Golf: US Open
Venue: Torrey Pines, San Diego, California.
Dates: Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th June 2021
The third major of the year gets underway in California as the US Open takes centre stage at Torrey Pines. It was one of the events to be shifted due to COVID 19 in 2020 but it looks to be back with a bang in 2021. Clinching a major championship always captures the imagination of golfers across the world and the USPGA has one of the most decorated winning alumni in golfing history. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Ernie Els have all triumphed at this event more than once and with over $2 million up for grabs for the winner in 2021, it promises to be a memorable weekend of golf in the Californian sunshine.
Picking a winner from the vast field assembled at Torrey Pines could be somewhat of a lottery but here are our top 5 selections with BetXChange:-
Spaniard Jon Rahm has been the model of consistency on the PGA Tour for the past few seasons and he looks to be one of the men capable winning his maiden Major title this weekend.
American Xander Schauffele has been knocking at the door at the top of the world game for a while and he is looking to open his major account come Sunday afternoon.
Defending US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is the most talked about player on the PGA Tour and his big hitting could rip up the Torrey Pines course.
World number one Dustin Johnson hasn’t been in the best form this season and has a few fitness issues, but he is a quality operator, and he could come good again this week.
As a previous winner of this event Rory McIlroy, is one of the favourites here in California this week, coming off the back of a good couple of months on the PGA Tour, he looks a justified pick.
1st Round Leader
Major Championship golf never fails to provide drama and this year’s US Open promises to be no different.
Here are three punts at 1st round leader after Thursday’s action:-
Having found form earlier this year by winning the Texas Open, Jordan Spieth could be the man to watch from the off here – at an event he has won before.
Emerging Norwegian Viktor Hovland will be hoping to pick up a maiden major title this week and he looks to be in the form of his career so far.
Englishman Paul Casey is a big tournament player and his history of top 10 finishes at majors make him a candidate from the outset here.
Top 10 Finish
Going deep in a major is deemed as the ultimate test for any golfer and there are plenty of players that have had experience at going the distance in this year’s US Open field:-
Two time US Open winner Brooks Koepka looks to be a man returning to his prime on the tour and he will be looking to be well in the mix come Sunday afternoon.
‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed is always up for the battle in the big events, and he could be a player that goes under the radar in California this weekend.
Few players enjoy the level of consistency Tony Finau shows on the PGA Tour and he will be eager to show what he can do in a packed field at Torrey Pines this week.
2021 US Open BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Jon Rahm – 10.00
1st Round Leader: Viktor Hovland – 35.00
Top Ten Finish: Tony Finau – 2.50