US Open Golf Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 14th June 2018, Shinnecock Hills,
Golf administrators have been worried about falling participation levels for a long time now. In an attempt to shake things up we’ve seen some new formats introduced onto the PGA and European Tours while even the usually stuffy USGA has made changes. Sometimes, however, there is no beating a bit of history and tradition. Those are the watchwords for this week’s U.S. Open which returns to Shinnecock Hills, the venue for the major’s second renewal way back in 1896.
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Clearly, Shinnecock Hills has undergone a lot of work since hosting the 1896 U.S. Open. But one of the many charms of this course is that even the most recent renovation, undertaken under the guidance of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in 2012, remained true to the roots of this Long Island course.
Shinnecock Hills is now a par 70 which plays around 7,400 yards from the back tees. That’s enough length of make even the biggest hitters think and although some of the fairways were widened in 2012, it remains a genuinely strategic test. ‘Shinnie’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the very best golf courses in America and a host of players competing at the 2018 U.S. Open have said that they believe the links layout it will provide a fair test of golf that allows the best golfer to win even if the forecast is right and the wind blows.
When you put the best of the best together in one field it’s clear that any number of them can win. But, at 22/1 with Betfred, it’s Jon Rahm who stands out as the best value bet of the tournament.
At just 23, Rahm has won five times on the European and PGA Tours and has proven himself to be an absolutely fearless competitor. While he is perhaps best known for the incredible distance he hits the ball, Rahm is actually well suited to strategic tests of golf alongside his caddie, Adam Hayes.
Shinnecock Hills is going to punish the world’s best players this week but if Rahm can pick and choose his moments, his attacking style of golf should be a positive. Moreover, he won at a links course in bad weather when claiming the 2017 Irish Open crown at Portstewart by six shots and is very much ready to become a major champion.
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Rahm was only 15 when Louis Oosthuizen won his first major championship. The South African did what most golfers can only dream of by winning the Open at St Andrews and he is ready to contend for another of golf’s biggest prizes at one of the sport’s most storied venues.
As well as that 2010 win, Oosthuizen has finished second at each of the majors. He knows exactly what it takes to contend for prizes of this size and with his game in good order, Oosthuizen looks a great each way bet at 66/1 with Ladbrokes.
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