Golf Tips: 8 great punts from Paddy’s trader and Ben Coley for the 2022 US Open

Sporting Life's Ben Coley and Paddy's golf trader Iain McLaughlin set you up for the weekend.

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US Open Outright Winner

Ben: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay

I’ll give you Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay as my shorter priced outright picks. Both of these two will be disappointed with how they’ve played in the majors so far this year.

These were the two best players in the world in 2021 and neither have made an impact this year yet. They’ve had excuses and both can go well here, certainly they’ve got the game.

I think driving the ball will be particularly important this week and while it’s great hitting it a long way there’s got to be a degree of accuracy here as well. That suits both of these players.

I think we’re in for a slight change from the last couple of years but no change to the champion. Hopefully Jon Rahm can defend his title.

Iain: Sung Jae Im, Billy Horschel

I’ll slightly move away from the top of the market and my first is Sung Jae Im. He missed the PGA Championship due to a positive Covid test but since his return he’s shown no ill effects.

As Ben mentioned, your tee-to-green ball striking needs to be on point this weekend and he’s been excellent recently in that regard. His recent US Open record is fine as well, he was 22nd in 2020 and 35th in 2021. I think he can go close this week.

The second is Billy Horschel, the man in form at the moment. He’s coming into this weekend off the back of an excellent win at the Memorial Tournament. He’s an all-round excellent ball striker and should relish the test from tee to green. I think he’s close to breaking his Major maiden tag and I think he can do it this week.

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Ben: Max Homa, Ryan Fox

My two are contrasting prices but both are backable each-way, they’re Max Homa and Ryan Fox. Homa has been one of the most prolific PGA Tour winners of the last couple of years, he’s got three wins since last February and all of his best form has come in tough conditions.

He went to the US PGA and finally delivered in a Major, finishing 13th place, just outside the places. I think, if anything, he lacks a bit of confidence but I think that taught him that he does belong among the elite.

At a massive price, one of the form players on the DP World Tour this year is Ryan Fox. He could have won three of his last 10 starts. He should have won the Dutch Open, he blew that, he really should have won the Soudal Open and he did win the Ras Al-Khaimah back in February.

He’s been top 15 in every start on the DP Tour since then and the only exception was the US PGA. We’ve seen lots of times that European players can arrive in form and under the radar and go off at the big price and do well.

Iain: Corey Conners, Mito Pereira

I’ve got a few more from the middle of the pack, they’re not quite as adventurous as Ben’s! The first one is Corey Conners and he’s in good form in the last couple of months with a 6th at The Masters. His game is in very good order and we’re looking for his driving accuracy and green ins regulation which will be key.

I think he’s a player for a Major, he’s just really solid, a patient player. He never gets too up or down and just always seems to be hanging around the top 10.

The second is Mito Pereira. We all saw his heartbreaking 72nd hole at the PGA Championship where he had the tournament at his mercy but he didn’t let that disappointment affect him. The next week he was 7th and 13th two weeks ago. He’s a fantastic driver of the ball and his iron play is more than solid. I think he’ll really relish the US Open.

This weekend’s golf tips

Ben Coley
Jon Rahm
Patrick Cantlay
Max Homa (each way)
Ryan Fox (each way)

Iain McLaughlin
Sung Jae Im
Billy Horschel
Corey Conners
Mito Pereira

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