Next week sees the 2015 US Open at the Chambers Bay Golf Cub in Washington State. The event is previewed here with outright bets from the fancied to outsiders

Recommendations

All each way (currently 5 places 1,2,3,4 though you should get six places prior to the event)

Dustin Johnson 20-1 William Hill

Phil Mickelson 25-1 William Hill

Shane Lowry 150-1 William Hill

George Coetzee 250-1 Coral

for the outsiders backing a top 10 finish may be an alternative when markets are up

The US Open heads back to the West Coast next week as Washington hosts the major tournament for the first time. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will be chasing his second US Open title at Chambers Bay and he has been installed as the 7/1 favourite with Masters champion Jordan Spieth 9/1 to repeat his win in the first major of the year.

More than ever though this is a wide open tournament. Why?

The U.S. Open often produces a very tough tournament with courses set up with narrow fairways, thick rough and firm greens. The fear of the unknown is the theme in the days before this year’s Open, though with few players with any experience of Chambers Bay, the new links course on the site of an old gravel quarry outside Seattle.

Chambers Bay is just 8 years old and has never hosted a professional event. In its first national television appearance five years ago for an amateur championship the scoring average was near 80. The course is at its longest a 7,585-yard, par-70, but it is not the length that is of concern it is the extreme links elements to this seaside course. Firm fescue grass will force approach shots to arrive at the green by land, requiring players to navigate the course’s severe slopes. An exposed course the wind also looks to be a defence for this course.

“The first time you play it, it’s like St. Andrews,” Phil Mickelson said after his practice rounds at Chambers Bay. “You don’t know where to go”

Rory McIlroy is currently the favorite. His very first major was the 2011 US Open in Bethesda. After winning both The Open Championship and the PGA Championship last year, McIlroy finished fourth in this year’s Masters, his best ever finish at Augusta.

That top-four finish was one of McIlroy’s five top 10 finishes in seven PGA events this year. He won two of those tournaments, his most recent victory coming in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in mid-May. However, he has missed the cut in his last two tournaments, the Irish Open and the BMW PGA Championship both on the European Tour.

Jordan Spieth finished a disappointing 17th at Pinehurst last year, and then won the Masters in April to claim his first career major. Spieth will come into this year’s US Open in great form. He’s had nine top 10 finishes in 17 events this season, including three wins. He has two top-three finishes in his last three tournaments. He finished in a three-way tie for second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and placed third at the Memorial Tournament in early June.

Looking at the rest of the field, the characteristics of Chambers Bay suggest we should be looking at form from The Open Championship rather than US Open when trying to pick a winner

I have selected four players with Open form, that also should suit the characteristics required here

- good long game
- ability to scramble and be adaptable

The two shorter priced golfers:

Dustin Johnson 20-1

Has enjoyed an excellent return to Tour action and appears to have the game for this. One of the longest hitters in the game, three top tens in the US Open and four top tens in The Open

Phil Mickelson 25-1

He may not be the as competitive week in week out as he once was but he is still in contention in majors – he has finished runner-up in the last two. The 2013 Open winner has nine top ten finishes on British links, and six top three finishes in the US Open.  Still superb chipping and scrambling and will be there or thereabouts especially if the wind and weather play a factor

Shane Lowry 150-1

Lowry likes links, finishing in the top 10 in the Open last year and is a high-class golfer close to breaking through.

George Coetzee 250-1

Up-and-coming South African is a two-time winner on the European Tour this year. Two Open top twenties show a glimpse of his potential

Recommendations

All each way (currently 5 places 1,2,3,4 though you should get six places prior to the event)

Dustin Johnson 20-1 William Hill

Phil Mickelson 25-1 William Hill

Shane Lowry 150-1 William Hill

George Coetzee 250-1 Coral

for the outsiders backing a top 10 finish may be an alternative when markets are up