The U.S Open returns to Oakmont for the first time since 2007 and one thing is certain, this one won’t be the birdie festival we have grown accustomed to. Back in 2007, Angel Cabrera walked away with the trophy with a score of five over par. A tough course with over 200 bunkers and a distance of over 7,200 yards. Getting to the green is tough enough but once you do the job is far from over. Immensely fast greens and difficult to read. To win at Oakmont you need to be complete package over the four days. A course that saps you not only physically but also mentally.
Picking a winner or even someone to finish in the top five has been the Spiv’s toughest decision to date. Jason Day starts as the favourite for the U.S Open at a price of 7/1. Far too short to gain any value on a course that is far too unpredictable. Look past the usual suspects on the betting market and there is huge value out there on the course that has produced many surprises before. Each Way markets have never looked so good.
So, after looking at form and performances over recent events and Major know how here are the Spiv’s final selections.
Jordan Spieth 10/1 (William Hill)
Spieth’s Master meltdown has been forgotten thanks to victory at the DEAN and DELUCA. The strongest putter out there will benefit him on the tough Oakmont greens. He may not hit long off the tee but that can play into his hands in terms of accuracy. Of the three favourites, he has the game that is better suited to this course. The only question is his mental game following the Masters. 10/1 is not the greatest value but he’ll be up there challenging no matter his score.
Phil Mickelson 30/1 (Betfred)
The one that has eluded Phil’s grasp for so long. Mickelson needs the US Open to complete his “Grand Slam”. Five top-five finishes including a second place at the St Jude Classic shows he is entering Oakmont on a high. Although his tee shots can be erratic it’s his superb short game that places him in contention.
Hideki Matsuyama 33/1 (Ladbrokes)
Matsuyama has been on the Spiv’s list before and for good reason. He is consistent. With the exception of his missed cut at the Memorial, he has seven top 20 finishes in the eight events he has played. From that, he has four top 10’s and a victory. Strong form indeed. Well worth a punt at 33/1.
Patrick Reed 50/1 (Coral)
If events were won by pure tenacity alone then Reed’s cabinet would be full. He is an example of a man who grinds his way around a course. An amazing scambler on the course. This will put him in a good position for a course like Oakmont. Texan grit and determination will see him through. At 50/1 a good Each Way bet.
Danny Willett 45/1 (888)
Having won the Masters, our Danny went a little lose, understandable given the birth of his son and Media attention. His odds have also dropped. Yet, Willett has the perfect game to conquer Oakmont. He is a great all-rounder with a strong mental game complete with Yorkshire grit. The odds suggests he’s an outsider, but those that see him play know the truth.
Jim Furyk 100/1 (888)
He has been injured but he is back. Back in 2007, he finished in second and past experience counts on a course like Oakmont. An experienced golfer who already knows what awaits him this week.
Chris Wood 150/1 (888)
Winning the BMW PGA at Wentworth showed how Wood is more that a 150/1 longshot. To finish T-6th the week later showed it was no fluke. The big man is accurate off the tee which will but him in a good position here at Oakmont. He is also brimming with confidence. Spiv’s outsider of the week.