From June 16 to 19, some of the best golfers in the world are going to be meeting at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania to see who will win the winner’s purse of $1.62 million. With around 156 players participating, the field looks to be a bit crowded. The golf world will be closely watching the results as fan favorites will be clashing to see who will come out on top.
Though the game of kings is very much a sedate sport, its fans can be as passionate as any other sport’s. This means this event is a prime opportunity for many of them to make a wager on the upcoming games. Sports bettors with a bit of interest in golf will also find the US Open 2016 a great chance for placing bets.
US Open Golf 2016
For newcomers to the golf betting, the US Open is one of the biggest events around. First started at the dawn of the 20th century with only 11 participants, the Open has blossomed into a major golfing event with participants from all over the world.
The main qualification for being part of the open is to have an up-to-date USGA handicap of around 1.4. This means that players participating in the Open, whether male or female, are always the best of the best, ensuring that any spectators will be treated to a great game. The player will have to qualify through local qualifiers or by being exempted.
There is a long list of players who can automatically become part of the Open. This includes winners of the US Open for the last ten years, the winner and runner-up from the previous year’s U.S. Amateur, winner of the previous year’s Amateur Championship, and other champions of the past.
It is not just the champions, either. The top 10 finishers and ties from the previous year’s U.S. Open are also qualified, along with the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and many more. Some of those who qualified cannot attend so the list is usually rounded out by those who qualify locally. The tournament itself uses a playoff format, having a cutoff amount of players for the finals.
Golf players to watch out for
With such a wide field of players, it can be hard to pick out whom to bet on. Additionally, most of the bets on online sportsbooks like VitalBet and Nitrogen Sports are focused on individual matches. There are some notable names to remember, though.
First, there is Dustin Johnson. He was almost the winner last year with a putt between him and victory. Second, there is Phil Mickelson. He has never won a US Open but has been second place six times. This might be his year.
Other favorites include Hideki Matsuyama and Matthew Fitzpatrick, two young golfers with a lot to prove. They may have the skill to get the trophy, but this depends on their performance when they are pitted against other professional golfers, including Jason Day, who has already made five US Open appearances. Day finished in the top 10 of the US Open four times so far and snatched two runner-ups.
With a diverse field, anyone can be a winner. This only adds spice to the wagering and watching, especially when betting on a variety of online sportsbooks that cover this major golf event.