4 Sportsbook Reasons the US Open is the Best Major TourneyPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The 2017 US Open, one of online golf betting’s premier events, kicks off this Thursday. No doubt a good portion of the nation – and the world, will be tuning in for this year’s tournament, making sportsbook lines as frugal as possible.
2017 United States Open Championship
Start: Thursday, June 15th
End: Sunday, June 18th
TV: Fox (US), Fox Sports 1 (US), Sky Sports ¼ (UK), Fox Deportes
Stream: Sky Go App (UK), Fox Sports Go (US)
Dustin Johnson enters as this year’s favorite to go all the way, but we haven’t seen a champion repeat at the US Open in nearly two decades. Especially when considering the long list of former US Open champions that Johnson will be competing against. But the fierce competition this year’s tourney will provide is just one of the many reasons that sports betting sites believe the US Open is the best Major Championship. Below are a few more.
A Winning Formula
The USGA has built up an unruly reputation that paints them as an insipid and unmoving group. However, given their knack for finding the best golfer in the land since 1895, online golf betting fans have no qualms about that reputation.
The USGA may be located in Far Hills, New Jersey, but their jurisdiction extends much further. From testing the latest equipment, to make last-minute rule changes, the USGA is always busy making sure to deliver the most competitive and thrilling tournaments possible.
One of the ways the USGA livens up the tournament, as well as sportsbook lines, is by allowing amateur golfers to participate in the field. Michael Kim, 2013’s winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award, Max Homa, 2013 NCAA Individual Champion, and Michael Weaver, 2012’s US Amateur Champion, have all put up a strong performance at the US Open. However, Francis Ouimet – who the film The Greatest Game Ever Played is about – will always hold a special place in our hearts for becoming the first amateur to win a US Open in 1913.
An Outstanding Course Selection
The USGA does a lot of things right but the thing it does best is its course selection. In the past they’ve chosen nonpareil public courses like Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines, and Pebble Beach. But they’ve also been known to mix it up with prestigious historic courses like Congressional, Winged Foot, Oakmont and Olympic.
But regardless of which course they select, online golf betting fans can be sure the competition will be held at one of the nation’s best courses. On top of that, bettors can be certain that the USGA will make the course as tough as possible, making the par as relevant as possible. After all, the USGA doesn’t like to see too many red numbers at the US Open.
A Finish for the Fathers
The US Open always finishes on Father’s Day. Every year. This makes the event an optimal choice for sons looking to spend some time with their father, cracking cold ones, and making some lame jokes.