2021 U.S. Open
June 17, 2021 9:45 am EDT
This week, the PGA Tour travels to the state of California for the 2021 U.S. Open.
Before I dive into my favorite golf bets for this week’s major championship let’s take a look at the golf course the field will play and some additional facts that I feel are relevant to those that will be placing wagers on the 2021 U.S. Open.
The 2021 U.S. Open will be played at Torrey Pines (South Course) in La Jolla, California. The Torrey Pines South course is a par 71 that measures 7,685 yards. This track is a coastal golf course that features 82 bunkers that are strategically placed throughout the course. The field will also be presented with tight narrow fairways that will demand accuracy off the tee. By the way, the South course is the longest course that will be played on the PGA Tour schedule this year. What does that mean to the golf bettor this week? It means driving distance is a highly important statistic for you to focus on as you evaluate golfers for potential wagers this week.
Torrey Pines has hosted the Farmers Insurance Open for several years. It should be noted that the Torrey Pines North course is utilized for one of the four competitive rounds at the Farmers insurance Open. Keep that in mind if you are evaluating previous player statistics and results from the Farmers Insurance Open.
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The Torrey Pines South Course hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods was tied with Rocco Mediate after four rounds of competitive play. Woods went on to defeat Mediate in an 18 hole playoff.
Now that we have covered the specifics regarding the golf course the field will play and a few key facts regarding this week’s host course, let’s shift our focus to my favorite golf bets for the 2021 U.S. Open.
Here are two golfers to consider placing on your card to finish in the top five.
Brooks Koepka +400
Yes, I know that Koepka missed the cut at last week’s Palmetto Championship. I am not concerned. Why? Well, that is just what Brooks does in regular Tour events. However, when it comes to major championships, Brooks Koepka has been an animal from a betting perspective. Let me explain. Since the beginning of 2016, Brooks Koepka has played 18 major championships on the PGA Tour. In those 18 major championships just mentioned, Koepka has an impressive 14 top 13 finishes. Of those top 13 finishes just noted, 11 were top seven finishes, including four major championship wins!
Patrick Reed +500
In my opinion, Patrick Reed has demonstrated by his results this year that he can contend for a U.S. Open championship this weekend. Since the beginning of January, Reed has played 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour. In those 11 events just mentioned, Reed has eight top 28 finishes, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in February. I fully expect to see Patrick Reed’s name near the top of the leaderboard this Sunday afternoon.
Here is a golfer to consider placing on your card to finish in the top 20.
Webb Simpson +250
The 2012 U.S. Open champion has played quality golf at major championships for several years. Let me be more specific. Since the beginning of 2018, Webb Simpson has played 13 consecutive major championships on the PGA Tour. In those 13 major championships just mentioned, Simpson has accumulated nine top 20 finishes, including a fifth place result at the 2019 Masters Tournament. It should also be noted that of the 13 tournaments I just made reference to, Simpson finished no worse than 30th in any of them.
Simpson also checks the box for me when it comes to current form. Simpson has two top 12 finishes in his last three tournaments played on the PGA Tour, including a ninth place result at the RBC Heritage in April.