I’m not betting on any players in this week’s U.S. Open, but if I was these would be my favorite picks. As a proud American player, I have faith that our guys can regain the top spots in the golf world. One of those being the U.S. Open Champion. If an international player were to win this week it would be five consecutive majors without an American winner. That hasn’t happened ever in the modern grand slam era (Masters, U.S. Open, British, & PGA). As a rule in betting, always go with history… or something like that, so I would bet it wouldn’t happen this time either.
A safe bet is always Phil Mickelson. He is usually in the mix at the U.S. Open, but hasn’t ever closed the deal. I don’t think it matters that he’s not playing his best golf right now, Phil is a competitor and he really wants that U.S. Open title.
Two solid bets and big hitters are Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. Both have multiple PGA Tour victories and are just waiting to bust through that major championship barrier. Congressional is long and demanding off the tee, watch out for these two guys if they can keep it in play and make a few putts. Also, Dustin Johnson now has a veteran caddy in Joe LaCava can only help in such a pressure filled tournament.
My favorite pick is Jonathan Byrd. I’m a little biased and always pull for J Byrd, but I truly believe he has a great shot this week. For one, Jonathan loves to work the ball right to left, which is crucial at Congressional. Second, with five PGA Tour victories and several other close calls in big events, he is also very ready to win a the big one. He also has been working on a renewed attitude on the course. Always known as a Hogan-like grinder and perfectionist, J Byrd has created an alter ego “Johnny Byrd” to help free himself up in competition and be a little more accepting of mistakes. Everyone will make mistakes at the U.S. Open, whoever handles it and well makes the least amount will probably win. I really like “Johnny Byrd” this week at the U.S. Open.
As always it will be fun to watch. I’ll have more for you guys as the week rolls on. Enjoy U.S. Open week!