The U.S. Open Championship is largest of all four major championships and Brooks Koepka seeks a third successive victory when the action starts on Thursday. In our comprehensive guide, we answer all the things you need to know and offer six possible contenders for the title.
The 119th U.S. Open Championship will take place on June 13-16, 2019.
The 2019 U.S. Open Championship will take place at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California. Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the U.S. Open in five consecutive decades and the 119th edition will be the 13th USGA championship to be conducted at the resort.
The par 71 course plays 7,040 yards and has hosted the U.S. Open Championship on five occasions.
In 1972, Jack Nicklaus won the third of his record-tying four U.S. Opens. Tom Watson and Tom Kite claimed their lone U.S. Open titles in 1982 and 1992, respectively.
In 2000, Tiger Woods won the first of his three U.S. Opens with a historic 15-stroke triumph, and Graeme McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open in 2010.
Hugging the coastline near Carmel Bay, Pebble Beach was established in 1919, so this is the public course’s 100th anniversary year.
Brooks Koepka has won the last two editions of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, at Erin Hills (2017) and Shinnecock Hills GC (2018). Previous winners include Dustin Johnson (2016), Jordan Spieth (2015), Martin Kaymer (2014), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Rory McIlroy (2011).
Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open victories, with four apiece. Hale Irwin was the oldest winner at 45 years and 15 days in 1990. The youngest was John McDermott at 19 years, 10 months and 14 days in 1911.
The cream has invariably risen to the top in recent years, with the U.S. Open going to well-known stars.
Brooks Koepka, who took the last two renewals, and the PGA Championship in 2019, is among the favourites for the $12 million purse, the largest of all four major championships and second largest of all PGA Tour events.
Dustin Johnson (2016 winner), Jordan Spieth (2015) , Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker all boast fine records at Pebble Beach, and with the ever-popular Tiger Woods seeking a 16th Major, the 2019 U.S. Open should prove a competitive and thrilling as ever.
We look at six players who should contend this week.
The GentingBet golf odds suggest you can’t leave the World No.1 off the shortlist. He has won just one Major and this course is tailor made for the 34-year-old.
At Pebble Beach, he has finished inside the top eight on nine occasions and he has been outside the top 40 four times. It is feast or famine, but mostly the former.
Johnson should have won here in 2010, but for a disastrous final round 82 saw him surrender a three-shot lead. He has finished inside to the top 10 at Pebble Beach on 10 of 13 tries, and his form at last week’s Canadian Open was solid – he hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation during his final round and did not miss on any putts within 10 feet.
There is the question on whether the recent split from coach Claude Harmon III, who had been with him for 12 of his 20 wins over the last five years, would have a positive or negative impact, but he has worked with Alan Terrell before including during the build-up to last month’s PGA Championship.
Having been runner-up in the first two Majors of the year, DJ could be set to go one better this time.
Coming off a win at Memorial at the Memorial and top 10 finishes in this season’s first two major championships, the former amateur World no.1 Cantlay could make a strong case for being the most in-form player in the line-up right now. Other than Koepka and Dustin Johnson, Cantlay is the only player to finish in the top 10 (T9 at the Masters, T3 at the PGA) in each of the year’s first two majors.
The 27-year-old led late at the Masters until two bogeys over the last three holes, but his birdie barrage, shooting 8-under in the final round in Ohio, underlined the World No.8s form. He is putting superbly and has now begun to show he can close things out.
Despite having been nagged by a back problem, Jason Day was in contention (fifth) at the Masters and has been largely consistent this season.
Brilliant on poa annua, he has a happy knack of being able to get up and down from anywhere and has finished inside the top-ten in five of his eight US Open appearances.
The Australian has six top-six finishes in 10 starts at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and is using the services of services of Tiger Woods’ former caddie, Steve Williams, at the Monterey course as he bids to land a second major, six years after his first at the PGA Championship.
The Italian was under the weather when he should have added a second major to his bag in the Masters. He had been on antibiotics, having picked up a bug from his children, and ran out of gas on the final day.
Such is the heavy rough at Pebble Beach, being metronomic from tee to green will put you in contention more often than not and despite going MC-48-53 in his last three tournaments since, it must be remembered that his last three majors prior to his T48 in the PGA Championship were win-T6-T5.
Though is only trip to Pebble Beach as a pro resulted in a missed cut at the 2010 U.S. Open, he has the right game and a chip on his shoulder after Augusta.
Precise ball striking is key at Pebble Beach thanks to small greens and the Pacific winds, and Fleetwood is perfectly at home on links courses. Though yet to win on U.S. soil, he finished runner-up with a closing 63 at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open last year and the 27-year-old Englishman is usually among those who rank in the top rank for hitting greens in regulation.
Another who is consistent at hitting greens in regulation, but has not won since August 2017 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he claimed his fifth win on the PGA Tour.
Still, he had a storming third day at the Memorial, but eventually finished sixth, eight shots behind Cantlay. The lack of Pebble Beach experience is a slight concern, but he is one of those who have been in good form this year and it won’t be long before he regains the winning thread.
Seven of the last 12 winners of the U.S. Open have been leading or tied for the lead through 36 holes and two of the 12 sat second, so it is perhaps worth remembering that when you bet in-running over all four days with Genting Bet.