The season’s third major has arrived, and the world’s best golfers will descend of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links in California for the 2019 US Open from Friday morning Australian time.
The US Open proved to be the toughest major of the 2018 season at a canter, but the field won’t be faced with the almost impossible task of mastering Shinnecock Hills this time around and we should be treated to a wide-open and even contest.
Brooks Koepka has been in a league of his own for most of the season and he remains the joint $9 favourite to win the 2019 US Open alongside usual suspects Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.
You can find our 2019 US Open tips below, including best roughie.
Brooks Koepka ($9)
Koepka has been one of the world’s most lethal golfers for several seasons now, but he really has returned in particularly devastating form in 2019 and if he brings his best to Pebble Beach, he’s clearly the one to beat.
Having opened the season with a classy win at Nine Bridges late last year, Koepka has continued to return quality results and finished in a tie for second at The Masters, before successfully defending the PGA Championship last month. His performance at the Canadian Open most recently wasn’t the best of his season but take that with grain of salt – there’s no doubt that he’s ready to fire again at Pebble Beach.
Adam Scott ($31)
Adam Scott has returned some outstanding performances this time and there is little doubt that he is Australia’s best chance of winning the 2019 US Open.
The former Masters champion is another player that is yet to secure a win this season, but he’s been right in the finish on several occasions and his timing of form appears to be spot on for the US Open. Having finished in a tie for 18th in the race towards this year’s green jacket, Scott finished in a tie for eighth at the PGA Championship last month and was last seen finishing second at the Memorial Tournament.
He’s primed for a decent showing and is worth consideration to win at $31.
Tony Finau ($41)
Tony Finau was one of the few shining lights at the 2018 US Open and I am confident that he can fight out the finish of this year’s tournament.
The twenty-nine-year-old is yet to win a tournament this season, but he has returned three quality efforts to finish second, while also tying in a finish for fifth at The Masters most notably. He’s been a player that has tended to keep his best performances for the really big moments, and he does appear to be on the verge of a maiden major title.
The $41 that is on offer for him to win the 2019 US Open looks to be a touch of overs.
Best Roughie – Henrik Stenson ($81)
Former world number one Henrik Stenson isn’t in the form that saw him win the British Open in 2016, but he’s recorded a few pleasing results this season and if he is thereabouts on the final day, there is no doubt that he has the patience and calm demeanour required to finish it off.
The forty-three-year-old will obviously need to produce the best performance of his season so far to win, but there’s plenty of value to be found in backing him for a top ten, or top 20 finish.