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U.S. Open week is upon us with golf’s best set to take on Winged Foot in New York for what will be the first of six majors we’ll see between now and next July with the new-look schedule.
With it being a major, there are plenty of storylines to pay attention to this week. Gary Woodland is looking to defend his U.S. Open title, Brooks Koepka isn’t in the field this week after withdrawing due to an injury, Phil Mickelson is returning to the place that created a personal nightmare in 2006, and Tiger Woods is on the hunt for major No. 16.
Beyond the storylines of the players, the course itself will likely be the top talking point this week thanks to being set up as a tremendous test. Given the undulating greens, tight tee shots, and the rough making golf balls disappear, players are in store for a serious, serious battle.
Having said that, there are still plenty of opportunities here to find some value in the betting world and BetMGM has you covered in that department, especially when it comes to unique, prop-style bets.
3 Unique Bets To Consider For The U.S. Open
Will Bryson DeChambeau Make The Cut?
The Bet: No (+195)
Bryson DeChambeau could very well come out and overpower this golf course, which is absolutely going to favor long-hitters like himself, but he could also find himself in some serious trouble, and fast, if he can’t keep it in play off the tee.
DeChambeau leads the Tour in average driving distance, but when the season wrapped up two weeks ago, he finished 140th in driving accuracy. Beyond the driver, he ranked 199th and 111th, respectively, in strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: around the green. If he finds himself in trouble with this treacherous rough, it could be a short week.
He played exceptionally after the Tour’s restart but slowed down with a missed cut and a 50th place finish in two of his final three events of the season.
Winner In The Final Group In The Final Round?
The Bet: No (+175)
This is a bet where you simply say ‘keep it simple, stupid.’ Major championships separate the field in a hurry, and that’s especially true at U.S. Open venues like Winged Foot where large numbers are to be had.
When it comes down to it, it’s hard to see two players completely distance themselves from the rest of the field. This week feels like a week where there will be a handful of guys still in contention come the back-nine on Sunday. With so much risk and with Winged Foot not set up to yield many birdies, it’s not far fetched at all to see someone outside of the final group on Sunday swoop in and win.
Top 10 Finish (Ties Included)
The Bet: Daniel Berger (+300)
We can’t sit here and not make one player-focused bet, and Daniel Berger with +300 odds to finish Top 10 seems too good to pass up.
Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge back in June, the PGA Tour’s first event following its pause in the season, and he essentially never cooled off. The 27-year-old missed only one cut over the course of his next seven tournaments. In those other six events, he finished no worse than T-25 and picked up three Top 10 finishes along the way.
The Florida State product, despite being the No. 13 ranked player in the world, still flies criminally under the radar. This could be the week he finally catches the eyes of the casual golf fan out there with a great showing at Winged Foot.
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