There are a plethora of storylines heading into this year’s US Open with Brooks Koepka seeking to win the tournament for the third consecutive year and Tiger Woods targeting his 16th major title. Pebble Beach will host the third major of the season and there are plenty of different betting markets to get stuck into alongside the outright tournament.

The case has already been made for Tiger Woods and Patrick Cantlay to challenge for victory in the US Open preview. It looks worth backing those two, along with Jordan Spieth to all finish in the top ten at generous odds of 16/1.

Woods won the tournament at Pebble Beach by 15 shots in 2000 while Cantlay comes in with brilliant form after a victory at Muirfield Village. Spieth may fall short of contending for the win, with his long game still unreliable, but there have been encouraging signs in recent weeks.

The three-time major champion has finished inside the top ten of his last three events including third place at last month’s PGA Championship. Spieth also loves this course, having won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am two years ago and finished fourth in 2014.

 

McDowell returns to scene of triumph

Graeme McDowell will be relishing his return to the California coast after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010. The Northern Irishman has rediscovered his game this season with a victory in the Dominican Republic and he comes in off a huge personal boost in Canada.

Eighth place on Sunday clinched his spot at his home course, Royal Portrush, for next month’s Open Championship. An elated McDowell, who is fifth this season in strokes gained putting, looks worth backing to post another top ten at the scene of his greatest triumph at 6/1.

FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Graeme McDowell of Ireland ball wave on the third green during the first round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 16, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer has endured a spell in the doldrums with the German winless since his US Open victory in 2014 but there have been positive signs in recent weeks. Kaymer finished eighth at the British Masters last month and led for much of the Memorial Tournament in his last start.

The 34-year-old was overtaken by Cantlay but third spot was still a big step in the right direction. Kaymer was eighth at Pebble Beach in the 2010 US Open and another top ten looks realistic at 15/2.

 

Putnam primed to perform at Pebble Beach

Andrew Putnam comes into this week’s major with confidence and should be optimistic of a solid showing. Putnam finished third at Colonial last month and followed this up with a tie for 17th at Muirfield Village.

The 30-year-old has played plenty of rounds at Pebble Beach and describes it as one of his favourite courses in the world. Putnam is second on tour for strokes gained putting and, with his touch around the small greens, looks well equipped to finish inside the top 20 at 8/1.

Another player worth following is Erik van Rooyen. The South African has been consistently churning out high finishes both in Europe and the PGA Tour. Van Rooyen made his major debut at last year’s Open Championship finishing an impressive 17th. A tie for eighth last month’s PGA Championship was another excellent performance. Five of his last seven tournaments have seen him finish inside the top 20 and another one looks well within his sights at 11/2.

HAMILTON, ONTARIO - JUNE 06: Erik van Rooyen of South Africa plays a shot from a bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 06, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

 

Wallace can make another fast start

Matt Wallace is quickly establishing himself as a player for the big stage and the confident Englishman can make another fast start this week at Pebble Beach. Wallace produced his best major finish last month after a tie for third at the PGA Championship.

Wallace has made a habit of low opening rounds recently, sitting second after the first 18 holes at the British Masters. He was ninth after the first round at Bethpage Black and a 67 put him sixth after the opening 18 holes at the Made in Denmark. With an early tee time on Thursday, light winds forecast and the best of the poa annua greens should give Wallace another big chance to challenge for the first round lead at 66/1 each way.

Tips:

Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay all to finish in the top ten

Graeme McDowell to finish top ten 

Martin Kaymer to finish top ten 

Andrew Putnam to finish top 20 

Erik van Rooyen to finish top 20 

Matt Wallace to be first round leader Each Way 

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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