If you’re big on betting on golf you can’t wait until June 16th when the U.S. Open begins at Oakmont Country Club in Plum, Pennsylvania.
2016 U.S. Open championship favorites
Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is the odds-on favorite, but has also just set a dangerous precedent. In 2015, Spieth became the second youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament. This year, he suffered one of the biggest collapses in Masters history after leading by five strokes halfway through the final round. To put it bluntly, he choked worse than King George VI in a rap battle. Will he choke again at the 2016 U.S. Open championship after becoming the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923?
Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman is inarguably one of the best, but he is also a fair-weather golfer. On 17 July 2011, after a poor performance over the weekend in the 2011 Open Championship, McIlroy told the press he was “not a fan of golf tournaments that are predicted so much by the weather,” adding that he would rather “wait for a year when the weather is nice” as opposed to tuning his game to prepare for the Open Championship. He concluded that he would “rather play when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.” Then again, he went to win that year’s Open, so who knows?
Jason Day. The Australian is a top contender but, would you really bet on golf on a guy who, by his own admission, is sleep-deprived during big tourneys? “Usually if I’m in contention at the tournament, I don’t sleep at all,” Day told reporters during the RBC Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. “Like if I’m around the lead, which I was, but I wasn’t really in it the whole way Sunday, usually if Sunday rolls around and I’m in contention, I have a chance to win and I’m right there, Sunday night I get no sleep. I get about two hours of sleep because I’m so amped from what’s going on that day. But I think it was just such a long ten days that I was there, that I was just so mentally, physically done, that I had a good sleep on Sunday.”
Dustin Johnson. What can be said of Dustin Johnson? What, indeed? If I were an emotional gambler, I would not only bet against him, but would wish he lost in the worst kind of way. What does he need to win for? He’s already engaged to Paulina Gretzky. Come on, Johnson, leave something for the rest of us.
Rickie Fowler. Are you guys talking about Rickie Fowler? I know Ricki Fowler! Rickie Fowler once shot 110 on a pro golf course left-handed. Rickie Fowler once nailed a 111-yard hole-in-one for a $1 million jackpot. Fowler used to ride upon a steed, perchance to spy a lady.