Jun 5th, 2016
Is it Sergio’s time for a Major?
The bookies think so
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
As the second Major of the golf season looms with the US Open kicking off on June 13th, speculation on a potential winner has started.
Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania last held the US Open back in 2007, when Angel Cabrera took the title with a score of five-over, which ties for the highest winning score over par since 2000, and says a lot about how hard a course this is.
To prosper at Oakmont it’s all about accuracy from tee-to-green, as the rough is penal and there are undulating landing zones. And that’s before the lightening fast greens come into play.
One theory being voiced by leading bookmakers, Ladbrokes, is that the quality of iron play will have a significant bearing on who the final winner is.
Their theory is backed up by the fact that no winner of the tournament since 2010 has ranked worse than 18th for greens in regulation during the week.
When Cabrera won at Oakmont he ranked third in greens in regulation across his four rounds, so finding someone who has accuracy in this department could be vital to picking a winner.
And this is where Sergio comes into the frame. He ranks second for greens in regulation, having hit 71.89 per cent of them so far this season.
He is in great form, and will be buoyed by his victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He also finished third at the Spanish Open, two shots behind the winner Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnson, who will be making his US Open debut having qualified at Walton Heath.
Ladbrokes are offering 33/1 for Sergio to win the US Open. We like the theories, and would love to see Sergio finally get a Major under his belt.