The second major of the year gets under way on Thursday, when the world’s top golfers begin their bid to win the US Open on the West Course at Winged Foot. We look at five players who offer big value to lift the trophy in New York State on Sunday.
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US Open 2020 betting tips: five big-value each-way plays
1. Tommy Fleetwood
The man from Southport has spent much of his time on the PGA Tour of late, mixing it with the best players to further his chances of winning a first major title.
Fleetwood has been consistent without really threatening to win in the US since the resumption, his best finish being tied for 29th at the PGA Championship last month.
But he flies back to the States after an impressive outing on the European Tour last week, when he tied for third at the Portugal Masters after carding a seven-under-par final round of 64.
The Ryder Cup star will head to Winged Foot full of confidence with his game and has an excellent recent record at the US Open. Fleetwood finished T27 in his first appearance in the tournament in 2015, before finishing fourth and then second in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Odds: 28/1 with Paddy Power
2. Jason Day
The last time Winged Foot hosted the tournament in 2006, the trophy was lifted by an Australian, Geoff Ogilvy triumphing after Colin Montgomerie squandered a great chance to win.
Jason Day heads to New York in good form, after collecting four top-10 finishes in his last six events since the middle of July, and will fancy his chances of picking up a second major title.
The 2015 PGA champion is a five-time top-10 finisher in the US Open and came second in 2011 and tied for second in 2013. You often have to scramble well to contend in this championship and Day, who is 28th in scoring average on the PGA Tour, is also ranked second in sand saves on the Tour.
Odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power
3. Justin Rose
Justin Rose is only one of two players in my five picks who has won this championship before, after success at Merion in 2013.
The Englishman demonstrated that he was getting back to his best with a ninth-placed finish in the PGA Championship last month before tying for 25th in the Northern Trust event.
Putting is often the key to the week for Rose, who is also worth considering when eyeing a first-round leader bet. He is currently ranked second in the putts per round – round one rankings on the US Tour.
His last two efforts at the US Open are also a sign that a challenge is on the cards this week, with the 40-year-old finishing tied for 10th in 2018 and tied for third a year later.
Odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power
4. Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland won this event at Pebble Beach last year and for the defending champion to be available at 60/1, with 10 places on offer, is eye-catching.
The man from Kansas shocked many by clinching the title by three shots, with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy chasing him over the weekend.
Woodland’s form has been scratchy in recent months, with two top-10 finishes on tour since the resumption, but last year’s experience may help him to challenge again this time around.
Odds: 60/1 with Paddy Power
5. Phil Mickelson
It would be a travesty if Phil Mickelson didn’t win a US Open title, having finished second on six occasions, including at Winged Foot in 2006.
He may now be 50, but Lefty showed when finishing second at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational that he can still mix it with the best.
This may be Mickelson’s last realistic chance of ending his US Open hoodoo and at 80/1, the five-time Major champion represents massive each-way value.
Odds: 80/1 with Paddy Power
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All odds within this article correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.