By Josh Powell | U.S. Open betting
If you’re anything like me you enjoy the challenge of making a quick buck relatively hassle-free. Unfortunately the days of selling Dip Dabs and cans of Fanta out of my rucksack in the corner of the playground are gone, and so my attention turns to the US Open.
Golf’s second major of the year gets underway on Thursday at the Merion Golf Club and promises to give us four days of poor fashion, angry spats and annoying American crowds. With a fair bit of golf thrown in for good measure.
Due to a couple of constraints (one of them being the missus, the other one being the boss) watching the coverage from day one right through to the final hole of the tournament is pretty much impossible. Plus having to wait until Sunday for any juicy profit puts a spanner in the works when there’s a bit of a soiree down the local on Friday night.
Taking all that into consideration here’s a quick look at some of the three-ball stats for round one and who has the superior head-to-head record when these trios play together to help you with an acca.
Paddy’s offering a helping hand to punters as well, by refunding losing four-folds or bigger if one leg on your two-ball or three-ball acca lets you down.
Bubba Watson v Dustin Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 6-3-3
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 1-0-1
2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson has the head-to-head advantage in this three ball, leading six times at the end of round one previously. These three have played twice at the US Open together with Bubba leading after round one in 2011 after shooting a 71.
Bubba Watson: 13/8
Phil Mickelson v Steve Stricker v Keegan Bradley
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 5-9-8
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 0-0-1
Phil Mickelson is the favourite for this three-ball but Lefty doesn’t have a great head-to-head record with his playing partners. Keegan Bradley’s round of 73 gave him the advantage in round one when these three played together in the 2012 US Open, and the 2011 PGA Championship winner could edge it again.
Keegan Bradley: 7/4
Matt Kuchar v Justin Rose v Brandt Snedeker
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 10-12-6
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 1-0-1
There isn’t much seperating Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar’s round one head-to-heads over the last three years. Rose tends to put himself in contention early in tournaments but in the three US Open tournaments that these three have played together he has always shot the worst score in round one. Matt Kuchar has two top 20 finishes in the last three years in the US Open.
Matt Kuchar: 13/8
Sergio Garcia v Stewart Cink v Padraig Harrington
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 5-4-10
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 5-3-2
Padraig Harrington was fourth in the US Open last year and has a clear advantage in the recent three-ball head-to-heads. But Sergio Garcia, who has two top 10 finishes in the last four years, leads the way when this trio play the US Open. Although Harrington is red-hot with the belly-putter, Sergio’s recent good form gives him a slender edge.
Sergio Garcia: 6/5
Ian Poulter v Jason Dufner v Boo Weekley
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 3-9-1
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 0-1-0
There is not a lot to choose between this trio in the round one three-balls but the stats give a clear indication on who should come out on top. Jason Dufner can Truffle Shuffle as well as Chunk and he has a far superior head-to-head when these three line up at the tee. In the 2007 US Open a round of 71 gave him the advantage against Poulter and Weekley and we’re backing him again.
Jason Dufner: 13/8
Luke Donald v Lee Westwood v Martin Kaymer
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 10-10-5
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 1-3-0
Lee Westwood and Luke Donald have both led 10 times each at the end of round one when these three golfers have played together since January 2010, but one man has the edge at the US Open. Step forward Westy who has topped the trio on three occasions in five US Open tournaments since 2008.
Lee Westwood: 11/8
Tiger Woods v Rory McIlroy v Adam Scott
Round one head-to-head scores (January 2010 – Now): 10-8-9
US Open round one head-to-head scores: 2-0-1
Tiger was firing on all cylinders before Memorial as he chases down Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Major victories. The world No1 just about nicks it on the head-to-head record in the last three years but has a clear advantage in the US Open. Twice he has led this three-ball at the tournament in 2010 and 2012, with a round one score of 69 last year giving him a massive lead.
Tiger Woods: 11/8
Throwing all seven of these selections in an acca is probably about as sensible as putting Made In Chelsea on series link. However if it comes in at 617/1 I’ll gladly spend a few quid on the boxset.
The four-fold of Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods might be the smarter bet at 38/1 especially with Paddy’s acca insurance if one leg lets you down.
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