Buckle your seatbelts.
The 2020 U.S. Open has arrived and judging from reports at Winged Foot, the host of this year’s second Major Championship, it’s going to be an absolute grind out there in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Narrow fairways, thick rough and fast greens should keep scoring low and that could lead to an interesting betting weekend. Which golfers does this type of grind-it-out style suit more? The GolfBet team shares their favorite matchup bets for
Louis Oosthuizen (-106) over Gary Woodland
Woodland is the defending champ, so he’s getting a little love over Louis, but I’ll go with the South African.
Oosthuizen finished ahead of Woodland in seven of the eight U.S. Opens in which they both played. The outlier being Gary’s win, of course.
Oosthuizen is also in better form, finishing ahead of Woodland in their last four shared starts.
I’ll take a shot on Oosthuizen to edge out the defending champ.
Matthew Wolff (-137) over Sebastian Munoz
Munoz has been one of the hottest golfers on TOUR, finishing with back-to-back top-8s (one being at difficult Olympia Fields), but Wolff has the off-the-tee game to perform well at Winged Foot ranking fourth in driving distance and 36th in fairways gained since the restart.
Munoz hasn’t done well in majors missing the cut in all three of his starts, while Wolff recently flirted with the lead on Sunday at TPC Harding Park.
Group B Winner: Patrick Reed +400 (Morikawa, Berger, Dechambeau, Simpson, Reed)
I love Patrick Reed this week. He has outstanding course history in the Northeast including a win at last year’s Northern Trust (Liberty National).
Whoever wins at Winged Foot will need to make some very difficult par saves. Reed is a wizard around the green and is great from 60-100 yards (a scenario I expect to see often this week when players inevitably miss the fairway).
His skill set combined with his strong mental game and ability to grind with tough scoring conditions makes him a strong bet to be the top player in this group.