US Open 2020: Preview & Prediction
Gary Woodland will be out to repeat his victory in last year’s event, although he will need to improve his form if he is to achieve the feat.
The 36-year-old finished fifth in the Workday Charity Open back in July, but has failed to break par in four out of five tournaments since then.
Woodland missed the cut in the other event and doesn’t leap off the page as a likely winner of the tournament this time around.
Read on as we take a look at the 2020 US Open and assess some of the main contenders ahead of the big event.
Tough Test in Store at Winged Foot
The USGA has come in for plenty of criticism over the past few years regarding the favourable set-up of the courses for the US Open.
Last year’s tournament highlighted that point to perfection, with Woodland clinching victory at Pebble Beach with a 13-under-par total.
However, fans of knee-deep rough and slick putting surfaces should be in their element during the 2020 edition, with Winged Foot expected to provide a stiff test for the players.
Many pundits are predicting that the event will be won by an over-par score in a return to a far more traditional US Open tournament.
Johnson a Worthy Favourite
Dustin Johnson is the 13/2 favourite in the 888 Sports betting to win the US Open and it would be a big surprise if he wasn’t in contention on the final day.
Four successive top two finishes during August and early September perfectly highlight the level of form Johnson is producing right now.
He finished tied for 35th in the 2019 US Open, but had secured a place in the top four in four of the previous five editions of the tournament.
That run included a victory in 2016 and he will fancy his chances of doubling his tally of major wins in this year’s event.
Rahm Ready to Rumble
Jon Rahm is likely to be a big threat at the US Open having turned in a string of impressive performances during the 2020 campaign.
The 25-year-old has secured eight top 10 finishes from just 15 events – a run that includes victories in the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship.
The tough set-ups at Muirfield Village and Olympia Fields played to Rahm’s strengths and he is expected to find Winged Foot very much to his liking.
Rahm finished tied for third place at Pebble Beach in 2019 and looks a solid bet at odds of 11/1 to be amongst the front-runners this year.
Out-of-sorts McIlroy is Poor Value
Plenty of punters may be tempted to back Rory McIlroy at odds of 14/1 to win his fifth major title, but he looks too short in the betting given his recent form.
He finished eighth at the recent Tour Championship event, but that was his only top 10 finish in his last nine outings.
With his first baby on the way McIlroy has admitted he hasn’t been fully focused in recent weeks and that factor makes him a risky pick at Winged Foot.
McIlroy hasn’t won a major since 2014 and it would be a shock if he manages to snap that streak in the US Open.
Fleetwood Aiming to Break Majors Duck
Tommy Fleetwood looks an interesting proposition at odds of 40/1, with British player possessing all the attributes needed to win the event.
He followed a fourth-place finish in 2017 by claiming the runner-up spot a year later, before messing up his preparations on his way to finishing 65th last year.
Fleetwood has just one top 10 finish to his name this season, but there have been signs in recent weeks that his game is beginning to come together.
The 29-year-old is yet to win on American soil, but there would be no better place to rectify the matter than at Winged Foot.
Berger a Solid Each-Way Shout
Daniel Berger has recorded ten top 25 finishes in last eleven tournaments – a run that includes a victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge during June.
He has finished in the top 10 on seven occasions during that run and looks exceptional each-way value at odds of 33/1 for the US Open.
The 27-year-old is likely to be fired up to perform well at Winged Foot as he clings onto the hope that he will be handed a spot in the Masters later this year.
The qualifiers were locked in for that event back in March, but a strong performance at the US Open would strengthen his case to be handed an invite for Augusta National.
US Open Prediction: Johnson is a worthy favourite for the event, but he looks too short in the betting given the strength of the field.
At the current prices Rahm looks well worth an interest, while Berger could reward punters searching for a solid each-way bet.
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