Oakmont 2016 US OpenJune 15, 2016
Aussies in the mix for ‘open’ test at Oakmont
The golf world turns its attention to the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania this week in preparation for the 2016 US Open Championship. Designed by Henry Fownes way back in 1903, the world’s best golfers can expect to be greeted by a slightly different looking Oakmont. Before the 2007 US Open, also played at Oakmont, the Club had undertaken a major tree removal program that exposed the course and improved turf conditions. Fast forward nine years and now even more trees have been removed; opening up expansive views around the famed layout, creating better turf and exposing the course further to the elements.
Of course the more exposed conditions may not necessarily impact on the result. The World’s number one golfer Jason Day enters the tournament as favourite. There is no reason to suspect that he won’t be suited by Oakmont’s testing layout and in particular the undulating greens. Joining Day at the top of the betting market are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. All eyes will be on Spieth to see how he backs up his recent meltdown at the US Masters at Augusta. McIlroy too is a strong chance to win an event he has a very good record in. All three are rated under $10 chances with bookmakers.
Further afield in betting is one time world number one, Australian Adam Scott. Forced to do away with his long putter thanks to new regulations, Scott, has to date enjoyed a solid season, surprising many pundits. A great ball striker, he may just present good value for Aussie punters, he is currently rated a $31 chance of saluting at Oakmont.
Those looking to place a wager on the US Open ought to consider the difference in odds between bookmakers. There can be wild fluctuations between the agencies due to the unpredictability of an event like the US Open. Betting exchange operator Betfair nearly always posts superior odds on the outright winner’s market, especially as the event draws near. We cover this betting phenomenon in our review of Betfair. If you fancy a roughie, make sure you check the odds before placing your bet.