US Open betting tips: Rahm favourite to tame Torrey Pines
The US Open returns to Torrey Pines this week for the first time since 2008 when Tiger Woods remarkably beat Rocco Mediate in sudden-death despite a double stress fracture in his leg.
Woods is absent at one of his favourite courses as he continues his rehabilitation from the car crash which left him with serious leg, foot and ankle injuries.
After two negative test in a 24 hour span and being cleared by health officials, it’s time to get ready for the US Open. Vamos!! pic.twitter.com/RmB7MGl0SA
— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) June 12, 2021
There will be plenty of interest on 9/1 favourite Jon Rahm to win a first major despite having pulled out at the halfway stage of the Memorial Tournament with Covid two weeks ago while holding a six-shot lead. He has been given the all-clear to return.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau loves Torrey Pines – although two missed cuts here shows the appreciation is not a two-way street – and is 14/1 co-favourite with two-time champion Brooks Koepka and world number one Dustin Johnson.
Let’s take a look at some of the contenders to win on the South Course as part of our US Open betting tips.
Tough coastal test awaits
Torrey Pines’ South Course is as tough as it gets and in true USGA fashion this lengthy coastal track will be made even more difficult come Thursday when players will be confronted by thick rough, tiny, firm greens and hard-to-find fairways.
Two consecutive holes on @GolfTorrey's back 9 are prime examples of the South Course's difficulty and character.@ScottWalkeronTV takes a closer look at Nos. 11 & 12 in this #USOpen Course Insights in collaboration with @DeloitteUS. pic.twitter.com/lrosVDAXXP
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2021
This venue is used for three of the four rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open which plays as a par-72 but the USGA has transformed it into an eye-watering 7,685-yard par-71 to fit in with its policy of a winning score close to level par.
Koepka can shine in San Diego
When it comes to winning US Opens, there is no-one better than Koepka who won back-to-back majors at Erin Hills and Shinnecock Hills in 2017 and 2018 which he followed with a tie for second at Pebble Beach a year later just as he was at last month’s USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
The American was absent from last year’s major with a wrist injury and although he missed the cut at last week’s Palmetto Championship, he later revealed his mind was focused on San Diego.
Torrey Pines used to be a racecourse?
Nine fun facts about Torrey Pines South ahead of this week's U.S. Open.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 14, 2021
He said: “My game’s in good shape. I know my score doesn’t reflect it. I like where it’s at. I feel even better than where I was going into the PGA. I’m pretty pleased, pretty happy.
“I like the way I’m striking the ball. I like the way I’m putting the ball, too. I like where I’m at. I’ll take it to next week.”
Koepka, like his arch enemy DeChambeau, does not have a great record here but he loves a US Open challenge.
No fears for Finau
One player who does like Torrey Pines and has the results to back it up is Tony Finau, who has finished in the top six in four of his seven visits and has never been outside the top 25.
The laid-back 31-year-old from Salt Lake City has won just one professional title but has plenty of runner-up finishes to his name, including the Farmers Insurance Open six months ago when he ended five shots behind Patrick Reed.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2021
Schauffele savours major tests
Xander Schauffele has incredibly finished in the top 10 in eight of his 16 major appearances and his record at the US Open reads 5-6-3-5.
With Ladbrokes offering eight each-way places, the San Diego-born player looks an interesting option at 16/1 to win at his home track where he was runner-up in January.
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) June 6, 2021
Of the European contingent, Shane Lowry, sixth at The Memorial Tournament, catches the eye at 40/1 having finished fourth at the USPGA Championship after which he said he was getting close to his “A game”.
He has twice carded final-round 68s on the South Course so it’s a venue that holds no fears for the genial Irishman.
Rory McIlroy (16/1), Collin Morikawa (16/1) and Adam Scott (55/1) also have excellent records at Torrey Pines, with the American having finished second at the Memorial a fortnight ago.
US Open Info
Where: Torrey Pines, San Diego
When: Thursday 17th June-Sunday 20th June
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication