Martin Kaymer Tipped To Tame Oakmont Beast And Claim US Open Glory
- 14 Jun 2016
The build-up to any Major Championship is always exciting but that has been even more the case over the past few days with the US Open at Oakmont set to get underway this Thursday. Dubbed the toughest course in America, the best players in the world head to Oakmont knowing they are set for one of the sternest tests in golf with most predicting the winning score to be way over par when all is said and done on Sunday evening. Lightning fast greens are mixed with frighteningly long holes and only those with accuracy and length off the tee will have a chance.
- Angel Cabrera won the US Open the last time it was played at Oakmont back in 20007 with a finishing score of +5
|Thursday 16th June - 11.45am||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
US Open Golf
| Martin Kaymer Each Way
|@ 66 / 1|
|Sergio Garcia Each way||@ 40 / 1||P|
|Phil Mickelson Each Way||@ 28 / 1|
Big Three Dominate the Betting
The so-called big three of golf are sweeping all before them at the moment and all three have a real chance here this week as you would expect. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion and typically comes into this in good form having recently won the Dean and Deluca which would have to give him a chance at 10/1 with Bet 365 which is a fair price given his quality.
The same comments apply to both Rory McIlroy (15/2) and Jason Day (7/1) who are slightly longer off the tee than Spieth which may give them a narrow edge over their American rival. Day is the best player in the world now and will go close as the favourite whilst Mcilroy cruised to victory in the Irish Open last time out and his game should suit Oakmont which means he is our pick of the three.
Dustin and Mickelson Both Of Interest
The test on offer from Oakmont is unique and to be honest it is impossible to ignore the claims of Dustin Johnson (16/1) when you have the course firmly in the front of your mind. The big hitting American has been so close to winning a Major Championship on a number of occasions and although doubts do remain about his mental capacity in the pressure moments, he does have the ideal game to have a good week at Oakmont, given his length off the tee.
Could this be the last chance for Phil Mickelson to finally win a US Open?
Lefty has been runner-up at the US Open a remarkable six times and although he isn't getting any younger, he has come into form of late with his 2nd place at the St Jude Classic last week a very interesting piece of form. Mickelson has already described the course as the 'hardest we've ever played' but at 30/1 he could well be worth an each way play given his class.
Bigger Priced Selections Make Appeal
The test on offer this week means we are sure to see one or two bigger priced contenders towards the head of the leader-board this weekend and chief among those to consider are Sergio Garcia (40/1) and Martin Kaymer. There would be no more popular winner of the US Open than Garcia with the brilliant Spaniard still searching for his maiden Major Championship and he comes into this one with the game to perform well. Garcia is long off the tee, and perhaps more importantly accurate off the tee, which should see him right in the mix as long as his putting holds up on the difficult greens which means we are happy to take an each-way punt on the popular Spaniard.
As for Martin Kaymer, he is a former US Open Champion and arrives at Oakmont in good form after some solid results of late and he could be ready for another Major assault this week. The German has had his ups and downs during his career but when he is hot he is always a player to follow as his two Majors suggest and his accuracy from tee to green should also play into his hands at Oakmont. His last three events have all ended in Top 10 finishes and there is no reason why his game won't hold up this week at a very big each way price of 66/1 with Bet 365.