US Open Golf | Five To Follow
Top class golf tipster Louis Ross pinpoints his five golfers to follow at this year’s US Open Golf Championship.
US Open | 14th – 17th June 2018 | Sky Sports
The golfing world’s toughest Major returns to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 2004.
Fourteen years ago Retief Goosen took the title here with a score of -4 and the USPGA will be hoping for something similar this time around following the birdie-fest at least year’s renewal, where Brooks Koepka won with a score of 16 under par.
Expect a British Open feel to this week. We will see a very ‘Links-type’ golf course where those who miss the short stuff off the tee will face knee high fescue grass and a struggle to make par.
The last couple of renewals have seen either a soft course or lack of wind resulting in super-low scoring. Looking at this week’s forecast and seeing 10-16mph winds and bigger gusts on the first two days should delight those of us who have backed the power-hitters.
This is not a particularly long course but with the entire field likely to miss the short grass at some point, that extra yardage could be crucial in saving par. Make no mistake, there will be times during this tournament where par is a bonus.
Here are my five follow:
Dustin Johnson (8/1)
Returned to the world number one spot after victory last weekend. The 2016 champion is in fantastic form and wins at Riviera, Pebble Beach and Oakmont link very nicely to this test.
A very confident NAP.
Justin Rose (16/1)
Another for champion currently in great form. Always a US Open-type and sneaky long off the tee. His putting has been as good as its ever been in recent weeks.
Rose is always accurate. If the short stick works, a danger to all.
Branden Grace (40/1)
The South African is building himself an impressive Major CV. Could well have won Chambers Bay in 2015 and hasnt missed a cut since 2017.
Will give anyone a run for their money and one of those that looks bound to win one of these at some point.
Tommy Fleetwood (50/1)
Links golf and high winds will present no problems to this man. One of the best ball strikers in the world.
May not have quite enough to win here but is an elite player now and easily as talented as someone like 2017 champion Koepka. A solid chance
Brandt Snedeker (100/1)
Just recovering from a really tough couple of years with injury, Sneds is an incredibly popular player and there would be few more deserving champions.
A really nice run last week resulting in a top 10 finish puts him in ideal condition to attack this course. Lovely player to watch as he just steps up and smacks it. Big price.
US Open – Dustin Johnson (8/1)
US Open – Justin Rose (16/1)
US Open – Branden Grace (40/1)
US Open – Tommy Fleetwood (50/1)
US Open – Brandt Snedeker (100/1)