US Open - Golf: Steve Palmer's Top Category Selections

15 June 2022 01:00:01 GMTPlus10
Jim Furyk could be the player to follow among the three veterans

The US Open at Brookline, Massachusetts is just around the corner and there are a wealth of markets to interest the golfing punter in you.

Racing Post golf tipster Steve Palmer picks out his favourite bets from the US Open Top Golfer by Category section, with the action available to follow on the bet365 Live Golf Tracker.

Top Amateur

Michael Thorbjornsen may be a new name to the casual golf fan, but the 20-year-old is an amateur who appears to be going places fast and the local lad could make waves at the US Open.

Thorbjornsen won the 2018 US Junior Amateur then made the cut in the 2019 US Open. Last year he won the Massachusetts Amateur - he lives in the State and will enjoy huge home support this week - and this rising star seems capable of causing a 14/1 upset in the top amateur market.

Japanese ace Keita Nakajima is a worthy favourite, but Thorbjornsen arguably represents a better value option.

Top American

Take a chance on Korn Ferry Tour star Taylor Montgomery in the top American market.

The each-way terms are a quarter the odds, the first four places, so backers will probably be in business if 190/1 chance Montgomery can get his name on the first page of the leaderboard.

The improving 27-year-old can boast form figures of 4-13-4-2-8 on the Korn Ferry circuit and he has already secured promotion to the PGA Tour for next season.

He was 11th in the Farmers Insurance Open in January - a PGA Tour event at a US Open venue - Torrey Pines.

Montgomery is teeing up in his second US Open, having finished 57th in his first, and may be ready to make a serious impact this time.

Top Canadian

Corey Conners signed off from the Canadian Open on Sunday with a final-round 62, finishing sixth and the 30-year-old's rock-solid long-game makes him an attractive 6/4 favourite in the top Canadian market.

Conners is a greens-in-regulation machine who should be able to handle the stiff tee-to-green test of Brookline better than his compatriots.

He also has positive course experience, having been a semi-finalist in the 2013 US Amateur Championship at Brookline.

With Masters form of 10-8-6 from the last three years, Conners has shown he is maturing into a Major contender.

Top Korean

Another favourite to trust is Sungjae Im at 13/10 for top Korean. This class act has finished 15th and tenth in his last two PGA Tour starts and appears to be rounding into form at the perfect time to contend at Brookline.

Im showed when finishing second in the 2020 Masters that he is undaunted by Major arenas and he could spend a week on the US Open leaderboard. His compatriots seem far less likely to make an impression in Massachusetts.

Top Scandinavian

Viktor Hovland is an imperious ball-striker who has won three times on the PGA Tour and twice on the DP World Tour.

The potential world number one can be strongly fancied at evens to defeat weak opposition in the top Scandinavian market.

Hovland finished 12th and 13th in his first two US Opens, before a freak eye injury ended his participation in last year's renewal.

With so little to beat in the Scandinavian section, Hovland will probably have to be a long way from his A-game for his backers to go unrewarded.

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Top Senior

Perhaps the best Top Golfer by Category bet of them all is Jim Furyk in the top Senior market at 3/1. This is a three-runner heat with Phil Mickelson and Fran Quinn.

Mickelson will probably struggle to concentrate this week, given he has been labelled Public Enemy No.1 by the large majority of American golf fans who are fuming that he has defected from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf circuit.

Lots of New Yorkers will be in attendance this week and a boisterous crowd could give Mickelson a rough ride.

Furyk has made the cut in his last six US Open appearances and he thrashed Sergio Garcia in the singles of the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline.

A standard US Open performance from Furyk will probably be enough for him to leave Mickelson and shock qualifier Quinn in his wake.

Mickelson needs to win the US Open to complete a career Grand Slam of Majors, but just making the cut would an achievement given the scrutiny and pressure he is under in Massachusetts this week.

Top South African

Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace also joined the LIV Golf circuit last week and will probably not get their usual reception from the Stateside galleries, not to mention their peers in the locker room who were doubtless so disappointed with their decision.

If Oosthuizen and Grace fail to sparkle in Brookline, the stage may be left clear for MJ Daffue to finish as top South African at 19/4.

Daffue has been enjoying an excellent Korn Ferry Tour campaign and will be playing on the PGA Tour next season. After qualifying for the US Open, the journeyman has got a spring in his step for his Major debut.

By Steve Palmer

What: 122nd US Open

Where: The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts

When: Tournament starts 11:45am, Thursday 16th June 2022

How to watch: Sky Sports Main EventĀ and Sky Sports Golf. Follow on bet365's Live Golf Tracker

Odds: Rory McIlroy 10/1, Justin Thomas 12/1, Jon Rahm 14/1, Scottie Scheffler 14/1, Cameron Smith 20/1

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