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The 2022 US Open is the third golf major of the season which returns to The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts for the first time since 1988. Although this course is relatively short by modern standards, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a demanding test for the players on a freshly re-routed Gil Hanse renovation.
Below is everything you need to know that’s helped us pick out the best US Open betting tips.
Heroes are made at US Open
Interestingly, 10 of the last 13 champions of this prestigious event had never captured a Major title before. In 2021 Jon Rahm captured his first Major in this tournament and in 2020 Bryson DeChambeau sealed his maiden Major after averaging over 320 yards off the tee at Winged Foot. In 2019 Gary Woodland also secured his first Major triumph at the iconic Pebble Beach whilst Brooks Koepka triumphed in both 2017 and 2018.
Some other significant first career Major wins in the US Open are Webb Simpson (Olympic Club 2012), Rory McIlroy (Congressional 2011), Graeme McDowell (Pebble Beach 2010) and Lucas Glover (Bethpage Black 2009).
Will history repeat itself this year and we get to witness another new Major champion?
Tweet picture of the venue
The Country Club will be an awesome US Open! Brookline is packed with cool holes, tough shots, and a visually spectacular renovation by @gil_hanse . ⛳️ Check out all the details in the latest issue of @GolfDigest , story by @feedtheball Derek Duncan.🔥⛳️ photography by: @Bria… pic.twitter.com/BQdBOmUZhv
— Brian Oar (@BrianOarGolf) June 8, 2022
Along with the PGA Championship and The Open Championship, the US Open is held annually at different venues and this year returns to The Country Club for the first time in 34 years.
The course played host to the 1999 Ryder Cup which was dubbed “The Battle of Brookline” when the USA defeated Europe by a point. This match was infamous because the Americans prematurely celebrated victory when Justin Leonard sank a long birdie putt on the 17th that upset the Europeans.
The US Open track will be 7263 yards in length and is a Par 70. Precise approach play and the ability to consistently hit the greens in regulation will again be a huge factor with plenty of water hazards, bunkers and dog-legged narrow fairways to deal with.
However, it’s worth noting that no competitors or spectators will have seen The Country Club in its new 2022 US Open guise. This year’s re-routing includes selected holes from the next-door Primrose Course and the addition of the iconic 130 odd-yard downhill par-3 12th hole, which will actually play as the 11th.
Hanse’s work this year has involved him keeping the lengthy holes long but making the shorter holes far more demanding. Much of the work has also focussed on increasing the size of green surfaces to allow for more US Open tough pin positions, plus restoring bunkers to add to the difficulty level. There is an abundance of blind tee shots and approaches at Brookline to elevated and well-defended green complexes compared to other courses in the States.
Who has a good record at The Country Club?
‘Horses for courses’ is always a good way to get the upper hand when it comes to US Open golf betting tips.
Matt Fitzpatrick triumphed in the 2013 US Amateur Championship at this venue so is definitely a player that will be highly fancied to secure his first Maiden in June. The Yorkshireman’s been one of the most consistent performers on Tour over the last few seasons but is just struggling to get over the line in America. He’s been victorious seven times on the DP World Tour and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before he secures his maiden Major victory. With the wealth of experience of Billy Foster on the bag, these two should be a force to be reckoned with.
Tweet about Fitzpatrick having a good chance of winning
I’ll stick my neck on the line to say that I think when US Open comes to Brookline next month Matt Fitzpatrick will be a major champion
— Craig Thomson (@ThomsonGolf94) May 22, 2022
Corey Connors was a semi-finalist in the 2013 US Amateur Championship and has been in the top 10 in the last three Masters. However, he’s missed the cut in his last two U.S. Opens but this is a course he’s got an impressive record on so he will be expected to fare well.
Who has a poor record at The Country Club?
Justin Thomas failed to qualify for the Matchplay as an amateur in 2013 so this is a course that concept doesn’t suit his eye. This was obviously nine years ago and a lot has changed since then but JT won’t have fond memories when he returns to The Country Club so it’s probably best to avoid putting any money on him.
Favourites to win
These are the four players that have the lowest odds in our US Open golf betting tips article.
Scottie Scheffler (12/1)
He’s been the best player on the planet in 2022 which is proven by his four PGA Tour wins including a Green Jacket in April. His fantastic short game is perfect for this tricky course. He’s certainly one to keep an eye on for your US Open golf predictions.
Justin Thomas (12/1)
Justin Thomas is the latest Major champion after sealing his second PGA Championship title last month so is hotly tipped to do well in the 2022 US Open.
Rory McIlroy (12/1)
Rory is always one of the most popular golfers to bet on with his sublime talent and power off the tee. He’s also a four-time Major champion and is the only player to finish in the top 10 in each of the first two Majors. However, it’s been eight years since his last Major title so he’s got a habit of letting bookmakers down unless you back him each way for your US Open predictions.
Jon Rahm (14/1)
Rahmbo is the defending champion and simply can’t be ignored when he’s World No.2. The Spaniard is not in the best of form and often lets his performance slip if he gets angry, but he certainly has the ability to triumph again. However, we won’t be tipping him for success in our US Open golf predictions.
US Open Golf Betting Tips
3pts e.w. Matt Fitzptrick at 25/1 (Ladbrokes 1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
It just seems written in the stars for Matt Fitzpatrick to seal his first Major title in the 2022 US Open. He’s won at this course before, is in great form and historically there has been an abundance of maiden Major winners in this event. The Yorkshireman is the safest option to put your money on and is our top US Open prediction.
2pts e.w. Corey Connors at 66/1 (Ladbrokes 1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
Connors is ranked 34th in the world and is the best Canadian golfer who also performed well here on his last visit. This could be the ideal opportunity for him to replicate his Masters’ form of three top 10 finishes in succession and go one better at The Country Club. With odds of 66/1, he’s an appealing candidate to back.