U.S. Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/16/16
The 2016 U.S. Open
U.S. Open: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Oakmont Country Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: FS1, FOX
With the U.S. Open power rankings out of the way, it’s now time to take a look at some of the dark horses who are worth betting on this weekend. Oakmont Country Club is one of the tougher courses out there, so there is value in betting some long shots.
So, let’s get to it.
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Here are some golfers to consider putting on your card for the 2016 U.S. Open.
Martin Kaymer - Martin Kaymer hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since the Players Championship but has made the cut in six of seven events and has a top-25 finish under his belt. Kaymer usually shows up in bigger events and did win the U.S. Open back in 2014. Also, Kaymer holds the U.S. Open record with the lowest score for 36 holes. I’ll take a stab with Kaymer and odds of +7500 given his history at this event even if his victory came at the Pinehurst Resort.
Phil Mickelson - You know who holds a U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes? You guessed it. Phil Mickelson. Mickelson’s most recent runner-up finish was in 2013. Mickelson heads into this tournament in good form, as he finished 20th in the Memorial Tournament and runner-up at the St. Jude Classic. Mickelson is also sixth in birdie average and first in scoring average. Take a chance with him and odds of +2610.
Jason Dufner - Jason Dufner has been solid as of late, as he’s finished 33rd or better in his last three events, which includes a sixth place finish at the Dean & DeLuca. Dufner has now made the cut in 16 of his 19 events played and has picked up seven top-25 finishes in the process. Dufner is also 10th in greens in regulation percentage and 17th in scoring average. I’ll take a shot in the dark with Dufner and odds of +12500.
Paul Casey - Paul Casey has been a mixed bag recently, as he’s missed the cut in two of his last four events. However, Casey has been gold when he’s made the cut, racking up top-10 finishes in three of his last eight tournaments. Casey has six top-25 finishes 13 events played and three top-10 finishes. Casey has shown the ability to really be in the middle of the pack once he makes the cut and that’s key playing a course that’s so difficult. There’s value with Casey and odds of +8000.
Branden Grace - Is there any golfer who has been hotter than Branden Grace when he actually plays? Grace picked up a victory at the RBC Heritage and a top-10 finish at the Texas Open. Grace has six top-25 finishes in 10 events and three of those have been inside the top-10. Grace is also 19th in sand save percentage and 21st in scoring average. When Grace has played this season, he’s been towards the top of the leaderboard and has given himself a chance to win. Grace and odds of +4800 may be the best value on the entire board this weekend.