Golf’s third major of the season takes us to San Diego and we have picked out three contenders for punters to consider in our US Open predictions.
Bwin is paying out on eight places in their each-way market as Bryson De Chambeau hopes to emulate rival Brooks Koepka in successfully defending his title at Torrey Pines.
Here are our three off the tee and their US Open odds:
JON RAHM @ 9/1
The Spaniard has been a picture of consistency since he broke onto the professional circuit in 2016 and is the market favourite in San Diego. He has missed only 13 cuts in his career from 121 events, which is remarkable considering the 26-year-old has won 11 times worldwide, finished second on nine occasions, third in six tournaments and recorded a further 36 top-10 placings. Rahm was on the cusp of victory at The Memorial Tournament two weeks ago, leading by six shots after the third round, but was forced to withdraw due to testing positive for coronavirus. He has recovered after self-isolation and will want to make up for lost time. The big-hitter will not be daunted by the 7,802-yard layout in California.
BRYSON DE CHAMBEAU @ 18/1
Talking of big hitters on the PGA Tour, there is no one who can drive it further than the defending champion. De Chambeau averages 322.7 yards off the tee after bulking up during a schedule lockdown in 2020 caused by the global pandemic. He gains the most strokes off the tee on tour, while also third for shots gained from tee-to-green, which will be useful on the long course along the coast of California. The world number five is in the top 50 for shots gained when approaching the green and in the putting ranks, showcasing his all-round ability, and should not be far away if all the components of his game come together.
MARC LEISHMAN @ 66/1
Mexico’s Abraham Ancer came up trumps for us as he clung onto an each-way place as the best US PGA Championship longshot at 50/1 in a tie for eighth and Leishman gets our vote for lively outsider this time around. The 37-year-old has not been in top form in recent weeks, missing three cuts in his last seven events, but did post a top-five finish at the Masters in April. The Australian has an excellent track record at Torrey Pines, winning the Farmers Insurance Open in 2020 – an event where he has also finished as runner-up in 2010 and 2014. His know-how around the brutal course and recent good memories should see him in contention.
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