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Erik Van Rooyen
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There are a number of changes for this years US Open, there are no stands surrounding the 18th green and $14 million has been spent on a slight redesign in 2019 by Rees Jones that added more difficulty, although most of the work has been done underground including installing a new irrigation system. The most noticeable change is the moving of the par-4 17th fairway to the left, which brings the canyon more into play and there are new championship tees stretching the course to 7,765 yards.
The South course at Torrey Pines was designed by William F Bell and opened for play in 1957. Rees Jones was commissioned to undertake a redesign in 2001 so the course would be ready for the 2008 US Open Championship. Who could forget that dramatic Championship which ended with Tiger Woods beating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (after an 18 hole play off) and with a fractured bone in one leg.
Torrey Pines sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla south of Torrey Pines State Reserve. Tight fairways, lush rough, pine trees, strategic bunkering and deep ravines are just some of the challenges ahead. Throw in the changing weather conditions, when fog, wind and rain come into play, they can often sweep in on this seaside layout. But you have a course that offers even the best golfers in the world a tough examination of their skills, both physically and mentally. Saying that I have shot a 57 on this course, but then that was on my PSP!
The complex takes its name from the indigenous Torrey Pine which is native to the area. The course is maintained by the City of San Diego and is open to the public and has enjoyed numerous awards, included amongst them is Golf Magazine's "Top 500 Holes in the World", 2000 (Par 4, 12th Hole) and Golf Digest Magazine's "America's 100 Greatest Public Access Golf Courses", 2005-2006.
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With a lot of bookies now moving to 1/5 of the odds for places, we will try to only show bookies who still offer 1/4 of the odds and bring you the best golf betting tips available for players price and place.
My tips to Win:
I must admit I felt it was disgusting the way the PGA Tour handled the Jon Rahm 10/1 — with WilliamHill — COVID situation, but one thing is for sure we all got to see where Jon’s game is, on a tough course and coming to a course where he has a win, a runner-up and a Top 5 from his five starts at Torrey Pines he will be the man to beat this week.
Keeping the ball out of the rough and good iron play are going to be key this week and Collin Morikawa 25/1 — with UniBet — has that in abundance, 1st in SG Tee-to-green, 1st in SG Approach to the green, 1st in birdie average, 1st in greens in regulation and 12th in driving accuracy. All that adds up to is a man who hits fairways and greens and holes birdie putts, every thing you need for a US Open set up.
On the other hand Viktor Hovland 28/1 — with SportingIndex — may not be leading in too many stats categories but he knows how to get the job done and has the mentality to coup with everything the USGA will throw at the players this week. Viktor missed the cut the first time he teed it up at Torrey Pines, but came back this year to take the runner-up spot at the Farmers Insurance Open and I expect to see him challenging again this week.
Arriving here this week Patrick Reed 33/1 — with BetVictor — will only have a lot of positive memories of his win here earlier in the year at the Farmers Insurance Open, but lets not forget Patrick had a steady progression to that win after not playing well in his first two starts at Torrey Pines he then went Top 25, Top 15, Top 10 then win. Reed has had sixteen starts this season on the PGA Tour and he has finished in the Top 25 eleven times and had a Top 5 in his last start at The Memorial Tournament and I expect him to be in the thick of it again come Sunday.
Well, if Tyrell Hatton 50/1 — with 10Bet — putter survived being tied to the back of his car and dragged along the road all the way back to the airport to teach it a lesson, then these will turn out to be very good odds! As I said last week when tipping Hatton it does amaze me how he can take a break and then turn up and compete and as he said after his final round Sunday, his long game is in great shape, let's hope the putter behaves.
Six starts on both the European and PGA Tours and Garrick Higgo 70/1 — with SportingIndex — has three wins and two Top 10s and while he may have backed into this win — although he did feel the heat on the last three holes and made sure unlike the other challengers that he never dropped a shot — those stats mean Garrick is bang in form and not afraid to win, he may not have played at Torrey Pines, but then that didn’t stop Jon Rahm winning the Farmers Insurance Open at his first attempt!
Try Erik Van Rooyen 250/1 — with PaddyPower
As always good luck