Golf Tips: Aaron Wise a savvy 66/1 punt for US Open First Round Leader

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With our outright bets all locked in for the US Open, it’s time to turn our attention to the wide range of ‘speciality’ markets which Paddy have made available for us, starting with a look at the First Round Leader.

2022 US Open
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th June
TV: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf


First Round Leader

Cameron Young

We saw at last month’s US PGA, where both of our First Round Leader picks bagged a share of the place money, what a difference an early tee time can make if the wind is due to pick up over the day.

With Thursday’s forecast showing that could again happen here, I will focus on the early starters once more, beginning with CAMERON YOUNG who heads out at 8.02 am Local Time off the first tee.

Young has proved to be a revelation on the PGA Tour in his rookie season and with five top-six finishes to his name already it is only a matter of time until he breaks through.

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One of those big performances came at last month’s US PGA Championship where Young finished third and there are plenty who think who could go even better this week.

While I personally think that might be a bridge too far for him, another big performance is certainly possible and with a ranking of seventh this season on the PGA Tour in round one scoring, if he is to go well it will most likely come courtesy of a fast start.

Young hails originally from the New York area so he should certainly feel right at home in the North East and I am happy to side with him to get out of the gates quickly.

Aaron Wise

Alongside Young I will play AARON WISE who also heads out at 8.02AM local time but off the tenth tee.

The 25-year-old has been enjoying something of a renaissance this season, currently ranked 30th in the Fedex Cup, and his strong approach game should serve him in good stead here.

Wise also ranks high on the day one scoring averages this season, tied with Young in seventh.

Looking at Wise’s recent day one efforts and he has only failed to break 70 on two of his last eight Thursdays and off the back of a runner up finish last time out at the Memorial I envisage another strong opening day effort from him here.

Top LIV Golfer

Patrick Reed

Moving on and Paddy have done us proud in pricing up a market I was hoping to see, that of Top LIV Golfer, and the man I am keen on here is PATRICK REED.

Whatever your views may be on the LIV series, I am quite sure that some of the vociferous local fans will let the players know theirs this week, and Reed, the type of character who often revels in an atmosphere of adversity, may well handle it better than most. 

Dustin Johnson

DUSTIN JOHNSON, understandably the favourite here, has, like the others ahead of Reed in this market, arrived straight off the plane from England, while Reed had the benefit of a week off.

With his form coming around nicely of late and his strong record in this part of the world, the 2018 Masters Champion makes plenty of appeal in a market where Paddy are offering three each way places.

Top South Korean: Sungjae Im

Next up, I am happy to take the short odds on SUNGJAE IM in the top South Korean market. Since missing last month’s PGA after being stranded overseas following a positive Covid test, Im has played very nicely to finish 15th and tenth, while finishes of 22nd and 35th in the last two US Opens show he that he is comfortable in this type of test.

Contrastingly, his main rival, Si Woo Kim, who is known to blow a bit hot headed, has struggled in this event missing three cuts over the past four years.  

With KH Lee, who has missed the cut in three previous US Open starts, going off the boil since he defended his Byron Nelson title and Joohyung Kim getting his first taste of a US Open, this appears a two horse race and Im is the play for me.

Top 40 Finish: Beau Hossler

Finally let’s take a chance that the talented BEAU HOSSLER can continue his recent run of solid form and post a Top 40 Finish.

Hossler who memorably lead the US Open as a 17-year-old, hasn’t to date had the professional career that many thought he would do. At 27 years old, though, he still has plenty of time on his side and having produced his most consistent form this year for several seasons I expect him to enjoy his return to the big stage this week.

US Open golf tips

First Round Leader: Cameron Young & Aaron Wise
Top LIV Golfer: Patrick Reed & Dustin Johnson
Top South Korean: Sungjae Im
Top 40 Finish: Beau Hossler

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