The US Open is coming up and the general concensus is that 1 of the top players, the truly great players, will come to the fore and I wouldn't disagree looking at the course set up. A par 70 course playing over 7200 yards long means long approach shots and with most greens elevated, that means the longer hitters will have an advantage in being able to fire higher irons into the snooker table greensIntegrated rough running along tightish fairways means accuracy will also be a key factor but not as big a factor as the last time the Open was played at Bethpage. The course will set up as fast as you can imagine any golf course and this year will have some real risk-reward options. That will put the young aggressive players at an early disadvantage and all these factors should see a top quality shot maker with a good head on his shoulders come through. And a certain Vigay Singh would fall right into that category. Recovered from injury after the flying form of last season, and now returning to form once again, the level headed scrambler is a great ante post price of 50/1
If you're looking for a massive price outsider, look no further than his namesake - Jeev Milkha. A top top quality player with everything needed to win a major and just hitting top form now, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him making a run at the title.
-0.75pts E/W Vijay Singh @ 50/1 places 1-6(boylesports) Big hitter, top shot maker and scrambler may challenge hard
-0.5pts E/W Jeev Milkha Sing @ 150/1 places 1-6(paddypower) just coming into top form and has everything needed to bag a major
-0.5pts E/W Sergio Garcia @ 45/1 (skybet) No better player from tee to green in world golf and a great display last time the US Open was held at Bethpage
0.75pts E/W Zach Johnson @ 60/1 places 1-6 (paddypower) Massive price for probably the best player on the PGA Tour this year and with an extra place as well. The thinking must be that his lack of length off the tee will cause problems but don't be fooled, he's actually added 10 yards this season and if he plays well, his game will cope pretty well with the course set up
-0.5pts E/W Charlie Wi @ 300/1 places 1-6(paddypower) , 1 of the most ridiculous prices I've seen all year. Wi is ranked 3rd on the PGA Tour in all round ranking(the key stat for this tournament)
-0.75pts E/W Stewart Cink @ 80/1 places 1-6 (stanjames, Boylesports) Coming off the back of an 8th place finish the other week and the type of name to always look out for in a major
-1.5pts Graeme McDowell top 10 finish @ 14/1 (william hill) Almost double the price of other firms and off the back of a great finish - confidence high and streaky player
-1.5pts Robert Allenby top 10 finish @ 9/1 (stanjames) Steady Eddie showing signs of top form last week. Had the putter working pretty well and from tee to green he has the perfect game for this course
-1.5pts Stephen Ames top 20 finish @ 5/1 (stanjames) Enigma is often afeature on the leaderboard in majors
-10pts(lay) Tiger Woods top 10 finish @ 1.25(exchanges) liability = 2.5pts, If he struggles to hit the fairways, top 10 will be difficult never mind the win. Little risk/high gain.
Last edited @ 16.12pm 16th june 2009