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2022 marks the 122nd US OPEN, this year played in Massachusetts. Here’s the full preview and value bets from the Golf Insider

US Open 2022

The US Open is a prominent feature on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour schedules. The event is actually under the control of the USGA (United States Golf Association) who treat it very much as the opportunity to “torture” the players with the ultimate test of golf – tight fairways, long and penal rough, treacherous greens. The winner of the US Open is always viewed as a player who really has earned their reward as the conditions can be that difficult.

It was traditionally the second Major of the year, after the US Masters, but with the moving of the US PGA Championship (from August to May) it’s now become the third big golfing event on the calendar.

The tournament was first held in 1895 and since then the roll of honour has been dominated by home players with 86 of 121 champions coming from the US. The remaining 35 winners comprise Scotland (13), England (9), South Africa (5), Australia & Northern Ireland (2), New Zealand, Germany, Spain & Argentina (1). The leading individual winners are all some way back in the record books… Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus (all with 4 wins apiece). Next on the list come Hale Irwin and, more recently, Tiger Woods (each with 3 wins).

The field is typically 156 with the line-up drawn from a much wider catchment than, say, the US Masters… as the US Open is “open” to any professional golfer, or amateur, with the necessary handicap who either qualifies or is exempt on account of their status (past champion, world ranking etc).

The unique characteristic of this event used to be that should a play-off be required after 72 holes, the tied players come back the next day (Monday) and compete over another 18 holes – as Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate famously did here in 2008. Thankfully, this format has now been changed, and drastically shortened!

Prizemoney $12m ($2.25m to the winner)

Field: 156

Highest ranked players in the field Scheffler (1), Rahm (2), McIlroy (3), Cantlay (4), Thomas (5), Smith (6), Hovland (7), Morikawa (8), Burns (9), Spieth (10).

2021 result
-6 Jon Rahm ($11)
-5 Louis Oosthuizen ($51)
-3 Harris English ($67)
-2 Guido Migliozzi ($501)
-2 Brooks Koepka ($19)
-2 Collin Morikawa ($26)

US Open 2022: The Course

This year we’re at Brookline in Massachusetts. The course hosted the Ryder Cup in 1999, and this year will host the US Open for the fourth time – last in 1988 when Curtis Strange was the winner. The course was opened in the 1880s but has undergone several updates since, most recently by Gil Hanse. It’s long for a par 70, coming in at around 7,300 yards, and contains just two par 5s. Plenty of rough and small greens will make it a severe test for the players.

72-Hole Record 268: Rory McIlroy (2011)

18-Hole Record 63: Vijay Singh (2003), Justin Thomas (2017), Tommy Fleetwood (2018).

US Open: Past Winners

(2020) Bryson DeChambeau (Wolff – Oosthuizen – English – Schauffele)
(2019) Gary Woodland  (Koepka – Rahm, Reavie, Rose, Schauffele)
(2018) Brooks Koepka  (Fleetwood – Johnson – Reed – Finau)
(2017) Brooks Koepka  (Harman & Matsuyama – Fleetwood – Fowler, Haas)
(2016) Dustin Johnson (Furyk, Lowry & Piercy – Garcia & Price)
(2015) Jordan Spieth  (Johnson & Oosthuizen – Grace, Scott & Smith)
(2014) Martin Kaymer  (Compton & Fowler – Day, Johnson, Koepka & Stenson)
(2013) Justin Rose   (Day & Mickelson – Dufner, Els, Horschel & Mahan)
(2012) Webb Simpson  (McDowell & Thompson – Dufner, Furyk, Harrington & Toms)
(2011) Rory McIlroy  (Day – Chappell, Garrigus, Westwood & Yang)

US Open 2022: The Weather

A mostly dry week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 10%-50%-20%-10% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the low 80s, with plenty of cloud cover during the week. Winds will be moderate, with maximum wind speeds reaching just 14-16mph.

US Open 2022: Value Bets

These are two outright bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.

SAM BURNS @ $29 with TopSport

Along with Scheffler, Burns is the breakout player of the year. Another supreme ball-striker, ranking 8th for this metric, he has good length off the tee – which should be a help this week – plus solid iron play. Added to this, he’s also mustard with the putter in hand – so no wonder he’s won three times this season! There’s no a huge amount of Major experience in his resume, but Burns was 20th in the recent USPGA and backed that up with a win at the Charles Schwab, then a 5th at the weekend in Canada (closing with 65-65 over the weekend). So he’s clearly holding his form well. Coming out well on my personal ratings, the 25-year-old from Louisiana has the all-round game to put in another impressive effort.

$29

SUNGJAE IM @ $44 with TopSport

After a very bright start to his PGA Tour career, Im has fallen out of fashion (a little) as players like Scheffler, Burns & Homa have made most of the headlines. However, the South Korean, despite not winning so far in 2022, has some super solid numbers with 8-21-14-15-10 on his last five starts. Another immaculate ball-striker, where he currently ranks 3rd, Im has shown his ability to compete at the Majors with an eye-catching Top 10 at the US Masters. The 24-year-old is another with a very impressive game from tee-to-green, and has a tidy game around the greens (which will be needed this week at Brookline). I like the look of Im and for me he’s an easy addition to the staking plan.

$44

The Golf Insider is a GUN. Look at these winners, all since the start of 2020...

Martin Laird $201, Rasmus Hojgaard $151, Mark Hubbard $126, Marc Warren $101, Sam Burns $67, Tyrell Hatton $51, Peter Malnati $46, John Catlin $46, Talor Gooch $41, Harold Varner $36, Harris English $34, Robert Macintyre $31, Adri Arnaus $26, Connor Syme $26, Scott Jamieson $24, JB Holmes $21, Seamus Power $21, Dustin Johnson $21

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