Just two weeks after the finale of the FedEx Cup, the rearranged 2020 US Open is upon us, as the world’s best golfers embark on New York for arguably the toughest test in golf. Andrew Delaney provides a preview of the action to come at Winged Foot Golf Club and tips on where your money should go this week.
The US Open field:
Usually, half the field would have to qualify, however, due to the temporary break throughout lockdown, they selected the entire field in line with a whopping 27 different criteria to make up the reduced 144-strong field.
What competition is it?
The US Open major golf championship
What day does the US Open start?
Thursday 17th September 2020
Where is the US Open being played?
Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA.
What channel is the US Open on?
Sky Sports Main Event/Golf
Looking ahead to the 2020 US Open:
With the 2019-20 PGA Tour season now completed after Dustin Johnson’s win at the TOUR Championship, and the 2020-21 campaign in full swing, it is strange that we’ve got not just one, but two major championships round the corner this autumn, with the Masters at Augusta still to come and the US Open starting this week.
The rearranged US Open, usually scheduled in June, heads to New York as the toughest test in golf returns to one of the most difficult courses in the rotation, Winged Foot Golf Club. They have renovated it since we were last here for Aussie Geoff Ogilvy’s victory in 2006, but expect to see very different scores to those seen at The Northern Trust recently, for example, where Dustin Johnson won with a remarkable score of -30.
This course has seen two of three highest ever winning scores at a major championship in the modern era. Ogilvy’s win in 2006 saw him shoot +5 on a dramatic last round in which Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie both double-bogeyed the 18th hole to hand the title to Ogilvy. While ‘The Massacre of Winged Foot’ in 1974, dubbed this because of the brutal scoring conditions that week, was won by Hale Irwin at +7 as just 25 players shot under 300 (+20).
2017 and 2018 champion Brooks Koepka has pulled out because of injury after also failing to qualify for the latter tournaments in the FedEx Cup, but reigning champion Gary Woodland will look to defend his title and is backed at odds of 66/1 with Mark Jarvis. Unsurprisingly, Dustin Johnson is the big favourite at 8/1, with other former major winners Justin Thomas at 12/1 and Collin Morikawa at 18/1 after taking home the year’s first major at TPC Harding Park at the USPGA Championship.
DJ crowned golfer of the year at East Lake:
World Number One Dustin Johnson made his pre-tournament two-stroke advantage count as he led all the way and took home the TOUR Championship title along with a very healthy $15m bonus, winning by three strokes ahead of Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
A moment to forget for Rory:
The 2016 and 2019 FedEx Cup champion Rory McIlroy was left embarrassed during his second round on the Par 5 18th, with what looked like a slightly challenging second shot from the rough, he topped it horribly, sending it into the water just metres in front of him, as he bogeyed the hole and finish the round at one-over. He recovered however to finish T-8 at -11 and will go to Winged Foot as one favourite.
McIlroy is backed at odds of 9/4 with Mark Jarvis to finish as Top player from GB + Ireland this week.
Opened in 1923, renovated in 2015.
9th: Par 4/5 – 514 yards – One of the longest Par 4 holes in golf, converted into a Par 5 for the 2020 US Open.
12th: Par 5 – 640 yards – 6th longest hole in major championship history.
18th: Par 4 – 469 yards – Dogleg-left hole with severe slopes on the green, expect high scores here.
History of the US Open:
US Open Defending Champion:
Gary Woodland won the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach shooting a score of 13-under-par.
US Open Previous Champions:
2019 – Gary Woodland by three strokes
2018 – Brooks Koepka by one stroke
2017 – Brooks Koepka by four strokes
2016 – Dustin Johnson by three strokes
2015 – Jordan Spieth by one stroke
US Open Featured Groups:
- Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth
- Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Justin Rose
- Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Tony Finau
Andrew’s Betting Tips:
After a dramatic win at the BMW Championship over Dustin Johnson and a 4th place finish at the TOUR Championship, Jon Rahm has been in brilliant form coming into the US Open, a tournament he finished T3 in last year. With only a few established Spanish players in the field, we are backing the world number two to finish as the Top Spaniard at odds of 4/11.
Xander Schauffele has broken on to the scene and already established himself as one of the best golfers in the world at the age of just 26 and while he is still waiting for his first major win, his record in them is excellent, with 6 Top 10 finishes already in his relatively short career as well as a 2nd-place tie at the TOUR Championship two weeks ago. He is priced at 8/5 to finish in the Top 10 this week.
Tony Finau has became infamous for being golf’s nearly man in recent years, especially at major championships, in which he has finished in the Top 10 in six of his last nine majors, winning none of them. Mark Jarvis are paying EIGHT places this week and an each way punt may be very worthwhile for a man who consistently puts himself in contention at the top of the leaderboard. Even though he’s not a serial winner, it’s hard to look past him E/W at 28/1 with Mark Jarvis, thanks to his regular high finishes.
*Odds as of time of writing (Tuesday 15th September 2020) and subject to change
**E/W terms – paying eight places on Outright Winner market at one fifth odds
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