GOLF BETTING: US OPEN PICKS

Share The US Open, 2nd of this year's golf majors is upon us in what will be a great week of sport and prices are being cut fast - the reason why this post is a little earlier than usual. Some firms will be paying 6 places if you want to be patient but you may be better off taking the early prices....

The US Open will set up differently to most majors in that it will play very short. The Pebble Beach course will only just play over 7,000 yards and that means the 'bombers' won't have the usual advantage this time round. Woods and Mickelson head the betting as per usual but with the rough set to be unbelievably tough and thick from what I've heard, I'll be avoiding any players that are errant off the tee.

The Pebble Beach Course
The course itself holds an annual event (along with other courses) in the form of the AT&T Pro am but it will be a totally different ball game this time with the way they will have it set up. Word around the golfing world is that this will be some of the hardest rough to play from in recent times, both along the fairways and around the greens. Add to that the likely windy weather and even though the course is short, a severe test is in store and from what I hear, it's going to be very tough to score under par over 4 rounds. All these factors lead me towards the shorter more accurate hitters for my US Open betting Picks. 'Fairways and greens' is the way to go for this year's 2nd major.

US Open Selections Offering Value (Some firms will be offering 6 places)

Pick 1: Lee Westwood E/W 14/1 (general) 14/1 may not look like value to some but for me, he should be installed as favourite ahead of Woods and Mickelson. Currently he is building up well by contending in Memphis and his driving ability will be key round this track

Pick 2: Luke Donald E/W @ 40/1 (general) Donald has been playing some superb golf over in Europe recently and I've been monitoring him closely. He rarely makes a mistake, hitting most fairways and greens and he's 1 of the very best putters there are across both tours.

Pick 3: Steve Stricker E/W @ 33/1 (general) Showing signs of a return to form after injury and 33/1 is a price I just have to take here on a player of Stricker's quality.

Pick 4: Jim Fuyrk E/W @ 33/1 (general) Playing some top stuff this year and a recent winner. If it's fairways and greens you're after, Fuyrk's your man. More than competent all round game and his experience could be big advantage.

Pick 5: Dustin Johnson E/W @ 40/1 (general) The course set up as mentioned will be different but I still can't ignore Johnson's form on this course. He bagged Nic's Picks a 25/1 winner here earlier in the year and not many know their way around the course more.

If you're betting Top 10's in the golf, you'll generally get best prices at Betfair or Extrabet (who pay out in full for ties).

Sleeper(one to watch)
Will be very much under the radar next week but followers of the European Golf Tour will know all about Rhys Davies and what a player he will most probably become. I havn't seen a putter like him since Tiger Woods and he has an old head on young shoulders. Currently 150/1 in some books and you should get great prices on Top 10's and 20's come Tuesday.


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