Golf tips: Here’s 5 to thrive at this week’s US Open

The third major of the season tees off on Thursday and Martin Mathews fancies Jordan Spieth to fly high in the City of Angels.

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US Open Betting Tips

Paddy Power is paying out on the Top 10 places

Jordan Spieth
Max Homa
Justin Rose
Corey Conners
Kurt Kitayama

  • All each-way selections

It is barely four weeks since Brooks Koepka landed a nice winner for us at the PGA Championship, however with news emerging of the PGA Tour and those behind LIV Golf ending hostilities, the golfing landscape will feel monumentally different as the world’s best roll in to Los Angeles this week for the year’s third Major, The US Open.

This week though the hope is this narrative can take a back seat and instead we can focus on what promises to be a fantastic test of golf at Los Angeles CC.

A par 70 featuring three par fives and five par threes measuring 7400 yards, the track was originally designed by George Thomas who is also responsible for nearby Riviera, the host of the Genesis Invitational. 

With wider than average cambering fairways and plenty of blind shots in to severely undulating greens, the key to the LACC would appear to be positioning your tee ball so as to have the right angles in for approach. Add that to the fact that the course is set to play firm and fast and I expect strategists and creative players to win out over the ‘bombers’. 

So let’s take a look at the market leaders.

The world number one Scottie Scheffler arrives in LA leading the tour in all departments from tee to green. The problem for the Texan though is the putter, which cost him over eight shots last time out at the Memorial. If Scheffler’s long game continues as it is, an average putting performance should see him win. I am not inclined to take short odds to find out if this is that week.

With Jon Rahm seemingly suffering a post Masters lull and Rory McIlroy now nine years winless in the biggest of events it is ‘Major behemoth’ Brooks Koepka who has understandably muscled his way into the top three of the betting. With his odds now all but halved though from the PGA I will warily pass him by.

Viktor Hovland’s credentials are obvious, however he faces the tough challenge of trying to win back-to-back so instead I will head further down the board and start our team with…

1. Jordan Spieth

Last time out at Memorial, Spieth put a recent wrist injury behind him to produce a superb tee-to-green performance ranking fourth in this department and second in Driving Accuracy, on his way to fifth place. Yet to win this year the three-time Major champion has been knocking on the door with six top six finishes.

With the layout seemingly having an element of Augusta with its severe undulations and the need for a ‘second shot strategy’ and ‘touch’ around the greens this looks the perfect mix for the Texan and I am happy to take him at the current odds.

Max Homa

2. Max Homa

The Californian duo of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay will I’m sure be popular, however it is another Californian at bigger odds, Max Homa, who I simply can’t ignore. A winner this year at Torrey Pines Homa now has four victories in his home state including at Riviera. Add in the fact that he holds the course record at LACC and there is no doubt he will have been targeting this Major for a long while.

We saw last year with Matt Fitzpatrick at Brookline that sometimes the obvious narrative is the right one and having posted a top ten last time out at Colonial, Homa appears to be peaking again at just the right time.

3. Justin Rose

Justin Rose rewarded us each-way at the PGA and I am happy to persist with him as he continues to produce some great stuff. The Englishman was in the thick of things again in Canada last week and I expect the one-time US Open Champion’s strong tee-to-green game to be ideal for this test.

4. Corey Conners

Another who flourishes with his approach play and his strong record at Augusta where he has three top 10’S catch my eye in relation to the type of second-shot test I expect this week. The Canadian was in the mix at last month’s PGA before fading on Sunday and it may just be that he can ride the inspiration of Nick Taylor’s home win in Canada at tthe weekend to a big week here.

5. Kurt Kitayama

A winner at Bay Hill earlier this year, Kitayama is one of those gritty players where the end product is greater than the sum of the parts.

As he showed at Bay Hill he is at his best on tough set-ups with a bit of room off the tee and having delivered a fourth place finish at the PGA, it is not beyond the Californian native to make the frame again in an event, especially with Paddy Power paying to 10 each-way places before Thursday’s tee off.

US Open Betting Tips

Paddy Power is paying out on the Top 10 places

Jordan Spieth
Max Homa
Justin Rose
Corey Conners
Kurt Kitayama

  • All each-way selections

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