US Open Betting Tips, Preview, Offers, Odds, Stats, Facts and History, 16-19 June 2016
Our US Open feature tells you just about everything you need to know about the US Open, from the latest odds on the top players to the best available betting offers, our top betting tips and some interesting stats and facts about the tournament, including the past 10 US Open winners and some event history.
We’ve also got the same for the US Masters, the British Open and the USPGA as well as all our latest golf betting tips, and plenty of free bets if you want to take advantage of the generosity of bookmakers!
US Open Betting Offers
We’ll add all US Open free bets and offers here as they are released but for now, how about:
- Betfair – Spieth 3/1 to make the cut – JOIN BETFAIR for this amazing Spieth offer
- Triple odds at the US Open with 888sport
- £50 free bet at Ladbrokes
- 400% free bet at Coral and each way to 7 places
US Open Betting Tips
The 2016 US Open takes place at Oakmont and it was last staged here in 2007 when Angel Cabrera’s five over score was enough to land him the title. The course will once more provide a huge test and we don’t think a particularly low score will be needed this year. The rough is hugely penal and the greens are incredibly quick with some vicious slopes and if anyone can get it round under par they will have had a good round.
Jordan Spieth is the defending champion and unsurprisingly it is he, along with Jason Day and Rory McIlroy that head the betting. The champ is priced at odds of 10/1 with Bet365 and Betfair as his game hasn’t been quite right this year, whilst Rory is 15/2 with 888sport (or 45/2 for new customers!) and Day is the overall favourite at 13/2 with Ladbrokes.
The deadly rough at the US Open, wherever it is played, means that many punters will consider driving accuracy to be central to success but the stats don’t really support that theory. In some regards getting the ball closer to the green from the tea offsets the dangers of the rough and so the most telling stat this week, we feel, will not be driving accuracy, but putting.
That means that Spieth may actually offer a little value as his instinctive ability on the greens will always give him a chance unless his driving is truly awful. Much has been made of his mini-slump but he still managed to win the DEAN and DELUCA recently and was tied second at the Masters.
10/1 is a big price for a man with such a fine record in his short career at the majors and so we certainly don’t advise against backing Spieth.
However, our main betting tip is in many ways the opposite sort of player to Spieth. We backed Dustin Johnson each way for the Masters and we recommend you do the same here at Oakmont. His ball striking is superb, his form is strong and he has the power and driving accuracy to give himself the best chance of finding the right spots on the greens.
He won’t need to hole a lot of puts this week to be in the mix and whilst, as ever, getting over the line may prove tricky, we certainly expect DJ to go close. 14/1 with Bet365 is a big price so take it each way, with Bet365 paying the top 6.
US Open History
The first 36-hole US Open competition was contested in 1895 by just 10 players over a single day on a nine-hole course! Over the years it has evolved into a stand-out four day fixture with a field of 156. As with the US Masters tournament, the US Open field comprises the most successful professionals by ranking as well as Major champions from the last five years including amateur and senior champions. It is the second Major of the golf calendar and is played in June each year, the course changing for each tournament.
Now co-sanctioned by the US and European tours, it was dominated in the early days by Brits, mainly Scots. However, in more recent times domestic players have been on top, with only six countries aside from the US producing winners since 1950.
The US Open is famed for its penal rough and hard, fast and undulating greens, likened by NBC’s Johnny Miller to “like trying to hit a ball on top of a VW Beetle”. Scoring is rarely low, with winning scores over par not uncommon. One other unusual feature of the US Open is the playoff format, which sees players return on Monday for an 18-hole play-off. In the event of two or more players still being level the play-off continues in a sudden death format. This unlikely scenario occurred in 1990, 1994 and 2008.
US Open Past Winners, Stats and Facts
Past 20 US Open Golf Champions
• 2015 – Jordan Spieth (USA)
• 2014 – Martin Kaymer (Germany)
• 2013 – Justin Rose (England)
• 2012 – Webb Simpson (USA)
• 2011 – Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
• 2010 – Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)
• 2009 – Lucas Glover (USA)
• 2008 – Tiger Woods (USA)
• 2007 – Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
• 2006 – Geoff Ogilvy (Australia)
• 2005 – Michael Campbell (New Zealand)
• 2004 – Retief Goosen (South Africa)
• 2003 – Jim Furyk (USA)
• 2002 – Tiger Woods (USA)
• 2001 – Retief Goosen (South Africa)
• 2000 – Tiger Woods (USA)
• 1999 – Payne Stewart (USA)
• 1998 – Lee Janzen (USA)
• 1997 – Ernie Els (South Africa)
• 1996 – Steve Jones (USA)
US Open Stats and Facts
- Between 1957 and 2000 Jack Nicklaus competed in 44 consecutive US Opens
- Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most wins with four each, whilst Tiger Woods has three US Open wins
- The 2015 US Open is the first ever professional tournament to be held at Chambers Bay, University Place
- In 2014, Andy Zhang became the youngest ever golfer to play in the US Open at the age of 14
- The youngest golfer to win the US Open was just 19 years and 10 months old – John McDermott back in 1911
- In contrast the oldest winner, Hale Irwin, was 45-years-old when he won in 1990
- Colin Montomerie, probably the best player never to win a Major was runner up three times at the US Open, in 1994, 1997 and 2006. Amazingly Phil Mickleson has been runner up six times (including ties) at the US Open!
- In 2000, Tiger Woods won his first US Open title by a record-breaking winning margin of 15 shots
- An Englishman won the first ever US Open – Horace Rawlins, back in 1895. He won $150 for his troubles! The first US winner was young John McDermott some 16 years later after Scots dominated the early days of the tournament
- In 1973 Sam Snead made the cut at the age of 61, finishing 29th!