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Paddypower’s US Open Preview.
It’s become the rule rather than the exception. Another Major and another ‘Operation Needle In A Haystack’. A sequence of Majors with no one superstar who’s predicted to dominate affairs is nothing new to golf – to people of a certain vintage it’s known as the 80s – but since the emergence of Tiger, it’s rare to head into a tournament without one name leaping off the page at you. Tiger is again marked absent – not that he was likely to win anyway – but it further strengthens the belief that it’s really wide open and only the borderline joke players at 1,000/1 can be ruled out with any level of certainty.
In recent times, the world of golf has seen more number ones than a toilet attendant at a busy nightclub. We’ve got lots of players vying for top spot and when it comes to the Majors, there’s no one standout candidate. After saying Lee Westwood is good enough to win a Major (and possibly more) on numerous occasions in the past, we’re running the risk of sounding a lot like that preacher guy who predicts the Rapture every couple of years to no avail, but the difference is we think Westwood winning a Major will actually happen at some stage. We’ve been over this ground plenty of times before so whether or not it’s this time around is up for you to decide.
The story of Graeme McDowell defending the Major he won to catapult him into the world’s elite is the overly sentimental tug at the heartstrings promos Sky Sports have plumped for in their attempts to hype up the event and in turn distract you from the fact the football season is over. But even that’s not a storyline they’re likely to get much mileage out of if G-Mac continues on his recent form. Having spent a few months struggling to find his best golf, he played the Celtic Manor Wales Open in the hope of building up some confidence by beating some of Europe’s averagest journeymen pros, but that went about as well as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and after an interesting start, he sank without trace.
Although none of the Majors currently reside in the trophy cabinets of any Americans, the home contingent are expected to do well at the Congressional Country Club. Unlike several other venues for the US Open, this course is regularly a destination on the PGA Tour and as such the locals should have a few tricks up their sleeves about how to trim a couple of shots off your round or at the very least, know where to get the best pizza. In theory at least, that makes Phil Mickelson a contender, but his patchy form makes him about as trustworthy as a politician with an expense account. Better options may come in the form of Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney and Bubba ‘ Bubba done good’ Watson. He’s not been at his cocky best for a while now, but it’s also worth keeping an eye out for Anthony Kim, who won the AT&T National here in 2008.
If we’re opting for the ‘horses for courses’ route, then Ernie Els is worth a mention. He may not be worth a bet, but he’s worth a mention. Sure the Big Easy has been bumbling along for the last few years, occasionally returning to something approaching his best form, but maybe this could be the start of a resurgence. He’s been around for so long, he’s got the air of one of those ‘ceremonial players’ who have won the event before and come back every year mainly for the free food and drinks with their buddies, but Ernie’s still only 41 and in the world of silly pants wearing, that’s not quite Jurassic.
If all our bluffing and fudging the issue wasn’t enough of a clue, we don’t really have a clue who’ll win this renewal of the US Open, but our paying 6 Places gives you a much better chance of getting it right. For golfing tips, maybe we’re not that hot, but for value, you’re in the right place.