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The 2021 US Open Golf Championship will be the 121st edition of this great event. It takes place at the world renowned Torrey Pines course in San Diego, California on June 17th, with a full field of 156 players looking to write themselves into the history books and win one of Golf’s four Major titles. Below we take you through the US Open, with a look at the history, the course and the world’s top professionals who are likely to feature in this event, which was won last year by Bryson DeChambeau at the Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.
Our 2021 US Open Golf Championship Betting Offers
Closer to the event, Bookmakers will produce various offers and price boosts on the 2021 US Open Golf Championship. Keep an eye on this section for all the top offers available as we build up to the second Golf major of the year.
US Open Golf Championship Form Guide
World Number 1: Dustin Johnson is usually the market leader when he plays in any event. Since winning the 2020 US Masters by 5 shots, his presence is enough to frighten most bookmakers, with large sums bet upon the popular American. A recent win back in February in Saudi Arabia has been followed by a dip in form, finishing outside the top ten on six occasions to the beginning of May. He ranks in the top 10 on the Tour in Scoring Average and for Shots Gained: Tee To Green overall, while he also ranks 8th in Driving Distance: All Drives. Johnson tends to go low key in the build up to the big events and usually times his return to form at the right time, which makes him a formidable opponent and a player to keep an eye on when picking a winner
Hideki Matsuyama became a hero in his homeland, after becoming the first Japanese player to win a Major, when taking the US Masters in April and he will have plenty of attention coming into this event. A stalwart on tour, the 29 year old has won fifteen professional tournaments, but none bigger than the Augusta victory. His all-round ability can be missed when looking at the Tour statistics, with his 15th ranked SG: Around The Green and 23rd SG: Tee To Green only showing one part of his excellent game.
Now in the top five in the OWGR, Bryson DeChambeau is another of golf’s star turns, with his power and distance leading him to be a popular player with fans of the sport. The 27 year old has nine career wins including the 2020 US Open. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier in the year and bagged a 3rd at The Players championship. He leads the tour on a multitude of statistics including: Distance Of All Drives, Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and SG: Tee-to-Green, while he ranks tied 1st in Par 5 scoring. He hasn’t played since the T46 at the Masters and it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the build up to the tournament over the next month.
Abraham Ancer is a player who has been in strong form recently, finishing in the Top 25 in six of his last seven starts, including a fifth in the Valspar Championship. His consistency across various testing courses has become a trademark of the Mexican’s game and he looks like a player who can deliver a Major win in the future.
Elsewhere, resurgences from the likes of Jordan Speith and Keegan Bradley cannot be ignores easily, with both former Major winners looking capable of getting back to their best, while those hovering around the top 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings, such as Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele will be expected to be in the hunt for the title, as they continue to show their consistency throughout the year and maintain their World rankings.
US Open Golf Championship Trends and Betting Insight
It can be difficult picking through the 156 player field, but there are some general trends within the US Open that offer a little help in whittling down the list of potential players to back for the event.
Dating back to 2010, nine of the last eleven winners of the US Open Golf Championship have resided in the World’s Top 25 ranked players. Experience of this event is crucial too, with all previous winners since 2010, previously finishing in the Top 25 in this tournament, while nine of those had played at least three US Open’s before winning.
As well as experience, form of sorts does play a key role, with nine of those eleven previous victors, winning an event on Tour within the current season or in the season prior. This can help to a degree, while previous performances in the Farmers Insurance Open can also be a guide, with this event played at Torrey Pines every year. Looking at that event alone, suggests Spaniard Jon Rahm could be a dark horse for the tournament, having won the Farmers event in 2017 and runner-up in 2020.
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Who Won the 2020 Event?
her than the aforementioned Bryson DeChambeau, who won the event by six shots at the Winged Foot venue, in a dominant display. The American has since won one event and finished in the top 10 on three occasions. Although form has been a little hit and miss since then, the title holder will relish defending his title at Torrey Pines.
US Open Golf Championship Defending Champions
Defending champions have had a tough time trying to retain their title, with only three players in the history of the event winning back to back US Open’s: Brooks Koepka (2017,2018), Curtis Strange (1988, 1999) and one Willie Anderson, who is the only player to win three in a row (1903,1904, 1905). Anderson himself also joins Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus as four-time winners.
And it’s not great for runners-up either, with Phil Mickelson missing out on the top spot by one place on six occasions!
What are the Best US Open betting markets?
Outside of the Outright winner market, there are plenty of interesting betting options on the US Open, with the Each-way market a valuable option for bettors looking for bigger odds. A lot of bookmakers offer extended places for these events, with some offering as many as 10 places prior to the tournament, giving players more betting options from the 156 man field.
Over interesting markets are the Three-Ball Market usually attributed to the first and second rounds. These basically create a mini competition between the players of the various groupings throughout the opening few days, with players betting on who scores the lowest round of the group (usually 3 players). This gives bettors an extra dynamic to the betting on the tournament, with the focus away from the top players.
Other bets include a Top 20 Finish at the end of a tournament, a Make The Cut bet, for a player to qualify for the weekend’s play and The Top American, European or British player market, which narrows the field by nationality or region, through to Prop bets on everything from a Hole In One being scored to a player Parring every single hole in a round. In the week prior to the US Open, it is wise to keep an eye on your favourite bookmaker for specials and enhancements to further the value of your selections
The US Open Golf Championship History
The first ever US Open Golf Championship was played in one day on October 4, 1895 over 36 holes at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Just eleven players entered the event, with ten pros and an amatuer. The first ever winner was Englishman Horace Rawlins, which started a period of British dominance in the event, winning all editions through to 1911, when John McDermott became the first ever “home” champion.
The American domination has continued throughout, ever since, with the remaining 104 editions of the US Open to 2020, won just 19 times by non-American players, with South Africa winning five tournaments, via Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen
Torrey Pines Golf Club
Torrey Pines Golf Club is a 36-hole public golf facility on the west coast of the United States, owned by the city of San Diego, California. It sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the community of La Jolla. Opened 64 years ago in 1957, it was built on the site of Camp Callan, a U.S. Army installation during World War II, with the courses designed by WIlliam Bell. Redesigns to the South course by Reese Jones in 2011 and the North course by Tom Weiskopf in 2016 have been the only major alterations since its development.
Torrey Pines Golf Club’s North and South course are used alternately for the Farmers Insurance Open, which the course has hosted since the 1960’s. However for the Major event held previously and this upcoming US Open, the South is favoured.
The South course will be hosting the 2021 US Open Golf Championship, as it did in 2008, in a tournament that was eventually won by Tiger Woods, having finished tied with Rocco Mediate in an 18 hole play-off, before finally winning on the 91st hole of the event.
The course is a Par 72 and plays to around 7,700 yards and is one of the longest tracks on Tour. The flat landscape lends itself to the bigger hitters on tour, but sand traps and the coastal winds off the San Diego coastline can be a major factor, as will the heavy rough expected for the event.
US Open Betting Tips FAQ
- Who are the best bookies for the US Open Golf Championship tournament?
The majority of bookmakers tend to offer plenty of enhancements and extra places on the US Open Golf Championship, but in particular, the likes of Sky Bet, Paddy Power and bet365 tend to go that extra mile for bettors, offering the most extra places compared to other bookmakers, along with plenty of other markets and prop bets on the event. In the week leading up to the tournament, these bookmakers also offer enhanced specials on the biggest names involved in the event
- How can I watch the US Open Golf Championship in the UK?
The US Open Golf Championship is usually shown live on Sky Sports Golf in the UK and Ireland, with the BBC showing highlights of the event too. Coverage is also available on radio across the BBC, while most bookmakers and news outlets will have rolling updates on their website, with the likes of bet365 potentially offering live streaming via their website.
- Who is the favourite to win the 2021 US Open Golf Championship
The favourite to win the event at the time of writing is Dustin Johnson once again. The World Number One is capable of pulling out all the stops and hurrying into a four or five shot lead, such is his ability, as was shown in his record breaking margin of victory at the 2020 US Masters, when winning by five strokes. He goes in as the market leaders, although the likes of Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau are very close in the betting behind.
- Where is the US Open Golf Championship held?
The US Open Golf Championship will be held at the South course of Torrey Pines, in San Diego, California and will be the second time this course has hosted the event, since Tiger Woods won in 2008. The course alongside it’s North counterpart is also used for the yearly Farmers Insurance Open