The US Open is the 2nd major we will see in 2020 but the first of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. Historically the USGA finds an already tough golf course and makes it even harder to play with deeper rough and slicker greens. The U.S. Open is probably the hardest tournament to make picks for either for betting or for fantasy golf because of the unpredictability of how the tournament will unfold and how players will react to the conditions.
Regardless, you will have an extremely talented field of golfers for the US Open with the top players in the world getting a tee time and playing for that elusive major and the large prize money up for grabs this week.
US Open Overview
Date: September 17-20, 2020
FedEx Cup Points: 600
Prize Pool: $12,500,000
First Place Prize: $2,250,000
Field Size: 156 golfers
Like everything else in 2020, the U.S Open was affected by the Covid-19 Corona Virus and was rescheduled from its usual spot in June just before father’s day to a spot in mid-September. How this change in schedule will affect the US Open course or players won’t be known until the first tee off on the Thursday but rest assured, the tournament will happen and someone will win the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot and collect a coveted majors title.
2020 US Open Course Preview
- Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course)
- Mamaroneck, NY
- Par 70
- 7264 yards
- Designed By – A.W. Tillinghast
Winged Foot Golf Club is one of the top golf courses in the world and this is the sixth time hosting the US Open. Length and accuracy will be a must to score well and missing the fairway can be a disaster and lead just to a punch out of the rough for a second shot. Each hole is tough and there is no letup even when you reach the challenging green surfaces. In the 1974 US Open, the golden bear Jack Nicklaus landed on the first green with a 25 foot putt for birdie. He sailed that putt 28 feet past the hole and two more putts later he was off to the 2nd hole.
Winged Foot’s last six holes are tough with a 210 yard par 3 on the 13th hole, and then 5 straight par 4’s well in excess of 400 yards leading up to one of the best and most famous finishing holes. In 2006 it became the great Phil Mickelson collapse when leading by 1 shot going into 18, Phil ended up losing the US Open after going left off the tee and then hitting a tree only to hack it back to the green and finish with a double bogey. There undoubtedly will be drama once again at Winged Foot in 2020!
US Open Golf History
- Phil Mickelson has never won the tournament but has come in second 6 times
- Until 2007, there was an 18 hole playoff in the event of a tie after 72 holes. The new playoff format is a two hole playoff and then sudden death if the players are still tied.
- The US Open is open to both amateurs and professionals and both men and women can qualify although a woman has never qualified. Five amateurs have won the US Open with the last being in 1933 (John Goodman)
Last 10 Winners of the US Open
2019 – Gary Woodland
2018 – Brooks Koepka
2017 – Brooks Koepka
2016 – Dustin Johnson
2015 – Jordan Spieth
2014 – Martin Kaymer
2013 – Justin Rose
2012 – Webb Simpson
2011 – Rory McIlroy
2010 – Graeme McDowell
2020 US Open Betting Preview
In many golf events you can pick a horse for the course and lay a bet down…not so for the US Open.
It’s hard to pick a horse for the course for the US Open given that it’s at a different venue each year and how tough the course set up usually is and that the tournament can at times be a war of attrition as opposed to who plays the best. However there is one guy that stands out for me at the US Open and that is Justin Rose. He is getting older so his game is now more of a finesse game which lends itself to a US Open tourney. Having a great short game and strong putting game goes a long way to contending. He has 1 Win and five Top 10 finishes but he’s far from perfect having missed 6 cuts in his career and his other finishes have been a T21-T12-T27 making him either a contender to win, or he’ll be gone by the weekend. It’s easy to pick some recent winners for this spot but I will stick with Rose for my pick and a horse for the course.
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