DraftKings have a whole host of player prop bets for the upcoming 2021 US Open, we take a quick look at some of the best prop bets that have taken our fancy.
Top English Golfer
Many of England’s finest golfer’s now ply their trade on the PGA Tour, but one golfer who hasn’t fully committed to the U.S. Tour is Lee Westwood. Westwood, now 48 is enjoying a career renaissance, the winner of The European Tour’s Race to Dubai, a battling second in this year’s Honda Classic and a third-place finish at The Players Championship has seen Westwood come from Ryder Cup long shot to a guaranteed pick.
Westwood has U.S. Open form, this being his 20th appearance. He has finished third twice in 2008 and 2011 and has a total of five Top 10 finishes. Currently priced at +1200 to finish as the top English player and +400 to finish in the top 3 English players, I think at the prices this presents fantastic value. Ahead of Westwood are Hatton, Casey, Fleetwood, Rose, Fitzpatrick, Wallace, and Poulter, all of whom haven’t had particularly great seasons. We are backing the man from Worksop to continue his fine year and finish as the best of the English bunch.
Top South African Golfer
South African golf is booming, with each week that passes a new South African seems to announce themselves to the rest of The PGA Tour. Last week Garrick Higgo became the latest South African to win on tour by winning the Palmetto Championship, however, it’s another South African who we are backing to be the country’s leading player.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is currently priced at +550 to be South Africa’s leading player and we think the big South African represents some value. Bezuidenhout is a two time European Tour winner, but notably one of his victories came in the Alfred Dunhill Links, a tournament contested across some of Scotland’s finest links golf courses. Usually held in awful conditions a player who can win the Alfred Dunhill has a game to tame any course. With the players this week competing on an ocean side course Bezuidenhout should have the game to deal with the conditions.
Whilst the golfing world was getting wrapped up in Mickelson mania at the US PGA, Bezuidenhout was having a nice tournament. Sat in the top 5 entering the final round, Bezuidenhout had a nightmare final round shooting an 82 to take himself out of contention. However, I think he would have learned a lot from competing at the top end of a major and think he has the game to do well this week.
Top Australian Golfer
One of my favorite bets ahead of the tournament has to be Marc Leishman to be the top Australian golfer. Leishman is a former winner and two-time runner-up of The Farmers which is held at the same course as this week’s U.S. Open. Leishman has had a good year with a string of top 10 finishes and a victory at The Zurich Classic. Currently priced at +300 and behind in the betting to compatriots Cameron Smith and Adam Scott, I am banking on Leishman’s experience and backing him to be the top Aussie.
One of the most surprising markets is that ‘Lefty’ currently isn’t the favorite to finish as the best lefty in the tournament. Phil Mickelson is currently third in the Lefty market +300, sitting behind Brian Harman and Garrick Higgo.
Mickleson is still riding the crest of the wave following his shock US PGA win and with Torrey Pines being something of a homecoming tournament for Mickleson, he will fancy his chances to complete the career grand slam. With a strong home backing and his confidence bound to be high, I think Mickleson to finish as the top ranked left handed player is one of the bets of the week.
To Miss Cut
Adam Scott +120
Scott has had a quiet season, missing the cut at The US PGA and finishing 54th at The Masters. He has had some success at Torrey Pines this season with a tenth place finish, but he seems to have lost a bit of his sparkle. I think he has has work to do to make the cut this weekend.
Tommy Fleetwood +110
Fleetwood has really struggled this year, missing cuts at The Players and The US PGA. Fleetwood only managed a 46th place finish at The Masters. It’s his driving that has let him down this year, Fleetwood currently sees himself ranked 86th in driving accuracy and needs to rediscover this part of his game quickly. With the promise of thick rough and fast firm fairways, I think the Englishman needs to sharpen up his driving or he could be set for another tough week.
All prices according to DraftKings golf sportsbook and correct at the time of publishing.