Phil Mickleson has had a really rough ride in US Open having been runner-up an incredible six times and looking the most likely winner in-running on several of those occasions, nobody would begrudge him the victory on Sunday that would complete his full house of majors following his triumph in last year’s Open Championship. I have fancied Phil all year for this and think he looks an outstanding bet at 20/1 to complete the fairytale.
It is no surprise to see Rory Mcllroy as market leader and the 12/1 about the 2011 Champion is more than fair. He showed huge character to win last month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and on his day is currently the most exciting player in the world while Tiger Woods, the only player in the top 60 not playing at Pinehurst, is injured.
Bubba Watson has been well backed to follow his Masters win at Augusta but at 18/1 is not over appealing while there has also been strong support into 14/1 for Adam Scott, winner of the Colonial.
Martin Kaymer will be a popular each way bet at 40/1 following his success when returning to form in the Players Championship at Sawgrass. Sergio Garcia is also one for the short list at 35/1 and has some decent course form to go with some fine play this season having finished third here in 2005.
Elsewhere, Jason Dufner looks a decent outsider at 50/1 with several bookies offering six places for each-way backers and Hideki Matsuyama, who won the Memorial tournament last month is maybe a forgotton 50/1 chance having finished tenth in his only US Open start last year. He looks a sporting bet at 4/1 for a top ten finish here.
Meanwhile, this could be an ideal event for Kevin Na, who Matsuyama beat in a crazy play-off after a day of high drama at Muirfield Village. Na has a decent draw and a far better chance than his odds of 125/1 suggest and looks a real value play at 10/1 for top 10 finish in North Carolina.
It promises to be an exciting week’s Golf and there’s extensive Sky Sports coverage for those wanting to escape The World Cup. It could however, be a long one too as thunder and lightening mighth disrupt proceedings just like it did when England’s footballers took on Honduras in Miami last Saturday.