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With the LIV golf series getting underway It has undoubtedly been one of the most tumultuous weeks the world of professional golf has seen in a very long time.
For this week though at least, while the LIV rumblings will no doubt continue, the world’s best, including the defectors who had already qualified, will tee it up in pursuit of one of the games oldest trophies, The US Open.
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As a reminder of the history LIV can’t replicate, the host course this week, the Country Club at Brookline on the outskirts of Boston, first hosted this event in 1913 and most recently in 1988.
A tree lined par 70 measuring just over 7250 yards, the Country Club will provide an old school US Open type test with tee to green play key.
The course features thick rough off the fairways and smaller than average sloping greens, which are again surrounded by thick rough to catch errant approach shots.
So let’s take a look at the market leaders and heading up the betting fresh from his victory in Canada at the weekend is Rory McIlroy. McIlroy has frustrated in the years opening two Majors, firstly coming up just short at Augusta after a really slow start and then at Southern Hills after putting himself in a great position.
The question then is will the confidence gained in Canada lead to him putting four rounds together in a Major this week for the first time in eight years? While the answer could well be a ‘yes’ I am not 100% convinced. There were still signs of frailty down the stretch in Canada and I will pass him by.
US Open 2022
Thursday 16th-Sunday 19th June
TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf
The man I will turn to start off our team though is the man McIlroy just saw off in Canada and who sits just behind him in the betting, JUSTIN THOMAS.
Thomas – who landed the PGA Championship recently – appears, judging by his performance in Canada, to have got right back on the horse.
There really was very little between him and McIlroy and having ranked first off the tee for the week and second from tee to green his trademark long game, which should be perfect for this test, appears to be in great shape.
There have been plenty examples over the years of players bagging two Majors in a short space of time and at a couple of points bigger than McIlroy I am happy to be on board with the 29yr old to do just that this week.
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With Scheffler having started to cool off a fraction, Rahm still off key and Cam Smith also having cooled off, I will turn next to WILL ZALATORIS who’s credentials I find it impossible to ignore this week.
Zalatoris leads the tour in approach play so his long game should be perfect for this week and having finished in the top eight in five of the last seven Majors he has played in, he clearly has the big time temperament needed. Last month at the PGA Championship he narrowly lost out to Justin Thomas in a play-off and even though he is yet to win on the PGA Tour he looks perfectly capable of going one better this time.
Heading further down the betting and another who appeals to me is JOAQUIN NIEMANN. Niemann whose fellow countryman Mito Pereira so nearly triumphed at Southern Hills is another who looks to have the perfect long game for this week. Eighth on tour from tee to green, the Chilean really caught the eye at the Memorial when finishing third last time out I can see him making a big splash this week.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD meanwhile has quietly turned his game around of late and having followed a 14th at Augusta with a fifth at the PGA recently he looks primed for another big Major run in an event, which he already has two top five’s in to his name.
Finally in an event, which has seen plenty of players make the frame at huge odds over the years, I will roll the dice on DANNY LEE. The hugely talented Lee who won on the European Tour as an amateur is something of an enigma.
Of late the one time PGA Tour winner has been struggling once again however he followed up qualifying for this event last Monday with a really strong tenth place in Canada where his iron play was firing. A player to catch when ‘hot’ who is at his best on par 70s I am happy to risk him here to nick a place at huge odds.
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