U.S. Open: PGA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/18/15
U.S. Open: Prediction, Odds, Pick
Masters: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Chambers Bay)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1, FOX
We’ve finally made it to one of the top golfing tournaments of the year, as the U.S. Open will tee off this week. One of the stronger fields of the season, we’re sure to get plenty of bang for our buck and a chance to really make some big boy money.
But enough talking, let’s list some of the golfers you should include on this week’s card.
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Jimmy Walker - Starting with a solid long shot with Jimmy Walker, who you can currently get with odds of +3300. Walker is coming off a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson and has six top-10 finishes in 16 appearances this season. Walker is first in putting strokes gained and third in birdie average. Walker doesn’t have a ton of U.S. Open experience, but he did place ninth in last year’s tournament at Pinehurst. Walker has been really consistent this year and enters in quality form. Walker should be one of the first golfers you include on your card.
Jason Day - We’re getting Jason Day with low odds probably because he’s failed to make the cut in his last two events. However, we are talking about a golfer who has four top-10 finishes in 11 appearances this season, which includes a victory at the Farmers Insurance. Day is first in birdie average and sixth in driving distance, two stats that should come in handy this week. Another reason to love Day this week is the fact he’s made the cut in all four of his U.S. Open appearances and finished in the top-five three of those times. Odds of +2500 sounds mighty tasty to me.
Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama is coming off a top-five finish at the Memorial Tournament and has finished in the top-10 in 50 percent of his events this season. Matsuyama has also missed the cut in just 16 events played, which has to count for something. Matsuyama is fifth in total strokes gained and third in ball striking. Matsuyama has played in just two U.S. Opens, which includes a top-10 finish in 2013. The lack of experience in this tournament may be the reason you can get Matsuyama with odds of +2800. But that just means more money for us.
Justin Rose - Justin Rose would be my overall pick to win this tournament, as he won the event in 2013 and heads into it this year in great form. Rose has made the cut five times in nine events and has three top-10 finishes. Rose finished second in the Memorial Tournament and has three top-10 finishes 11 events played. Rose is second in birdie average and 12 in all-around ranking. You can have Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as the overall favorites, I’ll take my chances with Rose with odds of +1600.
Tiger Woods - We’ve been walking a slippery slope with Tiger Woods for a while now. Is he finally returning to form after decent performances at the World Challenge and Masters? Is he ever going to fully become the Tiger of old or will he continue to be a mixed bag, which includes missing the cut and then blaming injuries for his failures? Either way, Tiger has had plenty of time to get his form and his mind right, and he’s proven he can still compete at a high level when 100 percent in a tournament. Also, Tiger has 14 top-25 finishes in 18 U.S. Open appearances, which has to count for something. I’ll take a shot with Tiger at odds of +4000 for old time's sake.