US Open Handicapping Picks and Betting Preview

by Earl Campbell | September 14, 2020 |

Welcome to the Spooky Express’s weekly golf breakdown, where we dive in head first to this week’s tournament and look for your best options for betting.  In this week’s article, we will take a look at the course, course history, recent form and many other variables that we feel will have a bearing on the outcome of this week’s tournament.  Without any further delay, let’s take a look at the US Open.  

The pro’s of the PGA head to Mamaroneck, New York this week for the 2020 US Open.  Before we talk about this week, let’s briefly go over last week at the Safeway Open and the Portugal Masters.

First off, we woke up on Sunday morning and our golfer Laurie Canter was in 1st place.  It was a pleasant surprise but the enjoyment was short lived as George Coetzee shot a 66 in 3 of the 4 days to win over Canter by 2 strokes.

Then, later on in the evening, we had Doc Redman and while most of us were busy watching football, Redman shot a -10 under par on Sunday to move into 3rd place but just couldn’t beat the veteran Stewart Cink.  Cink shot a -21 under par for the week to win the 2020 Safeway Open.    

Enough about last week and how close we were and let’s jump into a major and the 2020 US Open.  

US Open Tournament Details

Current Champion: Gary Woodland

Dates: Sept. 17-20, 2020

Prize Pool: $12,500,000

The US Open will take place starting Thursday, September 17 and run for 4 consecutive days, ending on September 20, 2020.  Originally, the US Open took place during the third week of June however due to Covid-19 pandemic, it was forced to reschedule.  With the FedEx Cup taking place over the past month, this is technically part of the 2020-2021 schedule.  

Ironically, this year, the tournament will also have a new home on television, with Fox Sports no longer holding the rights to the tournament and NBC taking over.  Many people, including some close to the situation, felt that holding the US Open in September and having the NFL season run concurrent with the US Open would cause interference with the broadcast.  Due to that, the decision was made for the folks at Fox to relinquish the rights to the US Open Golf Tournament.  

You will now be able to watch the US Open on the Golf Channel, NBC and NBC’s new app, Peacock. 

The tournament has a prize pool of $12.5 million dollars with the winner taking home his share of the prize pool, which this year happens to be $2.25 million dollars.  

This year, there will be several prior winners of the US Open participating in the tournament.  Golfers such as Gary Woodland 2019, Dustin Johnson 2016, Jordan Spieth 2015, Martin Kaymer 2014, Justin Rose 2013, Webb Simpson 2012, Rory McIlroy 2011, Graeme McDowell 2010 Lucas Glover 2009 and Tiger Woods in 2008, 2002 and 2000 will all be participating this year.  

The Course – Winged Foot Golf Club 

Mamaroneck, New York

Par 70

7,477 yards

The US Open will be played this year at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.  Winged Foot GC is a private club that was founded in 1921.  The course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast.  

In 2017, Gil Hanse restored all 18 greens so that they were to their original layout.  If you are looking for some other courses that were designed by Tillinghast, you can check out Baltusrol and Bethpage Black.  

The US Open will be played on the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club. The course is normally a par 72 that plays as a 7,264 yard course however this year for the US Open, it will play longer as a par 70, at 7,477 yards.  

 Make no mistake about it, this course looks like it will bring out the best in golfers.  Don’t expect one of those high scoring weekends with the score ending in the -25’s.  I actually would not be shocked whatsoever if we see the winner of this US Open with a score in the plus margin.  

The Greens

You ask yourself what makes Winged Foot such a hard course to play on….well, it is simple, the greens are pure hell for golfers.  They are small.  They are fast.  They have some of the most egregious slopping that golfers will see at any course throughout their careers.  

Additionally, every single green on Winged Foot’s West Course is covered by a bunker, with the exception of the 6th and the 18th hole.  That means that even the approach shots are going to be difficult as they need to plan out their approach carefully, so they don’t end up playing out of these deep bunkers.  

The Rough

The rough at Winged Foot can be penalizing and this year, they say the rough is as high as 6 inches in some parts.  With the rough being penalizing, you can expect some golfers to come out with some big scores +10 to +15, maybe even higher.  

The bottom line, if your golfer is not accurate off the tee and misses the fairways, they could be in for a long week of golf.

The Fairways

The fairways here at Winged Foot are very unique in the fact that they are flat as a board yet narrow as some of the smallest on tour. They can be pretty intimidating while staring down off the tee, because they look more narrow than they actually play. 

US Open System Attributes

Course attributes for this tournament are so important, I can’t stress that enough.  You have to follow what has proven successful in years past or you will find your golfer missing the cut or playing from well behind.  

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking

Greens In Regulation

Par 4’s Gained: 450-500 YDS

Proximity 200 + Yards

Driving Accuracy

Scrambling

Driving Distance

Strokes Gained: Putting

Single Wagers To Win

Xander Schauffele +1800 at USDice for 2 Units

Our top play this week is none other than Xander Schauffele.  Xander comes in with some really nice stats that fit this course and we think he has a great shot at capturing a win in the US Open. Xander is 16th in the tournament for Driving Distance and he ranks 4th in Greens in Reg.  If he shows up and his stats read true to his form, he should win this tournament! 

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