulation, and FedEx Cup rankings, and is the hot favourite coming in. Money got firmly off his back at Oakmont, and with his length he’ll be there for sure.
Rickie Fowler – 20/1
The American media are all over Rickie for this week. Second at The Memorial, five other top tens this season and a win at the Honda Classic. He is in the form of his life and is becoming a much more substantial figure on the big stage.
Henrik Stenson – 28/1
Henrik’s form has been erratic to say the least. Five consecutive missed cuts are unusual to say the least. However, there were glimpses of form in at T-14 at The Players and his results have meant that at 28/1 there is great value there.
Alex Noren – 55/1
How is this man 55/1? He is the EIGHTH ranked player in the world! No one has ever destroyed Wentworth like the Swede did, a truly remarkable performance. Apart from DJ, he is our pick.
Francesco Molinari – 70/1
Our outsider. Hits it remarkably straight – 71% fairways hit – and is playing some excellent golf. A runner up to Noren was a nice back door top 5 and is coming into the US Open with good form.