Golf’s second major of the year, the U.S. Open, takes place this week at Oakmont Country Club at Oakmont, Pennsylvania. Favoritism has switched from Jordan Spieth (pictured) to Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Both Day and McIlroy should have the short game needed to make a run for the U.S. Open Championship. Oakmont boasts what many golf analysts believe are the toughest greens in the United States. Keep reading for more info on Day and McIlroy as well as my smart bet and longshot bet to win this week’s U.S. Open.
A Closer Look At My US Open Golf Expert Picks
What: Golf US Open
When: Thursday – Sunday, June 16-19, 2016
Start Time: 7 AM ET
Where: Oakmont, PA
Course: Oakmont Country Club
Length: 7,230 yards
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
The Favorite To Win The US Open: Jason Day 7/1, Rory McIlroy 7/1
Jadon Day – Day is second on the money list this year. He has 6 Top 10 finishes from 11 tournaments played. He’s made over $5.6 million dollars. Day’s ability to hit soft shots should put him in a good position for putts. The odds are low but he’s one who could take home the trophy on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy – Rory’s only ranked 18th on the earnings list, but his game hasn’t been bad this year. McIlroy has 3 fourth place finishes in his last 6 tournaments played. He goes into Oakmont with a hot hand. Plus, his putters been great. Watch out for Rory this week.
The Smart Bet To Win The US Open: Jordan Spieth 15/2
Spieth is going to be determined to make amends for faltering at Augusta in April. He won the Dean and Deluca Invitational before finishing 57th at Muirfield Village in his last tournament played. I know that Spieth likes to try out shots before a major tournament. I’m sure that’s what he was doing at Muirfield Village. Heart, soul, and the ability to put himself into a great position for birdies should lead to an awesome U.S. Open run.
The Long Shot Bet To Win The US Open: Hideki Matsuyama 30/1
5 Top 10 finishes from 14 tournaments played signals that Hideki Matsuyama is on top of his game. The young, 24-year-old, Japanese golfer finished 7th at the Masters in April. That was a huge step up for Matsuyama who is on the brink of being one of the best players in the world. He finished 7th at The Player’s Championship as well before missing the cut at the Memorial at Muirfield Village. Like Spieth, my guess is that Matsuyama practiced some shots in preparation for the U.S. Open. He’s not without a shot at, once again, excellent odds.
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