2016 U.S. Open
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,219
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth

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It is going to be fascinating to watch Day, Spieth and McIlroy in action this week; it’s easy to make a strong case for each.  However there is something powerful, almost transcending golf about Jason Day at a US Open.  Four top 10’s from five starts on a selection of devious US Open layouts says he has a game plan for golf’s toughest test.  Winner of the Players and the Arnie, I think he’s the man to beat.

Doc’s Top Five Best Bets For The US Open

Tip1: Justin Rose 22/1

Justin Rose 22/1. Beware the injured golfer.

This has to be prefaced by the fact that Justin has been injured and thus his preparation has been hugely hampered.  However he is posting a full bill of health on twitter and all being well this week there’s no doubting the Englishman has a better skillset for Oakmont than most.  Justin took part in the 2007 US Open at Oakmont and was T10.  His strong greens in regulation game (T8 in the stat) was the key as it still is nine years on.  He also knows how to get the job done at a US Open after winning at Merion in 2013.  Five top 10’s this season before the injury but a price 22/1 if probably fair given that he hasn’t played since The Players.

Tip 2: Dustin Johnson 16/1

Dustin Johnson 16/1. It's coming.

Something has to give for Dustin Johnson in the Majors and realistically the US Open is his best shot.  I’m not one of those that subscribes to the view that DJ bottled it at Chambers Bay last year; the greens were atrocious.  Having said that I do concede that his tales of Major calamity are mounting.  Comes in this year with seven top-10’s, a Sunday charge for solo fifth at the St Jude, third at Memorial and T4 at The Masters before that.  Great odds.

Tip 3: Brooks Koepka 50/1

Brooks Cupcake 50/1. It'll do!

I’m a big fan of Brooks Koepka and he’s coming into form at just the right time.  T2 at the St Jude last week and solo second at the Byron Nelson before that with very solid greens in regulation stats.  T4 in 2014 and T18 last year.

Tip 4: Bubba Watson 33/1 to 40/1

Bubba 33/1. Not a fan of water.

I cant really believe myself that I’m tipping up Bubba Watson because his recent US Open record has been rubbish and his form recently not much better.  Having said that, my abiding memory of Angel Cabrera’s 2007 win at Oakmont was how he controlled ball spin with this irons and that’s also something that Bubba does better than most.  He was T5 then and with zero pressure this time around could go under the radar.

Tip 5: Charl Schwartzel 66/1

Charl 66/1. Hirsute.

With my go-to South African Louis not in form  of late, I’m veering more towards Charl Schwartzel for an each way shot this week.  Three top-15’s in his last five US Opens including solo seventh at Chambers Bay and played Oakmont in 2007 (T30). Three time winner this season too at Alfred Dunhill, Tshwane and The Valspar. T11 last time out at Memorial.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Kevin Chappell 100/1

Chappell. I think.

Chappell has drifted to 100/1 after poor showing at the Dean and Deluca and Memorial but is still a decent shout after solo seconds at the Arnie and Players.  Has a best of T3 in Congressional in 2011.

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