US Open Golf Betting Preview 13/06/2019

Just three weeks after Brooks Koepka won back to back US PGA Championship titles the world’s number one golfer is looking to go one better by claiming a hat-trick of US Open wins.

Koepka has been the dominant force in golf’s major championships of late having won four of the last seven but he’ll need to be at his very best to triumph at the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Pebble Beach is celebrating its 100th anniversary by hosting the US Open for the sixth time. The last two men to win at the world famous coastal links, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods, are both in the field alongside the very best golfers in the world.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Tiger Woods has long said that you cannot win a major championship on the first day but you can lose one. He sets out with the mindset of making no mistakes during the first round of the biggest tournaments, almost viewing birdies as a bonus.

That’s the mentality Woods will take to the first tee on Thursday, almost ignoring flags and playing to the heart of the greens, but he’ll have no trouble making aggressive putting strokes to try and pick up birdies as and when the opportunity presents itself. He certainly took his chances during the first round 19 years ago, shooting a round of 65 (-6 par) to give himself a one shot lead.

He stuck with the plan from then on as the opposition melted away, providing a blueprint for how to play Pebble Beach. Even the most exciting golfers in the field will have to learn from Woods’ lesson if they are to contend for the US Open come Sunday.

The USGA have set the course up to be as tough as ever so anybody taking an overly aggressive approach will surely rack up too many bogeys to have any chance of winning. Hitting fairways and greens along with the ability to scramble for par when necessary will be the hallmark of the 2019 US Open champion.

Spieth Ready to Win Again

Jordan Spieth knows more about Pebble Beach than most players in the field this week. He plays in the AT&T Pro-Am every year at which two rounds are played at the historic links. Indeed, Spieth is a former winner of that tournament which is just part of some impressive course form even if the setup will be very different this week.

A tougher than usual Pebble Beach should actually help rather than hinder Spieth’s chances of victory this week. He has finally rediscovered his ball striking, short game skills and putting confidence after an extended period of struggle and although he still has issues with his driver, it’s not a club he’ll be forced to hit too often this week.

Pebble Beach allows Spieth to concentrate on the things that he does best. With his confidence returning as his world ranking improves, Spieth is ready to win a fourth major championship at biggest odds of 20/1 with bet365.

Can Mickelson Complete the Grand Slam?

Phil Mickelson has done most things in an illustrious careers but the US Open has so far eluded him. The popular American has finished second in the tournament an agonising six times which is just one reason why he will get so much support from the galleries at Pebble Beach this week.

All those near misses would be worth it for Mickelson were he to finally win the US Open at Pebble Beach. He certainly knows what it feels like to win in front of his fellow Californians as he is a four time winner of the AT&T Pro-Am four including this season.

He’s another who will need to be very careful with his play off the tee and his aggressive tendencies are a worry. However, he needs no lessons on the correct strategy for Pebble Beach and is one of the best golfers of all time when it comes to escaping trouble. Expect plenty of drama and moments of short game magic as he contends on Sunday at a generous price of 55/1 with Unibet.

Betting Tips

Jordan Spieth to win at 20/1 with bet365

Phil Mickelson each way at 55/1 with Unibet

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