Matt Fitzpatrick became the seventh European golfer since the war to win the US Open when he was successful 12 months ago and there are several players looking to emulate his success at this year’s tournament.
|Where||Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, California|
|When||Thursday, June 15 - Sunday, June 18|
|How to watch||bet365 Live Golf Tracker, NBC, Peacock, USA Network|
|Odds||Scottie Scheffler +600, Jon Rahm +1000, Brooks Koepka +1100, Rory McIlroy +1200|
It seems like just a matter of time before Viktor Hovland wins a major and he could make it a European hat-trick at the Los Angeles Country Club, California this week.
The Norwegian faded to finish seventh at the Masters, but he has not allowed that to knock him off his stride and he has saved some of his best play for the biggest tournaments this year.
He was tied for third at the Players Championship and, alongside Scottie Scheffler, he was Brooks Koepka’s nearest challenger at last month’s US PGA Championship.
A play-off victory in the prestigious Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village followed soon after, so while he missed the cut at Brookline last year, a much better performance can be expected and this could be his time at +1600.
Matt Fitzpatrick got the job done in Massachusetts last year, which was not only his first major triumph but also his maiden success on the PGA Tour.
The Sheffield swinger has firmly established himself in the world’s top 10 and has already shown that his 2022 success was not a fluke, having followed a 10th spot at the Masters with a play-off win over Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage the following week.
He missed the cut at the US PGA, but he was subsequently ninth at the Memorial and 20th last week in Canada when his thoughts would have probably started to turn towards the defense of his title.
It would not be a surprise if he made another bold bid at +2800.
Tyrrell Hatton has claimed just one top-10 finish in six appearances at the US Open but the man from High Wycombe has a good chance of boosting that record this week.
Hatton, who is +3000 for what would be a first major triumph, heads to the west coast in good form having finished 15th at the US PGA and has posted three top-10 finishes in his last five tournaments.
He was third at the Wells Fargo, fifth at the Byron Nelson and claimed third spot in Canada on Sunday after storming to a strong finish with a closing 64.
He has never finished better than fifth in a major, but if he can keep his temper in check and his putter is hot, don’t be surprised if that changes.
It is 10 years since Justin Rose won his only major in the US Open at Merion, but the Englishman has been in good form over the last year and will interest plenty of punters at +3500 this week.
Rose has already won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February and he heads to Los Angeles in good touch having finished 16th at the Masters and ninth at the US PGA.
He has subsequently been 12th at the Charles Schwab Challenge and was eighth at the Canadian Open last week, and Rose definitely has the temperament to be a force in the year’s third Major.
Tommy Fleetwood’s wait for a PGA Tour success goes on after he was unable to topple home favourite Nick Taylor in a play-off at the Canadian Open.
However, his strong weekend should stand him in good stead and he could be an attractive proposition at +4000.
It was his third top-five finish in the last couple of months after he was third at the Valspar Championship and fifth at the Wells Fargo in the last few months and he knows what it is like to challenge in a US Open after finishing fourth in 2017 and second in 2018.
His return to form could prove timely.