2018 U.S Golf Open
Golf is a sport that has grown in popularity with both spectators and bettors. With both local and international tournaments being broadcast or streamed live around the world, punters can place bets online and watch live as the action unfolds. While there are plenty of tournaments throughout the year, the 4 Majors are responsible for most of the golf betting action. These include the Masters, the U.S Open, the Open and the PGA Championships.
In just a few weeks’ time, the golfing world will turn their attention to one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Kicking off on the 14th of June and running to the 17th of June, the United States Open (U.S Open) is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, and the ideal opportunity for punters to get in on the action.
The Origins of the U.S Open
The origins of the U.S Open date back to the 1890’s, when the first tournament was played at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. The original tournament was played on a 9-hole course and consisted of just 36 holes. A total of 11 players entered, and it was won by a British player by the name of Horace Rawlings.
During the first few years, the competition was dominated by players from the UK, however in 1911, the trend switched. Since 1911, the U.S has produced more winners than any other nation in the tournament. In fact, in the last 20 years, just 6 non-U.S players have held the trophy. This includes players from Northern Ireland, England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
What Happened in 2017?
Last year, the U.S Open was held at Erin Hills. The structure of the tournament is such that it is characterised by a tight leader board, with very little between the top players. On the final day, the 3 top players who have a shot at the title included Brian Harman from the U.S, Hideki Matsuyama from Japan, and Brooks Koepka from the U.S. After a blistering start, it was Brooks Koepka who raced out ahead and managed to finish 4 strokes ahead of his rivals, claiming the trophy for the first time.
Players qualify for the U.S Open through official PGA rankings and placings at other PGA tournaments. The tournament is also open to winners from the past 10 years. This means that we can expect the like of Justin Rose, Martin Kramer, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth at the 2018 event. This year, the U.S Open will be held at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.
2018 Betting Options
For anyone interested in online sports betting, there are plenty of opportunities available online. The most popular bet is the straight up tournament bet. This involves predicting which player will win the tournament outright. Bets can also be placed on each day of the event, predicting who will be leading on day 1, day 2 and so forth. Head to head bets are also popular in golf where one player is pitted against another.
If you are keen to put money down on the 2018 US Golf Open you can find all you need at William Hill, Betway Sports, Bodog, 888 Sport, Spin Palace Sports and SportsBetting.ag.