US Open 2019: who to consider at Pebble Beach

Tipsters Review - 10-Jun-2019

US Open 2019: who to consider at Pebble Beach


 

The US Open returns to Pebble Beach, California this week and for some players, including two-time reigning winner Brooks Koepka, it’s a chance to add another US Open – and major – to their collection. For others, like 2014 runner-up Rickie Fowler, it’s an opportunity to get that first major win that’s previously evaded him, or Phil Mickelson, who’s chasing that all-important career grand slam, but just missing a US Open title.

When looking at US Open 2019 winner odds, understandably, Koepka is the outright favourite at 7/1, but don’t rule out Fowler (22/1) or even Mickelson (33/1) as reasonable outside shouts. Not sure who to plump for? Don’t worry, our guide will run through four players to consider this month at Pebble Beach.

Brooks Koepka

In the last three years, the 29-year-old from Florida has really made a name for himself, as one of the sport’s leading players. With six wins on the PGA Tour and four of those in major Championships, Brooks Koepka is the clear favourite heading into Pebble Beach. Having won the US Open the previous two years, last year by a margin of four strokes, he’ll be looking to level with Tiger Woods with three Open titles under his belt. This year already, Koepka finished T2 at the Masters and has won the PGA Championship, so it’s evident he wishes to challenge for every major. We don’t want to jinx it but no-one has won it three years straight for over a century – the last man to do so was Willie Anderson in 1905.

Dustin Johnson (8/1)

Despite 20 wins on the PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson only has one major to his name and that was the US Open in 2016. But don’t let that deter you. DJ has a good record at Pebble Beach, with two wins (albeit in 2009 and 2010) and two runner-up finishes (2014 and 2018). Johnson goes into the third major of the year in good form, having finished T2 at the Masters and second at the PGA Championship. You could say the US Open is his to lose – but could it be third time lucky?

Tiger Woods (10/1)

He’s a three-time US Open winner and his first in 2000 saw him romp to a 15-stroke victory. Despite slipping off the radar, Tiger Woods returned with a shock Masters win earlier this year and is in reasonable form going into Pebble Beach. While he’s a long way off his peak performance, Tiger has 15 major championship titles and could well prove a decent underdog. If he brings his best game, he could be a world-beater again.

Jordan Spieth (16/1)

He’s one of few players currently on the tour who is one major short of a career grand slam – he’s just missing the USPGA – and Jordan Spieth is back to being one of the favourites to win the US Open for a second time. He’s had success at Pebble Beach before, wining the Pro-Am in 2017 by four strokes, but despite finishing T3 at the PGA Championship earlier this year, the former world number 1 has slipped to 28th in the world rankings.


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