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This Week’s PGA Tour Predictions!

Golf’s second major of the 2015 season goes down this week at Chambers Bay for the first time ever (the 2015 U.S. Open Championship). A 7,742-yard par 70 links style track awaits the contenders with serious elevation changes and three par 4s what will stretch out to 535+ yards apiece – yikes!

You can bet that there will be some frustration this week and some pretty high scores as well!

2015 PGA Tour Golf Gambling

When: June 11 – 14, 2015 on ESPN/NBC
Where: Chambers Bay – Tacoma, Wash
Purse: $8,000,000
Defending Champion: Martin Kaymer
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Improvisation, Driving Distance, Greens in Regulation, Sand Saves, Scrambling and Par 4 Scoring Average are all key traits to look at when doing your research this week. Bombers with a bit of creativity and patience, an ability to show up on the biggest stages and those with an overinflated confidence in themselves should do well.

So who should we keep an eye on this week?

Let’s take a peek.

2015 US Open Favorites:

Rory McIlroy 7/1

Rory should be a rested guy! He needed the rest off consecutive missed cuts in the BMW and Irish Open. But this is Rory we are talking about – his other starts over the last six months resulted in 1-8-1-4-11-9 place finishes including wins at TPC Harding Park and Quail Hollow – not too shabby! Rory may not be overwhelming favorite but whenever he enters a tournament is worth a mention.

Jordan Spieth 8/1

No matter the track, no matter the time, Spieth is a contender! He has been the best on the planet all year long and currently sits on top of TOUR in adjusted scoring, par-4 scoring and proximity from rough. The defending Master champ has ice in his veins and to his credit he went out and got caddie Michael Greller, knows Chambers Bay. Spieth’s ability and his smarts put him right in the mix this week for sure!

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Phil Mickelson 16/1

Has been ramping up his game –three top 5s in his last five starts overall including a T3 in Memphis. He apparently loves the layout here and his stats seem to support the notion that he should have a good week. Imagination is what is required at Chambers Bay and that is exactly what Mickelson has.

2015 US Open Contenders:

Dustin Johnson 18/1

Interesting name to watch this week – he certainly has the distance to contend but does he have the creativity? He withdrew after nine holes last week – a bit of a concern and he did have troubles at PGA National and TPC Sawgrass. DJ has two top 10s in US Opens and his length alone has him on the radar this week.

Justin Rose 18/1

Has been terrific as of late – three top two finishes in his last five PGA TOUR starts including a playoff loss at The Memorial two weeks ago. Impressive! His ball striking is elite and his average putter shouldn’t be a huge factor here this week. Although I don’t love Justin on a links style course, I do adore his game and his present form.

Rickie Fowler 18/1

Always shows up in Majors – Always! He has finished inside the top 15 in five straight Majors and having won the PLAYERS last month should be confident ahead of this week. He did miss the cut recently at The Memorial and The Zurich Classic but Ricky is too strong in the big events to ignore.

Henrik Stenson 25/1

Illness has slowed him lately but did finish T13 in his last start – the Nordea Masters in Sweden. He’s 2nd on the PGA Tour in GIR, 7th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and 10th in fairways hit. Stenson lives for the spotlight, has finished inside the top 30 in his last five US Open appearances including a T4 at Pinehurst and as one of the best ball strikers on the planet has to be in the conversation this week.

Hideki Matsuyama 28/1

Gotta love Hideki’s game – his putter isn’t great but it likely won’t need to be here, as in other tournaments. He enters off a T5 at The Memorial and hasn’t been worse than 23rd in his last seven tournaments. Matsuyama certainly has the game to contend here – don’t be surprised to see him in the mix this week.

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Jason Day 33/1

Has finished inside the top 5 at the US Open in three of the last four years but enters in just so-so form and with injury concerns once again. He’s tough though and is battle tested. His current form leaves something to be desired but Day’s skills can’t be underestimated.

Jimmy Walker 33/1

Has finished inside the top 10 in three of the last four majors. He can mash it off the tee and is first in strokes gained: putting on TOUR. He recently finished T2 at the Byron Nelson and is a sneaky 33/1 this week.

2015 US Open Sleepers (50/1 or higher):

Billy Horschel 50/1

Has improved every week lately – four top 20s in his last four starts including a T8 at Memphis. I had him last week to win and still like his chances this week, especially at this price. Confidence is a funny thing – Horschel has it in spades right now. Add in the fact that he has seen this track a few times over the last couple of months and Horschel looks like some good value here.

Brandt Snedeker 50/1

Sneds has been playing his best golf of the year lately – a T2 at Colonial and T6 at the Byron Nelson. He has the all-around game to contend – sixth in strokes gained: putting; third in scrambling. At 50/1 Brandt may be worth a look.

Ryan Moore 50/1

Local guy deserves a mention this week! He last finishes T18 at Memorial to go along with a T12 at the Masters. Moore sits 31st in strokes gained: tee-to-green – good for Chambers Bay. If you are the sentimental, home town supporter Moore may be your guy!

Tiger Woods 50/1

Ya right! He is more of a favorite to miss the cut than he is to win this week!

2015 US Open Picks:

My pick this week is a tad sentimental and a tad cerebral as well – Phil Mickelson at 18/1 gets the nod. He has tailored his schedule to play Majors and his ramp up has been very good. The fairways are generous, the style resembles St. Andrews which Phil has declared his love for and Chambers Bay seems to fit Phil’s game better than anyone on TOUR.

My sleeper this week is my pick from last week – Billy Horschel at 50/1 can his greens, he has a bit of momentum and he does have an OK history at US Opens. Horschel has steadily improved ever week – that improvement could culminate with a win on the biggest stage.

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